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Welcome to the Booktopia Buzz, our dedicated hub for critically acclaimed, prize-winning and staff-reviewed books.

Being able to see review copies of new books before they go on sale is an enormous privilege and we don’t take it lightly here at Booktopia HQ. We’ve pored over the books you’ll be reading in coming weeks, and dear reader you have some very good weeks ahead!

Our Buzz Book of the Month is the miraculous new novel Lanny by Max Porter. Dark, subversive, and strangely beautiful, this weird little creation is my new obsession. April also brings us some strong Australian debuts, including Eight Lives, The Artist’s Portrait, and The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone. My advice: read all three!

You also need to read Ian McEwan’s Machines Like Me. McEwan has to be one of the sharpest and most influential novelists of the past two decades. Fans of Ali Smith won’t need me to remind them to read Spring, the third of her Seasonal Quartet, nor will the adoring readers of Melina Marchetta need me to convince them to go and read The Place on Dalhousie.

Happy Reading,

Ben Hunter
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Book of the Month


by Max Porter

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There is a village outside London, no different from many others. Everyday lives conjure a tapestry of fabulism and domesticity.

This village belongs to the people who live in it and to the people who lived in it hundreds of years ago. It belongs to England's mysterious past and its confounding present.

But it also belongs to Dead Papa Toothwort who has woken from his slumber and is listening, and watching.

He is watching Mad Pete the village artist. He is listening to ancient Peggy gossiping at her gate, to families recently moved here and to families dead for generations.

Dead Papa Toothwort hears them all as he searches, intently, for his favourite. Looking for the boy. Lanny.

"The perfect book for lovers of Lincoln in the Bardo." – Ben Hunter, Booktopian Review

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Machines Like Me

by Ian McEwan

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Britain has lost the Falklands war, Margaret Thatcher battles Tony Benn for power and Alan Turing achieves a breakthrough in artificial intelligence. In a world not quite like this one, two lovers will be tested beyond their understanding.

Machines Like Me occurs in an alternative 1980s London. Charlie, drifting through life and dodging full-time employment, is in love with Miranda, a bright student who lives with a terrible secret. When Charlie comes into money, he buys Adam, one of the first batch of synthetic humans. With Miranda’s assistance, he co-designs Adam’s personality. This near-perfect human is beautiful, strong and clever – a love triangle soon forms. These three beings will confront a profound moral dilemma.

Ian McEwan’s subversive and entertaining new novel poses fundamental questions: what makes us human? Our outward deeds or our inner lives? Could a machine understand the human heart? This provocative and thrilling tale warns of the power to invent things beyond our control.

"Everything McEwan puts his name to is essential reading." – Ben Hunter, Booktopian Review

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The Place on Dalhousie

by Melina Marchetta

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'You look the type to break your father's heart.'
'Yeah, but he broke mine first.'

When Rosie Gennaro first meets Jimmy Hailler, she has walked away from life in Sydney, leaving behind the place on Dalhousie that her father, Seb, painstakingly rebuilt for his family but never saw completed. Two years later, Rosie returns to the house and living there is Martha, whom Seb Gennaro married less than a year after the death of Rosie's mother. Martha is struggling to fulfil Seb's dream, while Rosie is coming to terms with new responsibilities. And so begins a stand-off between two women who refuse to move out of the home they both lay claim to.

"It’s so absolutely flawless you almost want to applaud!" – Sarah McDuling, Booktopian Review

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New From Man Booker-Winner Marlon James

Black Leopard, Red Wolf

by Marlon James

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A spectacular, genre-redefining literary fantasy novel from the Man Booker Prize-winning author of A Brief History of Seven Killings.

Tracker is known far and wide for his skills as a hunter - and he always works alone. But when he is engaged to find a child who disappeared three years ago, he must break his own rules, joining a group of eight very different mercenaries working together to find the boy.

Following the lost boy's scent from one ancient city to another, into dense forests and across deep rivers, Tracker starts to wonder: Who is this boy? Why has he been missing for so long? Why do so many people want to keep Tracker from finding him? And most important of all, who is telling the truth and who is lying?

Drawing from vivid African history and mythology, Marlon James weaves a saga of breathtaking adventure and powerful intrigue - a mesmerising, unique meditation on the nature of truth and power.

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Ben Quilty - Signed Edition

by Ben Quilty

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A celebration of the last two decades of work from Australian artist Ben Quilty, to coincide with a major retrospective of his work. With a Foreword by Richard Flanagan

Ben Quilty has worked across a range of media including drawing, photography, sculpture, installation and film.

His works often respond to social and political events, from the current global refugee crisis to the complex social history of Australia; he is constantly critiquing notions of identity, patriotism and male rites of passage. Quilty is a past winner of the Archibald Prize for portraiture, the National Self-portrait prize, and the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize.

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New in the Growing Up Anthology Series

Growing Up African in Australia

by Maxine Beneba Clarke

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People of African descent have been in Australia for at least 200 years, yet their stories are largely missing from Australian writing.

Australians of the African diaspora have arrived here in many different ways- directly from the continent; via the Caribbean, the Americas and the United Kingdom; making the journey to Australia over one generation, or several.What is it like to grow up African in Australia?

This anthology, compiled by award-winning author Maxine Beneba Clarke with curatorial assistance from writers Ahmed Yussuf and Magan Magan, showcases diverse voices, experiences and stories in order to answer that question. Accounts from well-known authors and high-profile cultural and sporting identities sit alongside newly discovered voices of all ages, with experiences spanning regions, cities and generations. All of the pieces call for understanding, oftentimes challenging stereotypes, always demanding respect.

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Discover Japanese Fiction

The Penguin Book Of Japanese Short Stories

Edited by Jay Rubin

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This fantastically varied and exciting collection celebrates the great Japanese short story, from its modern origins in the nineteenth century to the remarkable works being written today. Short story writers already well-known to English-language readers are all included here - Tanizaki, Akutagawa, Murakami, Mishima, Kawabata - but also many surprising new finds. From Yuko Tsushima's 'Flames' to Yuten Sawanishi's 'Filling Up with Sugar', from Shin'ichi Hoshi's 'Shoulder-Top Secretary' to Banana Yoshimoto's 'Bee Honey', The Penguin Book of Japanese Short Stories is filled with fear, charm, beauty and comedy.

Curated by Jay Rubin, who has himself freshly translated several of the stories, and introduced by Haruki Murakami, this book will be a revelation to its readers.

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