Book Reviews

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Memorial Author: Bryan WashingtonPublisher: Atlantic Reading this book takes a little getting used to. Conversations take place but there are no quotation marks (a technique used in the acclaimed book…


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Comrades! Lives of Australian Communists Edited by Bob Boughton, Danny Blackman, Mike Donaldson, Carmel Shute and Beverley Symons, SEARCH Foundation, 2020.New International Bookshop (www.nibs.org.au). Comrades! comprises stories of 100 rank…


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If I Had Your Face Author: Frances ChaPublisher: Penguin If I Had Your Face is the debut novel from Frances Cha about a group of young women who live in…


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The Spy Who Came in From the Cold – Author: John le Carré – Publisher: Penguin – When John le Carré (aka David Cornwall) passed away back in December there…




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Wow, No Thank You Author: Samantha Irby –Publisher: Faber & Faber – “I have been stuck with a smelly, actively decaying body that I never asked for,” Irby writes, “and…


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A Room Made of Leaves Author: Kate GrenvillePublisher: Text Publishing Much is written about the officers that established the penal colony in Australia, but little is known about their wives….


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Monogamy Author: Sue MillerPublisher: Bloomsbury Publishing This is a story about Annie and Graham. Both had been previously married and were divorced when they met at the launch of Graham’s…


Little Eyes – Book Review

Author: Samanta Schweblin – Publisher: Oneworld – Kentukis are all the rage. “It’s a cell phone with legs.” Keepers buy these gadgets with their camera and speaker enclosed within a…


Book Review – One By One

Author: Ruth Ware –Publisher: Vintage – Snoop is an app that allows people to listen to your music, “Voyeurism for your ears,” is what the company calls it. If you…


Book Review – The Survivors

Author: Jane Harper – Publisher: Macmillan – We’ve all made mistakes and have regrets. Wish we could undo something from our past. But imagine making a mistake that lead to…







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Shuggie Bain – Author: Douglas StuartPublisher: Picador We first meet Hugh (Shuggie) Bain when he is 16 working at a deli counter at a supermarket and living in a tenement…