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What are you reading, loving or being challenged by? We review the latest in fiction for dedicated readers and for those who wish they read more.

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    • 4.4, 175 Ratings

What are you reading, loving or being challenged by? We review the latest in fiction for dedicated readers and for those who wish they read more.

    Thrillers, wars and labyrinths spiral through fiction

    Thrillers, wars and labyrinths spiral through fiction

    On Nicholas Shakespeare's The Sandpit, Nguyẽ̂n Phan Qué̂ Mai's The Mountains Sing and Amanda Lohrey's The Labyrinth

    • 53 min
    Family secrets and the approach of General Winter in three new Australian novels

    Family secrets and the approach of General Winter in three new Australian novels

    Imbi Neeme's The Spill, Victoria Hannan's Kokomo and Steven Conte's The Tolstoy Estate with writers Gina Inverarity and Roger Pulvers

    • 54 min
    The Book Club No 4: Tara June Winch's The Yield and Miles Franklin's My Brilliant Career

    The Book Club No 4: Tara June Winch's The Yield and Miles Franklin's My Brilliant Career

    The winner of this year's Miles Franklin's Literary Award, Tara June Winch's The Yield; and the debut novel of the benefactor of the Award, Miles Franklin' 1901 novel My Brilliant Career

    • 54 min
    Creatures, sisters and relationships in fiction

    Creatures, sisters and relationships in fiction

    On Samanta Schweblin's Little Eyes, Daisy Johnson's Sisters and Luke Horton's The Fogging with reviewers Jessie Tu (A Lonely Girl is a Dangerous Thing) and Mark Sutton

    • 54 min
    A note in a forest, a train on fire, a gothic mood

    A note in a forest, a train on fire, a gothic mood

    On Ottessa Moshfegh's Death in Her Hands, Megha Majumdar's A Burning and Catherine Noske on the Australian gothic tradition

    • 54 min
    History, fiction and plastic surgery

    History, fiction and plastic surgery

    On Kate Grenville’s A Room Made of Leaves, David Mitchell’s Utopia Avenue and Frances Cha’s If I Had Your Face

    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
175 Ratings

175 Ratings

rhitc ,

Interesting but predictable slant

Cassie’s left of centre word choices balanced to some degree by straight reporting from Kate.

callmejenny ,

A must for book lovers

I listen most weeks and get great suggestions for new books. Recent recommendation was Greenwood and I loved it.

raelenegovett ,

Adore this show

This is one of my top podcasts, absolutely adore it. I’ve read many fantastic books I would have walked past if not for this show. Thank you 🙏

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