Page 5 of our reviews

The Wondrous Workings of Planet Earth by Rachel Ignotofsky

Reviewed by Angela Crocombe

This is a highly illustrated, fascinating guidebook to ecosystems, featuring key animals and plants. Rachel Ignotofsky, bestselling author and illustrator of Women in Science, delightfully displays b…

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Evening in Paradise by Lucia Berlin

Reviewed by Leanne Hermosilla

I read Evening in Paradise in a single sitting, mesmerised by the places and characters, and what they revealed about the cultures of the times. Names recur but are intermingled. A character from one…

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Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver

Reviewed by Elke Power

Barbara Kingsolver is perhaps best known for her award-winning novels The Poisonwood Bible (1998) and The Lacuna (2009), though her numerous other works will also be familiar to many. With her much-a…

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The Lost Man by Jane Harper

Reviewed by Fiona Hardy

Jane Harper won so many awards for her debut novel, The Dry, that I could use my entire word count just listing them. But if I did that, I wouldn’t have the chance to tell you to go and read this, he…

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Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know by Colm Tóibín

Reviewed by Bernard Caleo

In his 2013 book New Ways to Kill Your Mother: Writers and Their Families, Colm Tóibín exposed a roster of famous writers behaving badly. With Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know: The Fathers of Wilde, Yeats

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Crimson by Niviaq Korneliussen

Reviewed by Marie Matteson

Niviaq Korneliussen begins her novel Crimson with a letter to the reader: ‘I began creating characters and stories on paper and suddenly the whole world was available to me.’

Crimson, originally tit…

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Heartland by Sarah Smarsh

Reviewed by Kara Nicholson

The product of multiple generations of teenage mothers, Sarah Smarsh was just a child and living below the poverty line in rural Kansas when she first heard a voice from within. This voice grew into …

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Red Birds by Mohammed Hanif

Reviewed by Michael McLoughlin

Major Ellie crashes his sixty-five-million dollar jet in the desert near the refugee camp he was supposed to bomb. It’s not really a high priority target, but Ellie was thrown a bone by his commander…

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The Arsonist by Chloe Hooper

Reviewed by Alison Huber

In February 2009, the state of Victoria experienced extreme weather events that provided the perfect conditions for the bushfire catastrophe that has come to be known as Black Saturday. One hundred a…

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Ohio by Stephen Markley

Reviewed by Joanna Di Mattia

In the post-9/11 era, foreign wars, financial meltdowns, diminishing opportunities, and increasing alienation have shaped the United States of America. A generation of young people have come of age i…

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