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1 March 2024

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Bluey Easter titles take three spots in top 10 x

Top 10 bestsellers Bluey: Happy Easter (Puffin) Bluey: Horray, It’s Easter! (Puffin) Fourth Wing (Rebecca Yarros, Piatkus) If Only I Had Told Her (Laura Nowlin, Sourcebooks Fire) House of Flame and Shadow (Sarah J... Read more
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Books in the media this weekend, 2–3 March x

A round-up of the books being reviewed and mentioned in key media this coming weekend.  National The Saturday Paper  The Bullet Swallower (Elizabeth Gonzalez James, Hodder & Stoughton) Pitfall: The race... Read more
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Cool Water
Myfanwy Jones, Hachette, March 2024, reviewed by Abe Theobald

Myfanwy Jones’s Cool Water is a cross-generational novel about the inheritance of toxic masculinity. When Frank Herbert returns to Tinaroo for his daughter’s wedding, he can’t stop thinking about his... Read more

The Girl from Moscow
Julia Levitina, Pantera, March 2024, reviewed by Katy Briggs

In Julia Levitina’s debut novel, The Girl from Moscow, Ella Ashkenazi, an aspiring actor on the verge of a breakthrough role, discovers she is pregnant. It’s a low-key beginning to... Read more

Joy Moody Is Out of Time
Kerryn Mayne, Bantam, March 2024, reviewed by Fiona Hardy

For two decades, Cassiopeia (Cassie) and Andromeda (Andie) Moody have understood their destiny. They are special, chosen and kept safe, spending most of their lives within the confines of their Melbourne home,... Read more

Like Fire-Hearted Suns
Melanie Joosten, Ultimo, March 2024, reviewed by Katie Haydon

‘Deeds not words’ was the valiant cry of the suffragettes, but does the average reader know what those deeds entailed? This average reader did not. While a work of fiction,... Read more

One Another
Gail Jones, Text, March 2024, reviewed by Joanne Shiells

Expect no less from Gail Jones’s tenth novel, One Another, than carefully crafted prose that will delight and assure you of an expert at work. With a languid sense of... Read more

The Rewilding
Donna M Cameron, Transit Lounge, March 2024, reviewed by Sonia Nair

Jagger Eckerman, the scion of a corrupt construction mogul and protagonist of Donna M Cameron’s second novel, blows his life up one morning by sending a fateful email whistleblowing the... Read more
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Shining Like the Sun
Stephen Orr, Wakefield, March 2024, reviewed by Michelle Atkins

Stephen Orr’s Shining Like the Sun is like an Australian version of A Man Called Ove, with the same qualities of grit and humanity that made the Swedish novel so... Read more

Thanks for Having Me
Emma Darragh, JOAN, March 2024, reviewed by Danielle Bagnato

Emma Darragh’s debut novel, Thanks for Having Me, is an intergenerational familial story that offers a glimpse into the lives of three women: Mary Anne, Vivian and Evie. It’s a non-sequential... Read more

To The River
Vikki Wakefield, Text, March 2024, reviewed by Brenton Cullen

The Kelly family was always skirting trouble. When 17-year-old Sabine Kelly’s mum and sister die with seven other people in a mysterious caravan park fire, Sabine confesses to the crime... Read more
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What Happened to Nina?
Dervla McTiernan, HarperCollins, March 2024, reviewed by Jemma Morrison

Nina and Simon are teenage sweethearts, but cracks are starting to show in their relationship. After a stint of long distance, they decide to get away to Simon’s parents’ new... Read more



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