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Staff Pick - Kat recommends Latitudes of Longing by Shubhangi Swarup ⁣ ⁣ ‘One of the best reads of 2020 for me. A sweeping, beautifully written novel in four parts. These loosely connected characters are pulled together through their relationship with the land — from a botanist in the Andaman Islands of newly independent 1950s India where colonial ghosts spill out of the land, to the no-mans-land of shifting Himalayan glaciers and likewise changing territories that disrupt the home of the Yeti. ⁣ ⁣ Swarup has written a luscious, meditative book on and along the fault lines of the Himalayas. The earth, and its moving plates, are as much a character as any other, and they are all characters you’ll be sorry to leave. On finishing the last page, i wanted to flip immediately to the first and start again.'

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An isolation staff pic - Kat recommends The Inland Sea by Madeleine Watts Hot, moist, cerebral. Our unnamed narrator is post-arts-degree and aimless. She takes up a job redirecting 000 calls from around the country, where she is exposed to transient moments of extreme human violence and environmental catastrophe. But her awareness of the potential for emergency makes her increasingly more reckless in her own life, drinking too much, having an affair with an ex, and sleeping with the wrong types of men. Meanwhile, the climate is becoming increasingly erratic, and our protagonist attempts to reconcile the colonial legacy of being the great great (and etc) granddaughter of John Oxley, the man who believed in the inland sea. Slowly, the way colonists insisted on mapping and “taming” the country comes to reflect the way men map her own body. This book gave me everything I’ve been looking for in Australia fiction, plus much more. Rarely do settler Australian novels engage with the landscape in a way the is so climate focused while self-consciously not romanticising a colonial view of the land. I love the voice and the quietness of its intelligence. Watts writing is astounding, and i look forward to her work in the future. - Kat, bookseller. #bookstagram #bookrecommendations #bookreview #theinlandsea @pushkin_press

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Staff pic - Fantine recommends The Spill by Imbi Neeme⁣ ⁣ 'A stunning debut centred on sisters Nicole and Samantha's chaotic relationship with their alcoholic mother, and the car accident 40 years ago that shaped their lives. As adults their grief for their mother brings old memories to the surface and the sisters begin to understand the ripple effect of certain events and see their mother in a new light.⁣ ⁣ Effortlessly jumping back and forth through childhood, adolescence and adulthood, Neeme does a beautiful job understanding and exploring the unreliability of memory and the depth and complexity of mother-daughter relationships.⁣ ⁣ A must read of 2020.'⁣ ⁣ - Fantine, Bookseller #bookstagram #bookrecomendation #bookreview

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Staff pic - Kate reccomends The Unadoptables by Hanna Tooke and illustrated by Ayesha L. Rubio.⁣ ⁣ 'One of my favourite junior fiction books of the year. Set in Amsterdam in 1880, you met five unforgettable characters, Milou, Sem, Fenna, Egg and Lotta as they escape from the horrid Little Tulip orphanage. Packed to the brim with adventure, mystery, pirate ships, puppets and heart.⁣ ⁣ I had the pleasure of reading this book at the same time as my ten-year-old nephew Aidan. When I asked him what his favourite part of the book was he answered "Hard to say, I like everything about this book."⁣ ⁣ The gothic illustrations by Ayesha L. Rubio are a wonderful addition to this charming story. Perfect for anyone who likes Neil Gaiman or Lemony Snicket.'⁣ ⁣ Kate - Store Manager and Aidan - Book enthusiast.⁣ ⁣ #bookstagram #bookrecomendation #bookreview⁣

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