The Promise

The Promise

One reading of this Booker Prize winning novel by Damon Galgut (Chatto & Windus, $32.99) is that it’s an absorbing saga about loss that upends a dysfunctional Afrikaner family. When Rachel Swart dies of cancer, her husband, Marnie, and three children are afflicted...
Beautiful World, Where Are You

Beautiful World, Where Are You

Love. Sex. Friendship. What is life without the chaos that these ingredients create? That’s the question Sally Rooney poses to us in her new novel, Beautiful World, Where Are You (Allen & Unwin, $29.99). And in her own distinct style, Rooney leaves it to us to...
Talking to My Daughter About the Economy

Talking to My Daughter About the Economy

Writing from the office of the Greek Ministry of Finance in 2013, economist Yanis Varoufakis turned his knowledge and expertise towards a challenging new audience: his teenage daughter. Varoufakis’s Talking to My Daughter About the Economy (The Bodley Head, $22.99)...
The Dictionary of Lost Words

The Dictionary of Lost Words

Crouched beneath a table in a garden shed in Oxford, five-year-old Esme watches a word flutter to the ground, overlooked by the men working above her. It is 1887 and Esme’s father is one of a team of lexicographers gathering words for the first Oxford English...
The Code Breaker

The Code Breaker

What revolution promises to be bigger – and potentially more important to us and the lives of future generations – than computers or the discovery of the atom? This great book argues that it will be gene editing – the ability to change our DNA in targeted ways using...
All Our Shimmering Skies

All Our Shimmering Skies

“Promise me you’ll make your life graceful, Molly. Promise me you’ll make your life grand and beautiful and poetic.” These are the words Molly Hook is left with before her mother disappears into the daytime sky. Words that guide Molly through bush and swamp and...

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