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'Welcome to ABC Arts' monthly book column. Each month, we'll present a shortlist of new releases read and recommended by The Bookshelf's Kate Evans and The Book Show's Claire Nichols and Sarah L'Estrange — alongside freelance writers and book reviewers. This month, we're thrilled to present recommendations from Declan Fry and Khalid Warsame.'
'Hannah Kent's first two novels were bleak explorations of historical crimes: her 2013 debut Burial Rites told the story of the last person executed in Iceland; 2016's The Good People, steeped in Irish folklore, focused on the murder of a young child.'
'Seeing Midnight Oil live is always an exhilarating experience, whether it be in a sweaty pub such as the former Selina's in Coogee Beach, a New York ballroom, or under the broad southern sky at a winery.'
'At just 17 years old, when David Dalaithngu first touched down in Europe, he was the toast of the town — a young, handsome Aboriginal film actor from the remote Northern Territory who could hardly speak English.'