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The Vulnerables by Sigrid Nunez

The Vulnerables by Sigrid Nunez

While The Vulnerables is a pandemic story, it is more an exploration on the thought process of a writer in ...
The Bullet Swallower by Elizabeth Gonzales James

The Bullet Swallower by Elizabeth Gonzales James

There just aren’t enough superlatives to describe how good this book is. It’s an epic of Greek myth proportions, ...
The Broken Wave by Matthew Ryan Davies

The Broken Wave by Matthew Ryan Davies

Drew Iverson is a writer from Minneapolis, working on his second novel. His first wasn’t hugely successful: ...
Rabbit Hole by Kate Brody

Rabbit Hole by Kate Brody

Rabbit Hole is a well-intentioned, beautifully written novel about mental illness and a life derailed by internet ...
The Mystery Guest by Nita Prose

The Mystery Guest by Nita Prose

Molly the maid, who we first met in The Maid, is back. Life has looked up since the murder of Mr Black: she is now ...
History’s Angel by Anjum Hasan

History’s Angel by Anjum Hasan

Alif is an idealistic history teacher of nine-year-olds in Delhi. He is an Indian Muslim, living through a time ...
The Roadmap of Loss by Liam Murphy

The Roadmap of Loss by Liam Murphy

Dylan Ward is killed in a car accident only weeks after walking out on his wife and five-year-old son, Mark, ...
The Interpretation of Cakes by Allan Tegg

The Interpretation of Cakes by Allan Tegg

I’m not quite sure what to make of this novel. The title refers to a cake shop in the Jewish area of Budapest ...
The Italian Marriage by Jenna Lo Bianco

The Italian Marriage by Jenna Lo Bianco

Would you marry a stranger, an heir to a fortune, for a year to fulfil an ancient marriage clause? What if the ...
The Alternatives by Caoilinn Hughes

The Alternatives by Caoilinn Hughes

Novels that explore the complexities and paradoxes of sisterhood with real authenticity are rare. In The ...
The Glass House by Graeme Simsion & Anne Buist

The Glass House by Graeme Simsion & Anne Buist

The third collaboration between husband and wife writing team, Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist, The Glass House ...
Days of Innocence and Wonder by Lucy Treloar

Days of Innocence and Wonder by Lucy Treloar

Towards the end of Days of Innocence and Wonder the narrator says, ‘I suppose we’re all looking for somewhere safe ...
Good Material by Dolly Alderton

Good Material by Dolly Alderton

Andy is 35 years old and always thought his life would look a lot different than it is. He is a comedian who ...
Crooked Plow by Itamar Vieira Junior 

Crooked Plow by Itamar Vieira Junior 

This South American novel is a timeless mix of social and magical realism. It’s set relatively recently, but the ...
Tidelines by Sarah Sasson

Tidelines by Sarah Sasson

Hailed as a remarkable new literary talent, Sarah Sasson has written a debut novel rich with humanity and ...
Come and Get it By Kiley Reid

Come and Get it By Kiley Reid

Come and Get It follows the intertwining stories of young women at the University of Arkansas. Millie is an RA ...
The Great Undoing By Sharlene Allsopp

The Great Undoing By Sharlene Allsopp

In the not-too-distant future, when this novel is set, the lessons learned from our last pandemic are applied to a ...
Light Over Liskeard by Louis de Bernières

Light Over Liskeard by Louis de Bernières

His name is Arthur, but no one calls him that. He’s Q, or QC, which stands for quantum cryptographer, his ...
Kind of Sort of Maybe, But Probably Not by Imbi Neeme

Kind of Sort of Maybe, But Probably Not by Imbi Neeme

In recent years there’s been a spate of novels featuring protagonists with various neurodevelopmental disorders. ...
Hard by a Great Forest by Leo Vardiashvili

Hard by a Great Forest by Leo Vardiashvili

Devotees of Grimm’s fairytales will recognise the title of this book as the first line of ‘Hansel and Gretel’. In ...
Complication by Fikret Pajalic

Complication by Fikret Pajalic

This is a compilation of 16 stories from a writer who came to Australia in his 20s as a refugee from the Balkans. ...

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