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5-star May: Top books from GR Reviewers

5-star May: Top books from GR Reviewers

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


For Lovers of Fiction

The Serpent's Skin - Erina Reddan (Pantera Press)

'Reddan celebrates the joys of family life, as well as the sisterhood of neighbours, while having a clear-eyed view of the unquestioned power of men and the church in the 1960s. [...] It's powerful stuff.' - Jennifer Somerville

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Klara and the Sun - Kazuo Ishiguro (Faber)

'This novel is timely and profound and is delivered with the grace and poise of a master. Unarguably brilliant.' - Bob Moore

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A Room Called Earth - Madeleine Ryan (Scribe)

'The way the narrator sees the world and herself is dizzying and magical and, as an autistic woman myself, it was great to read the thoughts of someone who thinks and interacts with the world a bit like me. If you’re after a read to broaden your horizons, this is a great book.' - Heather Lewis

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Slough House - Mick Herron (John Murray)

Herron’s masterful blending of tight plots and strong character development brings the modern espionage world to life. It’s cynical, satirical, witty with moments of tenderness.' - Melinda Woledge

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 For Lovers of Non-Fiction

Night Train to Varanasi: India with my daughter - Sean Doyle (Bad Apple Press)

'Readers will be grateful that he has shared his deep knowledge and love of that country, not only with his daughter, but also with them.' - Jennifer Somerville

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The Code Breaker - Walter Isaacson (Simon & Schuster)

Part science, part detective story, this is an exceptional biography of both Jennifer Doudna and RNA. - Bob Moore

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For Kids Young & Old

Kid Reporter: The secret to breaking news - Saffron Howden & Dhana Quinn (Macmillan)

'Any young person who has an inkling they would like to give reporting a go, or even if you are looking for help for tips to improve writing skills, this is a perfect start-up guide to put in their hands. It should be in every library and school.' - Jane Stephens

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Can You Whistle, Johanna? - Ulf Stark | Illustrated by Abba Hoglund (Gecko Press)

'So cleverly written and the most poignant book I have read for a long time. But so true to life.' - Merle Morcom

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