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Finnish author Riikka Pulkkinen makes her English debut with her second novel, True. Read the first chapter here!

...A "subtly sophisticated gem of a novel" is how Joyce Nickel describes Mary Horlock's The Book of Lies. Read more...

The recent Bellweather Prize winning novel, Running the Rift by Naomi Benaron, is reviewed by Judy Lim

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AFTER THE APOCALYPSE
Maureen McHugh

After the Apocalypse, a new short story collection by science fiction/fantasy writer Maureen F. McHugh, caught me off-guard. I curled up with the book in bed one night. At first, I found myself chuckling over the opening story, "The Naturalist," about a man imprisoned on a "zombie preserve" ….
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Reviewed by Kathi Ambrogi
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BITE YOUR TONGUE
Francesca Rendle-Short

Bite Your Tongue is part memoir, part fictionalised memories of Australian writer Francesca Rendle-Short, who is trying to make sense of a childhood lived in the overpowering shadow of her mother Angel. Angel was a Christian moral crusader…
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Reviewed by Charlotte Simpson
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THE WORLD WE FOUND
Thrity Umrigar

In her fifth novel Thrity Umrigar explores the haunting themes of love and loss, idealism and disappointment, commitment and betrayal. The World We Found belongs alongside…
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Reviewed by Dorothy Dudek Vinicombe
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THE SCRAPBOOK OF FRANKIE PRATT
Caroline Preston

The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt reads like a fairy-tale journey of a young woman who wants to be a writer and embark on a life of adventure. Frankie's travels span a dramatic decade of history…
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Reviewed by Leonie Clark


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Sudha Balagopal invites readers into the world of South Indian Carnatic music in the seven short stories of her debut collection. Amanda Meale reviews it for us. image Included with this review is a performance by veena virtuoso Nirmala Rajasekar
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