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Under the Tamarind Tree by Nigar Alam

Under the Tamarind Tree by Nigar Alam

Set in Karachi, Pakistan and alternating between two time periods, Under the Tamarind Tree is an appealing debut ...
Stories That Want to Be Told by Judith Neilson Institute

Stories That Want to Be Told by Judith Neilson Institute

This series of nine long-form essays is the result of a mentoring program where emerging writers are paired with ...
The Star on the Grave by Linda Margolin Royal

The Star on the Grave by Linda Margolin Royal

  In Sydney 1968 everything changes when Rachel Margol finds out her name is Rachel Margolin. Everything ...
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 ...
Maya’s Dance by Helen Signy

Maya’s Dance by Helen Signy

Maya's Dance is an inspiring novel is based on the true story of a Holocaust survivor. Maya is only 17 when she ...
Justice and Hope by Raimond Gaita

Justice and Hope by Raimond Gaita

Raymond Gaita is a philosopher best known for his memoir Romulus, My Father. Gaita was born in post-war Germany ...
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 Night Parade by Jami Nakamura Lin

The Night Parade by Jami Nakamura Lin

Jami Nakamura Lin was not diagnosed with bipolar disorder until she was 17. Until that age she was always angry, ...
Making It So: A memoir by Patrick Stewart

Making It So: A memoir by Patrick Stewart

Mirfield in the 'working-class corner of Northern England’. Patrick’s father, a highly respected regimental ...
The Storm We Made by Vanessa Chan

The Storm We Made by Vanessa Chan

Cecily is desperate to be more than a housewife to a low-level bureaucrat in British-colonised Malaya. A chance ...
The Mystery Writer by Sulari Gentill

The Mystery Writer by Sulari Gentill

Gentill is a prolific writer: 10 books already in the ‘Rowland Sinclair’ series, plus the 'Hero Trilogy'. And this ...
In the Lives of the Puppets by T J Kingfisher

In the Lives of the Puppets by T J Kingfisher

In the Lives of Puppets is set decades after the rise of a robot empire, where our main character, Victor Lawson, ...
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, ...
My Especially Weird Week With Tess by Anna Woltz

My Especially Weird Week With Tess by Anna Woltz

My Especially Weird Week With Tess is a small book which doesn’t shy away from tackling big issues – death, ...
The Rip by Holly Craig

The Rip by Holly Craig

Western Australians are familiar with Rottnest Island, a place of white sand, limestone and blue-green sea some 30 ...
Suffering, Redemption and Triumph by Peter Brune

Suffering, Redemption and Triumph by Peter Brune

The subject matter of the first wave of post-war Australian immigrants (1947-1960s) is fascinating. The flow of ...
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 ...

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