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Across the Nightingale Floor (Tales of the Otori, #1)
Japanese author and Nobel Laureate Yasunari Kawabata is famous for his ‘palm of the hand’ stories, stories so small and taciturn that they could fit i ...more
Jul 07, 2010
Jul 06, 2010
The Light Between Oceans
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A few years ago, my husband and I visited an antiquated lighthouse at the very edge of
Jun 08, 2012
Jun 10, 2012
Night Road
**spoiler alert** Lexi Baill’s life has been anything but easy. With an absent father and heroin-addict mother, Lexi finds herself shunted from foster ...more
Apr 20, 2011
Apr 26, 2011
Tender Is the Night
Tender is the Night, one of F Scott Fitzgerald’s later works, was begun in 1925, but was not published until some years later. Indeed, the lapse betwe ...more
Nov 21, 2010
Nov 20, 2010
Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend
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In the few months before my little sister started primary school, she had a new best f
Jun 16, 2012
Jun 18, 2012
The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival
The setting of John Vaillant’s remarkable work of narrative non-fiction The Tiger is Primorye, a little known province in Russia’s far east, a cruel a ...more
Sep 24, 2010
Sep 22, 2010
Peaches for Monsieur le Curé (Chocolat, #3)
3.5 stars

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“Someone once told me, that in France alone, a quarter of a million letters a
Sep 03, 2012
Sep 05, 2012
The Last Anniversary
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Having read rather a good deal of chick lit this year, I’ve found that these novels ten
Dec 26, 2010
Dec 29, 2010
The Other Side of You
Caravaggio’s famously evocative painting the Supper at Emmaus depicts a scene from the gospel of St Luke in which a deceptively unprepossessing man wh ...more
Oct 22, 2010
Oct 21, 2010
The Various Flavors of Coffee
In my family the humble stove-top espresso is a powerful signifier, marking both time, such as the beginning of a day or the contemplative lull after ...more
Jan 02, 2011
Jan 05, 2011
Instances of the Number 3
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When Peter Hansome dies in a car accident, a number of carefully concealed–or perhaps s
Apr 02, 2011
Apr 06, 2011
The Sad Truth About Happiness: A Novel
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There are many kinds of bad novels. There are those that are simply bad for me, those
Feb 2013
Feb 04, 2013
Black Mamba Boy
Ten year old Jama, protagonist of Nadifa Mohamed’s Orange Prize short listed Black Mamba Boy, is a boy of multiple stories, multiple lives, and multip ...more
Oct 11, 2010
Oct 12, 2010
Sunset Oasis
The sixth novel by celebrated Egyptian author Bahaa Taher, Sunset Oasis has already garnered accolades far and wide, with the Booker-esque Arabic Fict ...more
Sep 08, 2010
Sep 02, 2010
On A Chinese Screen
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I have a friend who's a former chef. The only thing he loathes more than poor-quality
Mar 13, 2013
Mar 15, 2013
Tales of the City (Tales of the City, #1)
3.5 stars

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Melbourne is a city of serendipity and chance meetings, and I rather suspect
Feb 13, 2013
Feb 18, 2013
The Journal of Dora Damage
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“Finishing is the way [a] book presents itself to the world and gets noticed; the forw
Sep 07, 2012
Sep 11, 2012
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I used to run a blog called Misapostrophication. In large part it was a catalogue of t
Feb 11, 2013
Feb 18, 2013
Lifesaving for Beginners
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My primary school was a tiny place, one so small that it had no play area to speak of.
Feb 16, 2013
Feb 27, 2013
Big Ray
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My father is a small man. He is small in stature. He is small in emotions. And he is a
Mar 2013
Mar 04, 2013
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I've always had qualms about the "if you like X you'll like Y!" comparison trick that
Jan 23, 2013
Jan 30, 2013
Journey from Venice
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Venice is the only place in Italy I’ve been to–unless the countryside scudding along o
Mar 24, 2013
Mar 27, 2013
3.5 stars

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Preincarnate is not so much a novella as it is a whorl of ideas fashioned int
Jan 20, 2013
Jan 23, 2013
A Change For The Better
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I picked up Susan Hill’s A Change for the Better from the shelves of the Little Librar
Apr 2013
Apr 02, 2013
The Outsiders
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“Sixteen years on the streets and you can learn a lot. But all the wrong things, not t
Jan 2013
Jan 09, 2013
Portrait Of An Artist, As An Old Man
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Like many readers probably are, I'm fascinated by recursion: by sentences that can car
Dec 29, 2012
Jan 09, 2013
The Last Whale
Holidaying south of Perth last year, I visited a lighthouse that had once run on whale oil, a clean and bright burning oil that was a popular choice f ...more
Nov 10, 2010
Nov 10, 2010
The Radleys
Over the years, Peter and Helen Radley have invested so heavily in the bank of middle-class conformity that the recent financial crisis ought likely h ...more
Jul 10, 2010
Jul 08, 2010
Fishing for Tigers
3.5 stars

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You can't tell a story forward, not really, says Mischa Reese in Emily Maguir
Dec 17, 2012
Dec 19, 2012
Miss Garnet's Angel
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For someone whose background involves copious amounts of Jungian psychoanalysis, it's n
Dec 06, 2010
Dec 07, 2010
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