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Books+Publishing’s latest Reviews newsletter contains 19 reviews of books publishing in July to September 2016.
Two books scored the maximum five stars from reviewers: Melina Marchetta’s first novel for adults Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil (Viking, September) is described by reviewer Fiona Hardy as an ‘electrifying contemporary detective thriller’. ‘This is a clear-sighted adult-fiction debut for fans of Robert Galbraith and Marchetta herself, and is likely to be devoured by older YA readers as well,’ writes Hardy.
Reviewer Amy Vuleta also gave Maxine Beneba Clarke’s memoir The Hate Race (Hachette, August) five stars. Clarke’s storytelling ‘has a heft to it that is at once steeped in history, and also exquisitely and playfully modern’, writes Vuleta, who also adds that ‘above all, it is fierce’.
Also reviewed are:
Fiction: 5 Ways to be Famous Now (Maurilia Meehan, Transit Lounge, September), Le Chateau (Sarah Ridout, Echo Publishing, September), A Chinese Affair (Isabelle Li, Margaret River Press, July), The Easy Way Out (Steven Amsterdam, Hachette, September), The Historian’s Daughter (Rashida Murphy, UWA Publishing, September), The Love of a Bad Man (Laura Elizabeth Woollett, Scribe, September), The Near and the Far (ed by David Carlin & Francesca Rendle-Short, Scribe, September), Only Daughter (Anna Snoekstra, Harlequin, September), The Rules of Backyard Cricket (Jock Serong, Text, September), We. Are. Family. (Paul Mitchell, MidnightSun, September) and Wild Island (Jennifer Livett, A&U, September).
Nonfiction: Celeste (Roland Perry, ABC Books, September), Doing It: Women the Truth about Great Sex (ed by Karen Pickering, UQP, September), The Great Multinational Tax Rort (Martin Feil, Scribe, September), Play On! The Hidden History of Women’s Australian Rules Football (Brunette Lenkic & Rob Hess, Echo Publishing, September), Why the Future is Workless (Tim Dunlop, NewSouth, September) and Wool Away, Boy! A Ripping Memoir of Life in the Shearing Sheds (Alan Blunt, William Heinemann, September).
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