Page 8 of our reviews

Honeyland

Honeyland is a lyrical, realist documentary and an intimate character study of a resilient, wise woman. Hatidze Muratova is in her fifties, living a simple life in a remote and primitive mountain vil…

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Death and the Maiden by 12 Ensemble

Fans of the Australian Chamber Orchestra will instantly recognise the oeuvre of 12 Ensemble. They are a string orchestra that performs as a chamber ensemble, with no conductor. This brings a heighten…

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Hazelwood by Tom Doig

In February 2014, the Hazelwood open-pit brown-coal mine caught fire and burned out of control for forty-five days. Residents of the impoverished Latrobe Valley endured months of toxic air pollution.…

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The Rain Heron by Robbie Arnott

‘A farmer lived, but not well.’ The opening line of Robbie Arnott’s second novel, The Rain Heron, grabs you by the throat. The rest of the novel never lets you go. In a swirling display of rich, desc…

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The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games series – a rollicking mishmash of Battle Royale and America’s Got Talent – sparked endless copycats. But the master herself has returned for this bloody, bold and resolu…

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Square Haunting by Francesca Wade

I love women’s history. I love group biographies. I love English social and cultural history in the period between the wars. And I love Bloomsbury, the place and its lore. So it’s no surprise then th…

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Burn by Patrick Ness

You never know what you will get with a new Patrick Ness novel, but you can guarantee it will be utterly unique and extraordinarily beautiful. In his latest story, Burn, Ness delves into an alternate…

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Play with Your Plate! by Judith Rossell

From the award-winning author and illustrator of the much-loved Stella Montgomery series, Judith Rossell, we now have the wonderful novelty board book Play with Your Plate!.

A fun and clever creatio…

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Sometimes Cake by Edwina Wyatt

Sometimes Cake is picture-book perfection at its scrumptious best! If this book were a cake, I’d gobble it up again and again and again. In every way, it reads a treat. The text is simple and effortl…

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Blended by Sharon M. Draper

From the author of Out of My Mind comes an incredible story of a girl living in two worlds. Eleven-year-old Isabella’s parents are divorced and hardly get along. She lives with her mum one week and h…

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