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5-Star April: Top books from GR Reviewers

5-Star April: Top books from GR Reviewers

Craving a cracking read? These April books come highly recommended from our trusty team of independant reviewers! You can write your own reviews of books you've read and send them to us at - we might publish a selection in the magazine, or post your review on our website!

For Lovers of Fiction

Smokehouse - Melissa Manning (UQP)

'Manning has either lived with, cared for, or loved someone with dementia or, she is an acute observer and listener. Anyone who has been in one of those three categories will read with painful recognition her account of a dementia patient's symptoms and the carer's exhaustion and emotions. This is powerful writing.' - Jennifer Somerville

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Elizabeth & Elizabeth - Sue Williams (Allen & Unwin)

'This book will stay with me forever. I feel as if I have lived through those times with these two incredibly corageous women.' - Emily Darling

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Collected Stories of Shirley Hazzard - Shirley Hazzard (Virago)

'Hazzard’s writing is remarkably perceptive, witty and elegant. Her ability to invoke relatable feelings and clarity is a testament to her skill as a writer.' - Akina Hansen

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Open Water - Caleb Azumah Nelson (Viking)

'The trust voluntarily given to the reader is astonishing. It's not just being in the narrator's skin; the narrator is opening his chest with both hands and asking the reader to cradle his heart. This is a writer of immense talent. Amazingly outstanding.' - Bob Moore

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 For Lovers of Non-Fiction

God, The Devil and Me - Alf Taylor (Magabala Books)

'Taylor, a Nyoongar elder in Western Australia renowned as a poet and storyteller, recalls his childhood at the New Norcia Mission, north of Perth, in the 1950–60 period. This autobiography ranges from angry and accusatory to thoughtful and sardonic.' - Jennifer Somerville

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For Kids Young & Old

Wonderscape - Jennifer Bell (Walker)

'I highly recommend Wonderscape. Once I picked the book up, I could not put it down. And it’s a great read for anyone in love with history.' - Siena Mia

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Marie Curie and Her Daughters - Imogen Greenberg | Illustrated by Isabel Greenberg (Bloomsbury)

'Don’t miss this book. It is picture-book size with over 60 pages of an incredibly fascinating story told in detail with brightly coloured comic strips helping to tell this amazing story.' - Merle Morcom

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