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Benny and Shrimp by Katarina Mazetti

Treat yourself to this quirky romantic comedy, guaranteed to lift your spirits with its feel-good factor. It's the familiar women from Venus, men from Mars plot, but told from both points of view, with a down to earth honesty and a refreshing absence of chick-lit smaltz.

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Monster Love by Carol Topolski

I found this tabloid-like sequence of testimonies from people affected by the abuse and murder of a child a harrowing read. You really do get inside the head of monsters. A brave novel about the ultimate taboo.

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A Deal with the Devil by Martin Suter

Not as straightforward as it first may appear. This story is a fast-paced mystery set in Switzerland where the characters come in and out of the action often to leave clues to the reader as to the mysterious goings-on. It may leave you guessing or confused but definitely intrigued.

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Lost Paradise by Cees Nooteboom

At first this seems to be a book of two unconnected halves. What possible link is there between two Brazilian girls travelling in Australia in search of Aboriginal culture and a journalist seeking to lose weight in an Alpine spa? Answer: angels. The result is a delightful mix of travel, art, literature, life and Milton’s Paradise Lost all in 151 pages – and every one of them charming, light and serious all at the same time.

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