Page 5 of our reviews

Brezania by Anthony Breslin

Reviewed by Angela Crocombe

Welcome to the magical world of Brezania, a colourful, chaotic universe populated by vibrant creatures that embark upon adventures, and invent and play in their extraordinary environment.

Melbourne …

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Catching Teller Crow by Ambelin Kwaymullina & Ezekiel Kwaymullina

Reviewed by Kim Gruschow

Catching Teller Crow is a story told through two unique voices, both belonging to young Aboriginal women. Beth Teller has died in a tragic accident but she stays with her father, who is aware of her …

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Meet Me at the Intersection by Rebecca Lim & Ambelin Kwaymullina

Reviewed by Leanne Hall

Masterminded by authors Rebecca Lim and Ambelin Kwaymullina, Meet Me at the Intersection is a highly successful and much-needed anthology of Australian Own Voices writing – stories about marginalised…

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Pretend I’m Dead by Jen Beagin

Reviewed by Annie Condon

Pretend I’m Dead is a stunning debut novel; its cover is filled with recommendations from established authors, and it tops my best reads for 2018. Jen Beagin has created a wonderful character in Mona…

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The Edge of Memory: Ancient Stories, Oral Tradition and the Post-Glacial World by Patrick Nunn

Reviewed by Kara Nicholson

Alexis Wright’s Tracker and Bruce Pascoe’s Dark Emu are two recent publications to challenge the colonialist nature of Western history and science. Both have rightfully become bestselling and award-w…

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The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker

Reviewed by Lian Hingee

Pat Barker won the Booker Prize in 1995 for Ghost Road, the third book in her trilogy about the horrors of the First World War. In The Silence of the Girls, Barker reaches much further back into hist…

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Now We Shall Be Entirely Free by Andrew Miller

Reviewed by Elke Power

English author Andrew Miller has been winning awards for his writing ever since his first book, Ingenious Pain, was published in 1997 and won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the International IM…

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Active Labour: Memoirs of a Working-Class Doctor by Percy Rogers

Reviewed by Susan Stevenson

Active Labour, the title of Percy Rogers’ autobiography, alludes to his work as an obstetrician pioneering the Lamaze method of childbirth, and also his life-long commitment to social activism. His f…

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Wisp by Zana Fraillon & Grahame Baker-Smith

Reviewed by George Delaney

Idris is a small boy in a small, dark world – a refugee camp where he has spent his whole life. The people there are lonely and suspicious, and have slowly had their memories and wishes worn away by …

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Man Out of Time by Stephanie Bishop

Reviewed by Alison Huber

Stephanie Bishop took themes of nostalgia, memory and migration and made them her own in her stunning 2015 Readings Prize-winning novel, The Other Side of the World. Bishop’s third novel, Man Out of

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