Book Review: Floating Upstream

Floating Upstream is a coming-of-age novel by Australian author, Jo Vraca.

Title: Floating Upstream Author: Jo Vraca Genre: Coming-of-Age Publisher: Intangible Publishing Release Date: June 3, 2015 Format: Digital & Paperback Pages: 268 Julia Marconi has a simple dream–to get out of Goldburne, the stinking hot town in rural Australia, where she’s followed the rules her whole life. She dreams of adventures far away from her

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Book Review: The Dead House

The Dead House is a début novel from Irish award winning author, Billy O'Callaghan.

Title: The Dead House Author: Billy O'Callaghan Publisher: Brandon Release Date: May 1, 2017 Format: Digital & Hardback Pages: 208 Attempting to rebuild her life after a violent relationship, Maggie Turner, a successful young artist, moves from London to Allihies and buys an ancient abandoned cottage. Keen to concentrate on her art, she is captivated

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The Underground Railroad: A Novel

The Underground Railroad is a novel by American author, Colson Whitehead.

Title: The Underground Railroad Author: Colson Whitehead Publisher: Random House Release Date: August 2, 2016 Pages: 432 The National Book Award Winner, #1 New York Times bestseller and Pulitzer Prize winner from Colson Whitehead, a magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave’s adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum

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Stay With Me by Adebayo Ayobami

Stay With Me is a novel by Nigerian author, Ayobami Adebayo.

Title: Stay With Me Author: Adebayo Ayobami Publisher: Canongate Trade Release Date: March 2, 2017 Pages: 288 This Nigerian debut is the heart-breaking tale of what wanting a child can do to a person, a marriage and a family; a powerful and vivid story of what it means to love not wisely but too well.

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Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien

Do Not Say We Have Nothing is a novel by Canadian author, Madeline Thien.

Title: Do Not Say We Have Nothing Author: Madeleine Thien Genre: Fiction Publisher: Portobello Books Limited Release Date: 2016-07 Pages: 480 In a single year, my father left us twice. The first time, to end his marriage, and the second, when he took his own life. I was ten years old. Master storyteller Madeleine Thien

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First Love by Gwendoline Riley

First Love is a novel by British author, Gwendoline Riley.

Title: First Love Author: Gwendoline Riley Publisher: Granta Books Release Date: February 2, 2017 Pages: 176 Neve is a writer in her mid-30s married to an older man, Edwyn. For now they are in a place of relative peace, but their past battles have left scars. As Neve recalls the decisions that led her to

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The Dark Circle by Linda Grant

The Dark Circle is a novel by British author, Linda Grant.

Title: The Dark Circle Author: Linda Grant Publisher: Virago Press Release Date: November 24, 2015 Pages: 320 The Second World War is over, a new decade is beginning but for an East End teenage brother and sister living on the edge of the law, life has been suspended. Sent away to a tuberculosis sanatorium in

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The Power by Naomi Alderman

The Power is a novel by British author, Naomi Alderman.

Title: The Power Author: Naomi Alderman Publisher: Viking Release Date: October 27, 2016 Pages: 288 The Power is set in a world in which women gain the power to electrocute at will, and questions whether women would abuse power any differently to men, given the chance. The novel follows four main characters: Roxy, the daughter

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The Sport of Kings: A Novel

The Sport of Kings: A Novel is by American author, CE Morgan.

Title: The Sport of Kings Author: C. E. Morgan Genre: Fiction Publisher: Picador Release Date: May 2, 2017 Pages: 560 Hailed by The New Yorker for its “remarkable achievements,” The Sport of Kings is an American tale centered on a horse and two families: one white, a Southern dynasty whose forefathers were among the founders

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Book Review: A Line Made by Walking

A Line Made by Walking is a novel by Anglo-Irish author Sara Baume.

Title: A Line Made by Walking Author: Sara Baume Publisher: Random House Release Date: February 16, 2017 Pages: 320 Struggling to cope with urban life-and life in general-Frankie, a twenty-something artist, retreats to her family’s rural house on “turbine hill,” vacant since her grandmother’s death three years earlier. It is in this space, surrounded by

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Book Review: The Blackbird Singularity

The Blackbird Singularity is a debut novel by Matt Wilven.

