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Nothing To Be Frightened Of: Julian Barnes

This is the year for books about death – how we approach it, worry about it and prepare for it. And while Julian Barnes’s new book is not only about death, the grim reaper is certainly causing Barnes…

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Something to Tell You: Hanif Kureishi

Hanif Kureishi might forever be associated with the 90s (The Buddha of Suburbia, My Beautiful Laundrette) –but with Something to Tell You, I am very happy to report that he’s back(!), with a rich, im…

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The Best Australian Political Writing 2008: Tony Jones (Ed)

2007 was a passionate and partisan year in Australian politics and not just because of the federal election. A number of other controversial issues – the climate change debate, Aboriginal policy, the…

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Here Is What Is: Daniel Lanois

Daniel Lanois is a bit of a legend around these parts. He has produced some of my favourite albums of all time, for the likes of Emmylou Harris, Bob Dylan, U2 – not to mention his own very good solo …

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The Ice Princess: Camilla Leckberg

In an icy Swedish fishing village, Erica Falck, a writer, finds the dead body of Alex Wijkner in a frozen bathtub. At first glance she appears to have taken her own life, but Alex’s mother insists th…

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The Blackstone Key

In Cambridge in 1795, Mary Finch, a young school teacher, sets out on a journey to visit her uncle, her only living relative after the death of her parents three years before. Her uncle’s request tha…

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Small Crimes

Seven years after he was sent to prison for stabbing a fellow police officer during a robbery, Joe Denton, one-time crooked cop, is paroled, and returns to his home town of Bradley in Vermont. Determ…

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The Death Chamber: Sarah Rayne

Calvary. It’s a name with a long history. And, in the case of Calvary Gaol, in the north of England, it is a place imprinted with bleakness and despair. Georgina Grey’s family history is interwoven w…

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Pip: The Story of Olive: Kim Kane

With a voice fresh as a sea breeze and warm as a summer’s day, Pip is delightfully funny, yet poignant. Olive spends many hours wandering alone through her ramshackle and chaotic home by the sea. She…

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Julius Winsome: Gerard Donovan

Irish-born writer, Gerard Donovan, wanted Julius Winsome, his third novel, to whisper to the reader – and readers will be seduced by Julius’s quiet wisdom, just as his springtime lover briefly is: ‘A…

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