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Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People about Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge, UK, 2017

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People about Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge, UK, 2017

This is a book that should be read by everyone: white, black, yellow. . . and it should be read at least twice. I say this because there is so much in the book, it is impossible to absorb everything with only one reading. Eddo-Lodge manages to alter perspectives a few degrees, so that even …

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The Book of Mirrors E O Chirovici, UK, 2017

The Book of Mirrors E O Chirovici, UK, 2017

A murder mystery with a number of twists, The Book of Mirrors is divided into three separate parts; each part being told in the first person from the perspective of a different person. It is, I feel, this particular stylistic feature that gives the book its strength. The first part is has Richard Flynn at …

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The Husband’s Secret Liane Moriarty Australia, 2013

The Husband’s Secret Liane Moriarty Australia, 2013

Cecilia discovers a letter that her husband had written years previously and which is to be opened only in the event of his death. However, she finds herself forced to open it, even though he is not dead, and as her life swirls completely out of control she probably wishes that she had never found …

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The Weather Makers by Tim Flannery, Australia, 2005

The Weather Makers by Tim Flannery, Australia, 2005

Not necessarily an easy read (the book is packed with information), The Weather Makers is a book that should be read by everyone, irrespective what one thinks about climate change. In his book Tim Flannery systematically sets out all the reasons that have caused us to be where we are just now, and he paints …

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The Shepherd’s Hut by Tim Winton, Australia, 2018

The Shepherd’s Hut by Tim Winton, Australia, 2018

This would have to be one of the best books I read in 2018; the writing is magnificent. Set in Western Australia, the descriptions of the bush are so realistic that you can hear the birds, smell the vegetation and feel the insects. The characterization is beautiful – both main characters in the novel are …

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The 2½ Pillars of Wisdom by Alexander McCall Smith, UK, 2004

The 2½ Pillars of Wisdom by Alexander McCall Smith, UK, 2004

In keeping with all of McCall Smith’s books The 2½ Pillars of Wisdom is a delight to read. It is witty, informative and extremely observant. Divided into three sections, The 2½ Pillars of Wisdom is about three German professors at the university of Regensburg, north of Munich: Professor Dr Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld, Professor Dr Detlev …

Warlight by Michael Ondaatje, UK, 2018

Warlight by Michael Ondaatje, UK, 2018

This is a beautifully written book set in the period directly after the end of the Second World War. It is a time when everyone is thinking of peace, while there are still strands of the war cutting through everything that seems normal. We may think that the war is over, but it follows us …

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A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen, UK, 2012

A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen, UK, 2012

This is a heart-warming, true story about Bob, a ginger cat, and his soul mate, James Bowen. After a difficult growing-up period split between two countries – England and Australia – James returns to England in the hope of getting his life together. This, however, does not happen, and he slides into heroin addiction and …

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