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30 March 2023
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Great new reads to please even the pickiest of bookworms.

One of Those Mothers

Megan Nicol Reed

Allen & Unwin, $37

Bridget, Roz and Lucy have been friends forever. Their lives revolve around their children, their community, each other. With their husbands and kids, they holiday together every year. Every year, until last summer, when everything went so horribly wrong. Best known for her lifestyle columns in Sunday and Canvas magazines, this is Megan Nicol Reed’s first novel, and will resonate with fans of Liane Moriarty (Big Little Lies).

Old Babes in the Wood

Margaret Atwood

Penguin Books, $50

From the bestselling, twice Booker-winning cultural icon comes a captivating collection of 15 stories. Suitably diverse and able to both delight and devastate as only Atwood can, these richly woven stories run the gamut of human experience, from two best friends disagreeing about their shared past and the right way to stop someone from choking to a daughter determining if her mother really is a witch, and features beloved cats, a confused snail, George Orwell, a cabal of elderly female academics and an alien tasked with retelling human fairy tales.

Strange Sally Diamond

Liz Nugent

Penguin Books, $37

Moving back and forth in time, between two perspectives, from Ireland to New Zealand and back again, this novel’s 42-year-old protagonist Sally Diamond is a seriously complex but compelling character. And while there’s no sugar-coating how dark and disturbing this psychological thriller is, there are also, somehow, moments of delight and unputdownable-ness, and we’re pegging it as one of 2023’s must-reads.

Old God's Time

Sebastian Barry

Allen & Unwin, $37

Retired policeman Tom Kettle is enjoying the quiet of his new home, a lean-to annexed to a Victorian castle overlooking the sea. But his peace is interrupted not just by the arrival of former colleagues but by a young mother and her family who move in next door. Twice winner of the Costa Book of the Year award and twice shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, bestselling Irish writer Sebastian Barry returns with this haunting tale of “memory, love, mystery and reckoning”.

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