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Dutch House – Ann Patchett

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July 19, 2019

Attached

The Dutch House is a story of siblings, Danny and Maeve Conroy, their obsessive connection with the iconic family house, they lived in as young children, and how their lives unfolded over five decades. The story is narrated by Danny over multiple non-linear time periods. The various time jumps and…


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Historical Fiction Literary Fiction

His Bloody Project – Graeme Macrae Burnet

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July 17, 2019

Circumstance

In September 1869, Roderick (Roddy) Macrae is held for the brutal murders of 3 members of the Mackenzie family – Lachlan Mackenzie, his daughter Flora and his infant son Donnie. The flow of the storyline is original, absorbing and really well crafted considering it’s presented as statements from neighbours,…


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Literary Fiction Short Stories

Five Hundred Poor – Noah Milligan

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July 15, 2019

Profound

Five Hundred Poor is a very clever, fascinating and uniquely constructed book. There are 10 short stories that are unconnected in terms of storyline, but they combine to create a profound theme of loss and despair. We may consider our lives to be poorer when our dreams don’t materialise, when…


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Fantasy Literary Fiction

Catch the Moon, Mary – Wendy Waters

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July 1, 2019

Mellifluous

“The curse of being an artist is never knowing if you’re good enough. It’s torture trying to bridge the gap between imagination and expression.”

Catch the Moon, Mary is one of the most beautiful books I’ve read. It lifts you to another level of wonderment, with mesmerising lyrical prose, infused with…


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Night Boat to Tangier – Kevin Barry

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June 15, 2019

Anguish

Night Boat to Tangier is a powerful and expressive novel with fascinating characters that have corrupted and harmed themselves and those around them. Kevin Barry’s unforgiving poetic style nails the moments that linger in the mind well after the words are gone. 

Maurice Hearne and Charlie Redmond are two ageing, disfigured,…


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The White Tiger – Aravind Adiga

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June 13, 2019

Ambition 

The White Tiger is a contemporary fictional account of ambition and the life options available to a person in the rigid and harsh class-based society of India, which is administered through unbridled corruption.

Aravind Adiga came along with the wave of fantastic Indian authors providing insights into their country and the…


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The Road – Cormac McCarthy

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June 9, 2019

Apocalyptic 

The Road tells the story of a father and son warily travelling across post-apocalyptic America, hoping to reach a place of sanctuary. The atmosphere drapes the reader in a throbbing dread for the character’s lives and the acute fear of a father to keep his son safe. In a very…


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Literary Fiction

Behind Her Back – Jane Lythell

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June 8, 2019

Subterfuge

Liz Lyon, the producer at StoryWorld TV, has returned in Behind Her Back, Jane Lythell’s second novel in the series. A fascinating entertaining drama that simmers with deceit, power struggles and family issues. We have a fascination with the world of TV, films and media – the glamour, glitz…


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The Last Patient – David Johnson

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June 6, 2019

Penitence 

The Last Patient is a forthright combination of human abuse and how a spark of benevolence can light the way to resolution. 

Maggie Stinson has only a few days remaining before she retires from her social-work job when she is asked to attend to one more patient.

“But Maggie … It’s…


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The Last List of Miss Judith Kratt – Andrea Bobotis

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June 2, 2019

Affirmation

To take a journey through a story enraptured by the characters and setting, to enjoy the slowly maturing and revealing threads of secrets, which friends and family have held close, to witness the family dynamics across a spectrum of personalities, and to appreciate the slow transition towards equality between…

Peter Donnelly
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