Page 7 of our reviews

After Sappho by Selby Wynn Schwartz

With After Sappho, Selby Wynn Schwartz takes an entrancing look at art, sapphism, feminism and the emancipation of women in 19th- and 20th-century Europe. Not just a feminist manifesto, After Sappho

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Holy Woman: A Divine Adventure by Louise Omer

Louise Omer was not born into a religious family. Like many teenagers, she began to feel like an outsider during adolescence, rejected by friends and her twin brother, Ben, who had withdrawn from fam…

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Words Are Eagles by Gregory Day

Occasionally I read a book that resonates so powerfully I am lost for words. It resists explication, often because I am still immersed in the writing and wish only to stay there. Words Are Eagles, Gr…

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Lapvona by Ottessa Moshfegh

It is always a thrill opening a new book by Ottessa Moshfegh. You never know what you’re going to get. The only certainty is that it’ll be unlike anything else you’ve ever read before. Her previous n…

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Lilly and Her Slave by Hans Fallada & Alexandra Roesch (trans.)

‘Hans Fallada’ is the nom de plume of Rudolf Ditzen (1893–1947), a German writer who chronicled desperate lives between the wars. His best-known novel, Alone in Berlin, published weeks after his deat…

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This Is Gonna End in Tears by Liza Klaussmann

This Is Gonna End in Tears is a captivating story about the strength of friendship, trying to forget the past and what happens when the past comes rushing back to you. Reading this was like a psyched…

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Women I Know by Katerina Gibson

I was incredibly excited and not at all surprised to learn that Melbourne author Katerina Gibson would be releasing their debut book, Women I Know, this year. Their work has appeared in literary jour…

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Raised by Wolves: A Memoir with Bite by Jess Ho

Having worked in hospitality since they were 15 years old, Jess Ho has extensive knowledge of Melbourne’s food scene and its evolution over the last two decades. In high school, they did the usual sh…

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Telltale: Reading, Writing, Remembering by Carmel Bird

When I was a child one of my favourite books was titled Help! I’m a Prisoner in the Library. The premise being you are thrillingly stuck, surrounded by bookshelves, where reading is the only option a…

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The Diplomat by Chris Womersley

The Diplomat is a companion of sorts rather than a sequel to Chris Womersley’s acclaimed third novel, Cairo. Named after a block of flats in Fitzroy, Cairo followed a group of art desperados living i…

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