5 new books loved by our fiction expert!

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If you’re not already excited about the new books coming in 2020, you should be. Today I’m going to tell you why. Below, you’ll find my thoughts on five books that will be hitting shelves between now and March that I thought were just spectacular, from the debut of a vital new Australian talent to a novel with the glowing recommendation of Ann Patchett herself.

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Review: Below Deck by Sophie Hardcastle

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Sophie Hardcastle’s Below Deck is the kind of book that cracks open your heart, then knits it back together,  leaving you scarred. It sears a place in your memory, not only because of its characters and the legacy of trauma experienced by its protagonist, but because of Hardcastle’s luminous prose and quite brilliant implementation of colour.

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Praise be: Guy Pearce and Jacqueline McKenzie to star in comedy series

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Guy Pearce and Jacqueline McKenzie are set to co-star in a new comedy series, Alantown, about a man who believes he is the reincarnation of Jesus and who then sets out to recruit followers. Pearce will play Alan Pepper; McKenzie will play Colleen, his partner, who believes she is the reincarnation of Mary Magdalene. The series, created by Marie Patane, is produced by Planet Mars Productions, Blackfisch, 412 Entertainment and Escapade Media; talks are under way with broadcasters in Australia with a view to locking down a deal. Six half-hour episodes are being developed. Production is expected to begin next year in Adelaide.

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