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What to Read Now: Vol CXXI

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by Annie Worsley

Annie Worsley gave up academia to take on a croft in the Highlands, and this book is a celebration of the landscape, the life and the history that surrounds her there. Windswept is a stunning work of nature writing, perfect for fans of Robert MacFarlane or John Lewis-Stempel.  
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by Robbie Arnott

Just in paperback, Limberlost is a beautiful coming of age novel, set in 1940s Tasmania. Over a summer, with his brothers fighting abroad in the war, fifteen-year-old Ned will learn what it is to be a man, and what it means to live where he does.  The novel tackles complicated questions of masculinity and colonialism with a light touch.
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The Waste Land: A Biography of a Poem
by Matthew Hollis

The story of how one of the most famous and inscrutable poems in the English language came to be.  Matthew Hollis looks at the lives of the three people who were involved in its creation – Tom Eliot, his wife Vivien and Ezra Pound, its editor.  This is a genuinely fascinating insight into the work.
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by Lizzy Stewart

A brilliant graphic novel, the titular Alison is a young woman who follows her art tutor (and lover) to London, and gradually discovers her own talents. Even if you are not usually a graphic novel reader, this is one you will be glad to have read – as the visuals really add to the story.
And Alison is’s book of the month, so you can have free shipping on any order that includes a copy, just put in code ALISON at checkout.
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Day’s End
by Garry Disher

If you love an Australian crime novel (as we do), then Garry Disher is an author you will want to get to know.  In his latest thriller, Constable Paul “Hirsch” Hirschausen is back on patrol on his sprawling outback beat, finding crimes, both petty and not-so-petty to investigate.
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The Dog Squad: The Newshound
by Clara Vulliamy

Clara Vulliamy’s books are perfect for newly-confident readers aged 7+, and we love this first book in a new series: Eva has found a stray dog, Wafer, and she and her friends from the Newshound are going to try to find its owner.
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