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One Morning Like a Bird by Andrew Miller

The writers' reflections on Japanese identity are never undertaken in isolation from the world -- they are informed by a strong awareness of the world beyond their islands.

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Down to the Crossroads by Guy Rundle

Rundle didn’t know for certain that Obama was going to win. Admit it, neither did you.

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The Best Australian Stories 2008, ed. Delia Falconer

This is less a Nick Hornby mixtape, with each selection ordered just so, and more akin to an mp3 playlist, inviting the reader to dip in and out at leisure.

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Elephantina by Andrew Drummond

It may be an occupational hazard of the mimic: becoming so focused on the minutiae of tics and idiosyncrasies that the big picture is missing.

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Atmospheric Disturbances by Rivka Galchen

The power of this book is not in its depiction of psychosis -- it’s in how effectively it symbolises this kind of romantic confusion.

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The Spare Room by Helen Garner

The old cliché that “you’ve got to laugh” in the face of tragedy is given new meaning by Garner.

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The Unlikely Voyage of Jack de Crow by A. J. MacKinnon

Mackinnon’s eccentric, pith-helmeted adventure is a holdover from the days when books for children weren’t simplistic; when adult writers talked to their young readers as equals while still making sure there were plenty of thrills and spills.

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