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Books+Publishing’s latest Reviews newsletter contains nine reviews of books publishing in April.

Holly Ringland’s debut novel The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart (Fourth Estate) has already sold in 18 foreign territories and scored a five-star review from book buyer Claire West, who describes the book as ‘lush’ and ‘powerful’. ‘This is an engrossing novel imbued with passion and reverence for the Australian natural world, with a cast of characters that inspire affection in the reader even as they make mistakes,’ writes West, who also interviewed the author here.

Robert Hillman’s The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted (Text) was close behind with 4.5 stars. Reviewer Joanne Shiells describes it as a ‘tender, emotive novel’ about a sheep farmer and a Hungarian Holocaust survivor who meet and fall in love in a 1960s Victorian town. ‘[It] should appeal to a wide spectrum of readers and is destined to become a favourite,’ says Shiells.

Also reviewed are:

Fiction:

The Death of Noah Glass (Gail Jones, Text); The Fortress (S A Jones, Echo); The Lace Weaver (Lauren Chater, S&S); Pink Mountain on Locust Island (Jamie Marina Lau, Brow Books); and The Unexpected Education of Emily Dean (Mira Robertson, Black Inc.).

Nonfiction:

Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia (ed by Anita Heiss, Black Inc.) and Out There: A Survival Guide for Dating in Midlife (Kerri Sackville, Echo).

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