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Happy’s Best New Books (7th March – 13th March)

Updated weekly by the fine folk at Happy Mag, these are the best new books that this week has to offer from Australia and around the world!

Elena Ferrante – In the Margins

It’s always fascinating when authors reflect on their practice. And in this new collection from Elena Ferrante, she discusses the influences that made her the writer she is today, makes observations on the importance of reading, and presents a discussion on prominent women in literature, among other topics. A dazzling and inspired collection from one of modern literature’s leading lights.

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In the Margins
ELENA FERRANTE
IN THE MARGINS

Fernanda Melchor – Paradais

Paradais marks the return of the award-winning Mexican author, Fernanda Melchor. This unsparing examination of class and violence in Mexico is illuminated by the story of two teenagers — Franco and Polo — who lurk on the fringes of their communities and come from opposite ends of the socio-economic spectrum. Together, they embark on a course of action to fulfil their horrific desires. A brutal, feverish novel, it’s far from a comfortable read, yet one that will live long in your imagination.

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Paradais
FERNANDA MELCHOR
PARADAIS

Duane Hamacher, with Elders and Knowledge Holders – The First Astronomers

In The First Astronomers, Duane Hamacher — under the guidance of six First Nations Elders — sheds light on the ancient and continuous knowledge that Indigenous peoples from around the world possess about the stars. The book represents a paradigmatic shift in our understanding of First Nations science and shows that there’s much that can be understood about our climate change-affected world through the observance of these traditions.

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The First Astronomers
DUANE HAMACHER, WITH ELDERS AND KNOWLEDGE HOLDERS
THE FIRST ASTRONOMERS

Björn Natthiko Lindeblad – I May be Wrong

With praise from His Holiness The Dalai Lama, I May Be Wrong from former forest monk Björn Natthiko Lindeblad contains deep and practical examples of wisdom. His method, however, is not didactic. Instead, it offers advice on how to approach challenging realities of modern existence, with a focus on the acceptance of spontaneous thoughts, whether they be negative or positive.

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I May Be Wrong
BJÖRN NATTHIKO LINDEBLAD
I MAY BE WRONG

Graeme Simsion – The Novel Project

Writing a book is the dream of many, but the simple and unavoidable question lingers: where on earth do you start? Well, a good way to kick off your journey is by asking Graeme Simsion — a prolific best-selling author who’s been plying his trade for decades. In The Novel Project, he breaks down what might look like an Everest-sized mission into small, logical — and most importantly — “completeable” steps. A great guide for anyone looking to understand how to take a book-writing project from A to Z.

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The Novel Project
GRAEME SIMSION
THE NOVEL PROJECT

Isaac Stone Fish – America Second

With a playful twist on an immortal Trumpism, Isaac Stone Fish lifts the lid on the Chinese Communist Party’s far-reaching influence in the American political system. A tale of corruption, cultural misunderstanding, and ultimately, a warning unfolds in this comprehensive exposé. And though the focus is on the relationship between China and the U.S., the implications stretch far beyond the borders of these two superpowers.

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America Second
ISAAC STONE FISH
AMERICA SECOND