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31 October 2022
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A place to discover what deserves a spot in your TBR pile.

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What Just Happened?!

Marina Hyde
Allen & Unwin, $33

Get set to scream-laugh while dipping into hilariously funny Guardian columnist Marina Hyde’s wild and witty observations of the current state of play in a world that’s become stranger than fiction, from politics to pop culture and everything in between.

Demon Copperhead

Barbara Kingsolver
Allen & Unwin, $37

Inspired by Charles Dickens’ epic classic David Copperfield, multi-million-copy bestselling author of Flight Behaviour and The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver, returns with a heart-rending tome tracking the troubled life of Demon Copperhead, a boy born to a teenage single mother living in a trailer home in the mountains of Southern Appalachia.

Lucy By The Sea

Elizabeth Strout
Penguin, $37

Picking up on another chapter in the life of Lucy, heroine of previous celebrated novel My Name is Lucy Barton, this powerful, poignant tale from the Pulitzer prize-winning author (Olive Kitteridge) zooms in on the days spent by Lucy and ex-husband William, who inadvertently find themselves stuck in lockdown together in a small town in Maine.

Best of Friends

Kamila Shamsie
Bloomsbury, $33

Described by fellow author Ali Smith as “a shining tour de force about a long friendship’s respects, disrespects, loyalties and moralities”. From the acclaimed author of Home Fire, this deeply moving, surprising story of a lifelong friendship, which begins in Karachi in 1988 before travelling to London, is hard to put down.

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