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May 2017

Michelle Cahill
Cigarette smuggling with a book
The Secret River by Kate Grenville book cover crop

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April 2017

Alfred and Emily by Doris Lessing book cover

Two Lives

'If, for much of our lives, we regard our parents as indispensable to ourselves, defined and understood by their relationship to us – whether loving or fractious, distant or close – then this last work is Lessing’s gift to hers: a belated acknowledgement of Alfred and Emily as individuals, separate from her and from one another. She offers them a world without the war; without each other; perhaps most intriguingly, without their daughter – and by extension, without their author.'