Page 5 of our reviews

Echoes of Life by Alice Sara Ott

The past will always echo through the years, affecting the future in ways that are surprising and often far reaching. Would Chopin have guessed that in the year 2021 we would still be playing and rev…

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Squirrel Do Bad by Stephen Pastis

Welcome to Trubble Town where our protagonist Wendy has decided to rebel against an overprotective parent. This process begins with consuming an excess of sugar and descends into total chaos for the …

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The Forevers by Chris Whitaker

What would you do if the world was going to end in 30 days?

There is an asteroid heading towards earth. It has been moving towards us for a decade, looming above in space. There have been repeated …

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Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty

I was relatively late to the party with Liane Moriarty. I’m embarrassed to admit that I was basically bullied into reading her by a workmate who correctly interpreted my rolling eyes as literary snob…

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The British Project by City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra & Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla

I always like being honest in my reviews and to be frank, this is an odd duck of a recording: the glories of Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, paired with the almost unknown arr…

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Lies, Damned Lies by Claire G. Coleman

Noongar writer Claire G. Coleman blazed onto the local literary scene like a comet with her debut novel Terra Nullius in 2017. With its ingenious blend of historical and speculative fiction, it chall…

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Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead

Colson Whitehead’s new novel, Harlem Shuffle, centres on Ray Carney, a furniture store owner who is doing a bad job of flying straight. His father was an infamous crook, and despite Ray’s best effort…

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Pax: Journey Home by Sara Pennypacker

If you’ve read Sara Pennypacker’s 2016 novel Pax, then chances are you count it among your favourite reads. Pax is the story about the powerful bond of kinship between a boy called Peter and the epon…

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Travelling Companions by Antoni Jach

My brother Luke says this thing: ‘It’s not the destination. It isn’t even the journey. It’s the company.’ Antoni Jach’s novel Travelling Companions, which presents a particularly untroubled dream-vis…

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The Women of Troy by Pat Barker

In The Women of Troy, Pat Barker returns to the bloodied sands of ancient Greece to continue the story of her acclaimed retelling of The Iliad, The Silence of the Girls. The novel begins in the belly…

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