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BooksPlus is the one-stop destination for bibliophiles, a digest of the week’s best interviews about books and writing across RN.

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BooksPlus - 2017-05-14

May 14th, 2017

Abstract art, a socialisation machines and sharing undies in Charlotte Hobson's The Vanishing Futurist and gardens, horses and a lost boy in The Last Garden by Eva Hornung. A little girl is learning to shoot in Hannah Tinti's The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley and a critical study of Helen Garner in A Writing Life: Helen Garner and Her Work by...

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BooksPlus - 2017-05-07

May 7th, 2017

Blood and tragedy and the cycle of violence in Com Toibin's House of Names and the working men and woman of London in the mid 19th Century and now in Michele Roberts' The Walworth Beauty. A lost 13 year old girl meets the Creeper in Mr Romanov's Garden in the Sky, the new YA novel by firefighter Robert Newtown and what makes Joy Rhoades top...

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BooksPlus - 2017-04-30

April 30th, 2017

F.Scott Fitzgerald is known for his glittery tales of excess but he was also a prolific short story writer as Anne Margaret Daniel explains in I'd Die For You: And Other Lost Stories. Then a novel in five parts in Krissy Keen's An Uncertain Grace and the tale of a Chinese Soldier at Gallipoli in Ouyang Yu's Billy Sing.

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BooksPlus - 2017-04-23

April 23rd, 2017

A mysterious thread throughout with Samanta Schweblin and her unsettling book Fever Dream. John Darnielle takes us to the cornfields of Iowa in Universal Harvester and in Claire Fuller's Swimming Lessons we wonder what happened to Iris. We also want to know what is on Kayla Rae Whitaker's top shelf.