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Issue Details: First known date: 2020... 5-11 September 2020 of The Saturday Paper est. 2014 The Saturday Paper
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* Contents derived from the 2020 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Solomon Grundy XVI, Margo Lanagan , single work short story
Steven Conte, The Tolstoy Estate, Peter Craven , single work review
— Review of The Tolstoy Estate Steven Conte , 2020 single work novel ;

'Steven Conte won the inaugural Prime Minister’s Literary Award for his first novel, The Zookeeper’s War, so it’s not hard to imagine that this new book, The Tolstoy Estate, has been much awaited in the 12 years since. The proof copy came with an absurd cover-sized puff about this being “a novel for people who still believe in the saving grace of literature in dark times”, which is enough to put anyone off. But The Tolstoy Estate is in fact a fine novel – grave, moving and engaging – and it will absorb every kind of reader with its weirdly humane war story in which the military characters are German medics. The span of the action – which encompasses a strange dislocated love story yet is also a meditation on literature and Tolstoy in particular – is beautifully handled, with an absolute sureness of step even though its structure seems fractured and not intrinsically probable or, on the face of it, viably shapely.' (Introduction)

Meg Mason, Sorrow and Bliss, Jemma Birrell , single work review
— Review of Sorrow and Bliss Meg Mason , 2020 single work novel ;

'Sorrow and Bliss is a book you’ll want to devour in a sitting. Meg Mason has written an adult coming-of-age novel told with force, breathlessness and a confessional style that makes you feel as if you’re sharing intimacies with a close friend. It may be read as a story of an unhappy marriage, or a story of a dysfunctional family, or perhaps most of all a story of mental illness – and it is all those things – but at its core this book is about a woman trying to understand herself and find a way to live.'  (Introduction)

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