News & Reviews

The Beauties by Lauren Chater

20 May 2024 News & Reviews
Set in 17th Century UK and The Netherlands, Lauren Chater’s historical fiction novel “The Beauties” follows the lives of three individuals existing in close connection to the Royal Family. Emilia Lennox, a young married
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“Sparks: China’s Underground Historians and Their Battle for the Future” by Ian Johnson

01 May 2024 News & Reviews
Sparks: China’s Underground Historians and Their Battle for the Future by Ian Johnson   So much of what we know about China today comes from people who no longer live there.   “Sparks” is brilliant
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Book of the Month – May

“James” by Percival Everett It has been a long time since a book grabbed me in the opening pages and kept me reading unable to put it down. James is the runaway slave on
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Burn Book: A Tech Love Story by Kara Swisher

29 Apr 2024 News & Reviews
Acerbic. Iconoclastic. Sui generis.  All fit Kara Swisher, who has chronicled the rise of digital, the reading news not on paper but on mobile phones; of Netflix and streaming services disrupting Hollywood. In sketches
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“The Anxious Generation” by Jonathan Haidt

29 Apr 2024 News & Reviews
The Anxious Generation, Jonathan Haidt We overprotect children in the real world and underprotect them online. It’s like sending them to Mars, with no protections. Play-based childhood has been replaced by phone-based childhood. The
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How To Win An Information War: The Propagandist Who Outwitted Hitler, Peter Pomersantsev

24 Apr 2024 News & Reviews
How To Win An Information War: The Propagandist Who Outwitted Hitler, Peter Pomersantsev If you thought disinformation was a phenomenon of social media, you will be transfixed by how Hitler used ‘propaganda’ (‘disinformation, by
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Judgment at Tokyo: World War II on Trial and the Making of Modern Asia by Gary J. Bass

24 Apr 2024 News & Reviews
Judgment at Tokyo: World War II on Trial and the Making of Modern Asia by Gary J. Bass Embrace the heft of this book. It is a rich history of wars and politics in
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“Come and Get It” by Kiley Reid

15 Apr 2024 News & Reviews
Reid follows up on her very successful first novel, Such a Fun Age, with this snappy second novel follows the life of an ambitious university student who navigates with issues of socioeconomic class, power,
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BOOK OF THE MONTH – April 2024

10 Apr 2024 News & Reviews
Caledonian Road by Andrew O’Hagan Caledonian Road is our unputdownable Book of the Month. A cracking read that brims with British high culture and offers poignant commentary on the illusory nature of modern social life.
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“The School Run” by Ali Lowe

27 Mar 2024 News & Reviews
Ali Lowe‘s latest novel The School Run is a suspenseful thriller exploring the connection between a mother and her children. Three neighbours are all desperate to secure their sons a place at a reputable private high
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“Piglet” by Lottie Hazell

27 Mar 2024 News & Reviews
Lottie Hazell‘s debut novel, Piglet, is a gripping story that explores the empty pursuit of happiness. Coined by her parents, Piglet’s rather cruel nickname is from her love of food. We meet Piglet as she is planning to marry
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[SOLD OUT] Julie Janson on her new novel Compassion

  Compassion is an emotional and intense literary exploration of the complex lives of Aboriginal women during the 1800s. Julie will be joined in conversation by Walkley award-winning journalist Paul Daley. We are welcomed with didgeridoo by Billy
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Book of the Month – March 2024

Join us in appreciating The Extinction of Irena Rey, a wildly inventive literary novel by young American writer Jennifer Croft. Eight translators arrive at the exotic home of their beloved author, the renowned Irena Rey.
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“The Revenge Club” by Kathy Lette

01 Mar 2024 News & Reviews
The Revenge Club, Kathy Lette   How does Kathy Lette do it? Starting with Puberty Blues, which she wrote when she was 17 years old, a score of books later, with The
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“The Nature of Honour” by David McBride

The Nature of Honour — Son, Duty-Bound Soldier, Military Lawyer, Truth-Teller, Father. A life in full. The son of the doctor who exposed the birth defects caused by thalidomide, David McBride
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