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Books+Publishing’s latest Reviews newsletter contains 12 reviews of books publishing in February and March 2017.

Two books scored 4.5 stars—Jane Rawson’s From the Wreck (Transit Lounge, March) and Michael Sala’s The Restorer (Text, March)—while several more scored 4 stars.

Reviewer Alan Vaarwerk describes Rawson’s novel as ‘a masterpiece’. ‘From The Wreck borrows from science-fiction, history and magical realism, forming a whole that is utterly unique and distinctly Australian,’ he writes.

Brad Jefferies also recommends Sala’s The Restorer, about a young family who arrive in Newcastle ‘under strained circumstances’. ‘Every relationship between the family members is frayed, and the tension is drawn out in small conflicts over the course of the year, with characters unable to forgive past actions that others want forgotten.’

Also reviewed are:


Bloodlines (Nicole Sinclair, Margaret River Press, March), The Circle and the Equator (Kyra Giorgi, UWA Publishing, February), Down the Hume (Peter Polites, Hachette, March), Do You Love Me or What? (Sue Woolfe, S&S, March), The Hope Fault (Tracey Farr, Fremantle Press, March), To Know My Crime (Fiona Capp, Fourth Estate, March) and An Uncertain Grace (Krissy Kneen, Text, March)


First, We Make the Beast Beautiful (Sarah Wilson, Macmillan, March), No Way But This: In Search of Paul Robeson (Jeff Sparrow, Scribe, March) and Peak: Reinventing Middle Age (Patricia & Don Edgar, Text, March).

This month also features an interview with Jeff Sparrow and touring authors Ken Liu, Madeleine Thien and Sebastian Barry.

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