Books

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The protagonists of Sally Rooney’s debut novel privilege irony over emotion
By Helen Elliott
‘A Legacy of Spies’ brings together two of John le Carré’s greatest characters – but why?
By Peter Craven
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Amal Awad’s book presents Arab women in their own words and in their own right
By Aicha Marhfour
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Bloomsbury; $22.49
By Helen Elliott
Hamish Hamilton; $32.99
By Louise Swinn
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Bloomsbury; $24.99
By Stephanie Bishop
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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
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Thirty years on, what should we make of Bruce Chatwin’s song to the songlines?
By Richard Cooke
‘Mischka’s War’ is a historian’s honest attempt at preserving both love and objectivity
By Emily Gallagher
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With ‘Taboo’, Kim Scott sketches out a new way of accepting our histories, and imagining our future.
By Shannon Burns
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Joshua Green chronicles Steve Bannon’s rise to prominence – and offers an insight into what he might be capable of now
By Elle Hardy
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Alzheimer’s drives the narrative of Rachel Khong’s ‘Goodbye, Vitamin’ but it isn’t the novel’s focus
By Jessica Au
Australia’s biggest-selling author is largely unknown to contemporary readers – but that’s about to change
By Simon Caterson
Trans. Penny Hueston; Text Publishing; $24.99
By Helen Elliott
Don Winslow’s latest novel transcends the New York cop story clichés
By Elle Hardy
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Jock Serong’s ‘On the Java Ridge’ shows us a world our politicians would prefer we didn’t see
By Elle Hardy

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