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The Tolstoy Estate, by Steven Conte

The Tolstoy Estate (published by HarperCollins/4th Estate AU, 2020), by Steven Conte, a writer based in Warrnambool, in the Australian state of Victoria, is another of the six shortlisted finalists in the born-again The Age Book of the Year award. A work of historical fiction, The Tolstoy Estate re-lives the failed Nazi invasion of the …

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Lucky’s, by Andrew Pippos

If Lucky’s (published by Picador/Pan Macmillan Australia, 2020), the debut novel of Sydney based Australian writer Andrew Pippos, is anything to go by, then there’s far more to your local cafe than meets the eye. For instance, have you ever thought about the history standing behind the place where you wait for your coffee or …

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Monday 2 August 2021
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Bookmarks: Monday 2 August, 2021

It’s like Groundhog Day around here for more reasons than one. Mainly though because I’m saying another week, another book prize, and other red-letter date for ink-drinkers across the land. Currently reading A year after taking out the Miles Franklin Award, and I am (finally) reading The Yield, by Tara June Winch. The Age Book …

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The Yellow Villa, by Amanda Hampson

Do you really need to move to the other side of the world to start a new life? That’s what thirty-something former Sydneysiders Mia and Ben think, in The Yellow Villa (published by Penguin Random House, 2018), the fourth novel of Sydney based Australian author Amanda Hampson. The couple have moved lock, stock, and barrel …

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Monday 26 July 2021
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Bookmarks: Monday 26 July, 2021

Another week, another book prize announcement coming up, and for those in some parts of Australia, the prospect of an ongoing lockdown. Books, movies, exercise, work from home, and Facetime, will see us through hopefully. Currently reading The Bass Rock, by Evie Wyld. The Booker Prize Longlist The longlist of contenders for the 2021 Booker …

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The Paper House, by Anna Spargo-Ryan

Sometimes it’s difficult to see the story for the words in The Paper House (published by Picador/Pan Macmillan Australia, 2016), the debut novel of Australian journalist and writer, Anna Spargo-Ryan. But let me elaborate before going any further. Heather and Dave are a young couple who move to Melbourne, so Dave can take up a …

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