Title: The Blackbird Singularity Author: Matt Wilven Genre: Literary fiction Publisher: Legend Press Release Date: August 1, 2016 Format: Digital & Paperback Pages: 272 Vince stops taking his lithium when he finds out about his partner’s pregnancy. As withdrawal kicks in, he can barely hold his life together. Somewhere between making friends with a blackbird

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Book Review: Red Dirt

Red Dirt is a debut novel by Irish author Elizabeth Reapy.

Title: Red Dirt Author: E.M. Reapy Publisher: Head of Zeus Release Date: June 2, 2016 Format: Digital & Paperback Pages: 255 Three young Irish people have come to Australia, running from the economic ruins of their home country and their own unhappy lives. In this promised land, stunned by the heat and the vast arid

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Book Review: The Bones of It

The Bones of It is a debut novel by author Kelly Creighton from Northern Ireland.

Title: The Bones of It Author: Kelly Creighton Genre: Fiction Publisher: Liberties Press Release Date: May 2015 Format: Digital & Paperback Pages: 240 The Bones of It is a psychological crime thriller set in present day County Down, Northern Ireland. Sixteen years after the Good Friday Agreement, twenty-two-year-old Scott McAuley, son of ex-paramilitary Duke McAuley,

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Book Review: The Things We Lose, The Things We Leave Behind

The Things We Lose, The Things We Leave Behind is a collection of short stories by Irish author, Billy O'Callaghan.

Title: The Things We Lose, The Things We Leave Behind Author: Billy O'Callaghan Genre: Fiction, Short Stories Publisher: New Island Press Release Date: February 18, 2014 Format: Digitial & Paperback Pages: 228 The Things We Lose, the Things We Leave Behind is a new collection by Billy O’Callaghan that explores everyday existence in the aftermath

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Book Review: Wild Chicory

Wild Chicory is an Irish-Australian novella written by Australian author, Kim Kelly.

Title: Wild Chicory Author: Kim Kelly Genre: Historical Fiction Publisher: The Author People Release Date: December 17, 2015 Format: Digital & Paperback Pages: 120 Wild Chicory is the story of a journey from Ireland to Australia in the early 1900s, along threads of love, family, war and peace. It’s a slice of ordinary life rich

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Book Review: The Disobedient Wife

The Disobedient Wife is a debut novel by Annika Milisic-Stanley.

Title: The Disobedient Wife Author: Annika Milisic-Stanley Genre: Literary Fiction Publisher: Cinnamon Press Release Date: November 9, 2015 Format: Digital & Paperback Pages: 271 The Disobedient Wife intertwines the narratives of a naïve, British expatriate, Harriet, and that of her maid Nargis, who possesses an inner strength that Harriet comes to admire as their lives

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Book Review: The Neighbour

The Neighbour is an Australian fiction book by Australian author, Julie Proudfoot.

Title: The Neighbour Author: Julie Proudfoot Genre: Fiction Publisher: Seizure / Xoum Release Date: June 3, 2014 Format: Digital & Paperback Pages: 216 When Luke is implicated in the tragic death of a child, he struggles to assert his innocence to those around him. While the accident invokes haunting memories of Luke’s late brother, who

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Book Review: The Strays

The Strays is a debut novel by Australian author, Emily Bitto.

Title: The Strays Author: Emily Bitto Genre: Coming-of-Age, Fiction, Literary Publisher: Affirm Press Release Date: April 30, 2014 Format: Digital & Paperback Pages: 244 On her first day at a new school, Lily meets Eva, one of the daughters of the infamous avant-garde painter Evan Trentham. He and his wife are attempting to escape the

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This House of Grief

This House of Grief by Australian author, Helen Garner is a crime / non-fiction book.

Title: This House of Grief Author: Helen Garner Genre: Biography, Crime, Non-Fiction Publisher: Text Publishing Release Date: August 20, 2014 Format: Digital & Paperback Pages: 288 On the evening of 4 September 2005, Father’s Day, Robert Farquharson, a separated husband, was driving his three sons home to their mother, Cindy, when his car left the

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To Name Those Lost

To Name Those Lost in an Australian novel by Australian author, Rohan Wilson.

Title: To Name Those Lost Author: Rohan Wilson Genre: Fiction Publisher: Allen & Unwin Release Date: September 24, 2014 Format: Digital & Paperback Pages: 242 To Name Those Lost is the story of a father’s journey. Wilson has an eye for the dirt, the hardness, the sheer dog-eat-doggedness of the lives of the poor. Human

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