The Galaxy, and the Ground Within, by Becky Chambers book cover
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The Galaxy, and the Ground Within, by Becky Chambers

There are bad places to make stopovers, and then are bad places to make stopovers. A planet devoid of air, water, and no native life, may not rate among best of holiday layovers, but that’s where three travellers, all hailing from different planets, find themselves after a breakdown in transport services leaves them stranded there …

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Rodham, by Curtis Sittenfeld book cover
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Rodham, by Curtis Sittenfeld

For the difficulties the idea poses, the world American writer Curtis Sittenfeld imagines in Rodham (published by Penguin Random House, 2020), is a little different to the one we’re familiar with. At least when it comes to presidents of the United States, and Hillary Clinton, nee Rodham, the former American Senator and Secretary of State. …

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Bookmarks: Monday 30 August, 2021
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Bookmarks: Monday 30 August, 2021

Hope you had a great week last week. Mine zipped by. It was Monday, then suddenly Friday afternoon arrived, and it was time to pack up for the weekend. So here we are again, it’s Monday, time to start all over again. Currently reading Present Tense: A Schalk Lourens Mystery, by Natalie Conyer. Read the …

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Alone in Space: A Collection, by Tillie Walden book cover
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Alone in Space: A Collection, by Tillie Walden

It’s not literary fiction, nor is it the type of fiction I normally feature, but it is Friday so that’s why you’re seeing the cover of Alone in Space: A Collection (published by Avery Hill Publishing, 2021), the recently released new collection of work by Tillie Walden, an American illustrator and cartoonist from Texas. Alone …

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Born Into This, by Adam Thompson

Born into This (published by University of Queensland Press, February 2021) is a collection of sixteen short stories, the debut work of Adam Thompson, an Indigenous author living in the Australian state of Tasmania. Set in Thompson’s home state, the stories look at the place of Indigenous, or First Nations, people in contemporary Australia, and …

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Like Life, by Lorrie Moore book cover
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Like Life, by Lorrie Moore

Here’s a question, where were you in 1990? If you recall the beginning of the final decade of the last century, and millennium, (yes I know, some people might say that was actually 1991), do you also recall the publication of Like Life (published by Vintage/Penguin Random House, 1990), a collection of eight stories by …

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The Earth Does Not Get Fat, by Julia Prendergast book cover
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The Earth Does Not Get Fat, by Julia Prendergast

From what I can tell, the title of The Earth Does Not Get Fat (published by UWA, April 2018), the debut novel of Melbourne based Australian writer Julia Prendergast, takes its inspiration from an old poem of the same name, composed by the Ngoni people of Malawi, in Southern Africa. The poem suggests the Earth …

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Book marks 23 August 2021
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Bookmarks: Monday 23 August, 2021

Welcome to wherever you are. Let’s accentuate the positive on a Monday morning. It’s another red letter week for book lovers in the form of Children’s Book Week, which runs until Friday. Winners of the books of the year, awards recognising authors, illustrators, and publishers, have also been announced. Currently reading If I Had Your …

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Love in Lockdown, by Chloe James book cover
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Love in Lockdown, by Chloe James

We’ll always have Facetime. So near yet so far. Here are some of the ideas that are apparent on the book cover of Love in Lockdown (published by Avon Books, 2021), the second novel by British author Chloe James, though her first book, The Jane Austen Dating Agency, was published under her actual name, Fiona …

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The Cockroach, by Ian McEwan

Since when might a vacuum cleaner, and a cat, be enough to scare a world leader? British Prime Minister Jim Sams is terrified of both. Honestly, you think he would have bigger fish to fry. Steering his country through the then exit process from the European Union would surely be more frightening than the sight …

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