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Review of ‘The Last Painting of Sara de Vos’ by Dominic Smith

The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith My rating: 5 of 5 stars Best novel I’ve read in a long, long time. Set in three time zones – seventeenth century Holland, 1950s New York, and Sydney in … Continue reading

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Review of “When Breath Becomes Air” by Paul Kalanithi

My rating: 4 of 5 stars A beautifully-written memoir that reminds you that Life works in mysterious ways. As a youngster, Paul Kalanithi wanted to become a writer to come to terms with ‘the life of the mind’. Above all … Continue reading

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Review of ‘Small Great Things’ by Jodi Picoult

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult My rating: 5 of 5 stars A strongly-written novel that tugs at your heart and drills into your gut. The story centres on an African-American nurse who is assigned to a newborn baby and … Continue reading

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Review: ‘The Course of Love’ by Alain de Botton

Honestly, I don’t know how to rate this novel by Alain de Botton because it does not read at all like a novel. While de Botton is undoubtedly a highly competent writer, I kept on thinking of this piece as … Continue reading

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‘Burial Rites’ by Hannah Kent

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent My rating: 5 of 5 stars Artfully written, meticulously researched, a triumph of a debut for a young author. Although ‘Burial Rites’ is not an easy read – there are too many unfamiliar names and … Continue reading

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‘Let the Great World Spin’ by Colum McCann

Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann My rating: 4 of 5 stars As an Australian visiting New York for the first time, I wanted to purchase a book about NYC from the Barnes and Noble bookstore at Union … Continue reading

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‘Mezza Italiana’ by Zoe Boccabella

Mezza Italiana by Zoe Boccabella My rating: 4 of 5 stars Zoe Boccabella has written a delightful account about finding her identity and of coming to terms with heritage, culture, and the burden of family expectations. After experiencing racial prejudice … Continue reading

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