Books

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Picador; $32.99
By Helen Elliott
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Adam Greenfield’s ‘Radical Technologies’ is an essential guide to the tech revolution
By Scott Ludlam
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Oliver Sacks’ brilliant ideas echo on through ‘The River of Consciousness’
By Kate Cole-Adams
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Jennifer Egan’s dynamic new novel, ‘Manhattan Beach’, will reward all readers
By Kevin Rabalais
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Richard Flanagan explores a different kind of darkness in ‘First Person’
By Geordie Williamson
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Beneath the surface comedy of Samuel Beckett’s ‘Watt’ lies a metaphysical quest to know the unknowable
By JM Coetzee
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JM Coetzee’s ‘Late Essays: 2006–2017’ shows his deep respect and sympathy for fellow writers
By Barry Hill
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Judith Brett’s ‘The Enigmatic Mr Deakin’ is a skilful portrait of Australia’s second prime minister
By Mark McKenna
Arundhati Roy’s ‘The Ministry of Utmost Happiness’ was worth the 20-year wait
By Helen Elliott
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Detained asylum seekers tell their own stories in ‘They Cannot Take the Sky’
By Maria Tumarkin
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Jessa Crispin’s ‘Why I Am Not a Feminist’ demands a dismantling of mainstream feminism … and the system itself
By Stephanie Bishop
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Cat Marnell’s ‘How To Murder Your Life’ is an addiction memoir with a difference
By Jenny Valentish
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James Boyce’s ‘Losing Streak’ investigates how one family came to rule the state’s poker-machine industry
By Amanda Lohrey
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Mark McKenna’s ‘From the Edge’ tells four fascinating stories of Aboriginal and settler interaction through the history of place
By Frank Bongiorno
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Emily Witt’s ‘Future Sex’ and Sheila Rowbotham’s ‘Rebel Crossings’ approach the concept of free love from different perspectives
By Anwen Crawford
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The third volume in ASIO’s official history confirms infiltration by Soviet intelligence
By David McKnight
In Zadie Smith’s new novel ‘Swing Time’, identity is always under construction
By Helen Elliott
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JM Coetzee’s ‘The Schooldays of Jesus’ is defined by its strangeness
By Geordie Williamson

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