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Big Beautiful Female Theory by Eloise Grills

Eloise Grills’ debut book is a boisterous examination of beauty standards, sexuality, misogyny, consumerism and the cruel vicissitudes of modern life. Part memoir, part cultural commentary, the book …

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Portrait of a Thief by Grace D. Li

All I needed to know about Li’s book before deciding I absolutely had to read it, was that it was a heist novel centred on Chinese diaspora stealing back looted Chinese art from Western museums. I do…

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Nightcrawling by Leila Mottley

Nightcrawling is the highly anticipated and impressive debut novel by Leila Mottley, the 2018 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate. Deeply affected by true events in her hometown of Oakland, California, in 20…

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Harvest Lingo by Lionel Fogarty

I first read Lionel Fogarty’s poetry when I was at uni and I was stunned. Although I had loved poetry for a long time, I was more familiar with modern poets than with contemporary Australian and Firs…

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Guardians (Wylah: The Koorie Warrior, Book 1) by Jordan Gould & Richard Pritchard

What started out as an exciting day for Wylah – her first day teaching her village’s little ones how to do cave paintings – ends dramatically when she’s caught in a cave-in with one of the children, …

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Translating Myself and Others by Jhumpa Lahiri

Admirers of Jhumpa Lahiri’s work might mistakenly think that working in languages other than English was a new direction for her, but as she recounts in Translating Myself and Others, when she was wr…

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The Museum of Broken Things by Lauren Draper

The Museum of Broken Things ticks quite a few of the boxes in contemporary YA writing: a mysterious past trauma, a good-looking love interest and the loneliness of relocation. Luckily the plot broade…

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When We Fell Apart by Soon Wiley

When We Fell Apart is a beautifully written mystery, character study and examination of both American and Korean culture. Min, a man in his late twenties, is visited by a detective who tells him Yu-j…

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Open your heart to Country by Jasmine Seymour

After her renowned picture books Baby Business and Cooee Mittigar, Jasmine Seymour is back with Open Your Heart to Country. This is a visually stunning picture book; Seymour’s distinctive illustratio…

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Cress Watercress by Gregory Maguire

From Gregory Maguire, author of the book that inspired the stage phenomenon Wicked, and stunningly supported by picture book creator David Litchfield’s glorious illustrations full of colour and imagi…

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