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No One Is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood

Patricia Lockwood is known for – among other things – saying very clever things on the internet. The unnamed protagonist of her highly anticipated first novel seems to have the same gig: she reckons …

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Hot Stew by Fiona Mozley

‘And I’m just fed up with the hypocrisy. People have sex for loads of different reasons. And, well, we have sex for money.’

Precious didn’t ask to be the figurehead of a movement. But when the broth…

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With the Falling of the Dusk by Stan Grant

Stan Grant’s new book is not a long book. It will only take you an evening to read, but my advice is to take your time with it. In With the Falling of the Dusk, Grant has created his snapshot of the …

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Ariadne by Jennifer Saint

There’s been a flush of novels based around feminist retellings of ancient myths lately. The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker and A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes depicted the fall of Troy as see…

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The Hard Crowd by Rachel Kushner

Rachel Kushner is a masterful storyteller. Her fiction is sharply insightful, completely original and always entertaining. This collection of short pieces proves her nonfiction to be just as engaging…

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Love Objects by Emily Maguire

Nic is smart, proud and quick-witted. She is 45-years old and sees her home as a sanctuary, yet to the outside world it becomes something else entirely. Nic could tell you the story about each ‘speci…

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This Is How by M.J. Hyland

This Is How is M.J. Hyland’s third and – though over a decade has passed since its publication in 2009 – most recent novel. It received high critical praise upon its release, including superlative re…

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Smokehouse by Melissa Manning

One of the joys of a collection of interlinked short stories is that it illuminates different aspects of character and location from multiple perspectives. Two of the best examples of this are Pulitz…

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Higher Ground by Anke Stellin

I have not been able to stop thinking about Anke Stelling’s brilliant novel Higher Ground. In trying to nail down just what made me want to pick it up again and again, I’d say the primary reason is t…

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Beethoven: Works for Flute by Emmanuel Pahud & Daniel Barenboim

Why is Beethoven so delightfully cute on the flute? Beethoven might be rolling in his grave as I say this, but as I listened to this album, I just kept finding myself smiling at the cheeky phrases ef…

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