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Pile by the Bed reviews Nobel Prize winner Olga Tokarczuk's 2014 magnum opus The Books of Jacob centering around a little known Jewish messianic sect in eighteenth century Eastern Europe.

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Pile by the Bed reviews Harsh Times by Mario Vargas Llosa looking at the American inspired political unrest in Guatemala in the 1950s and 60s.

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It was a tough choice but here are Pile by the Bed's top 5 books of 2021 and five honourable mentions.

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Pile by the Bed's Top 5 crime novels for 2021 and 5 honourable mentions.

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Pile by the Bed reviews The Quantum War, the third of four books planned in Derek Künsken's heist-fuelled science fiction Quantum Evolution series.

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Pile by the Bed's top five science fiction novels for 2021 with five honourable mentions.

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Pile by the Bed's top 5 (actually 6) fantasy novels of 2021 and four honourable mentions

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Pile by the Bed reviews Lemon by Kwon Yeo-Sun a Korean crime novel that touches on a range of Korean social issues.

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Pile by the Bed reviews Canticle Creek by Adrian Hyland - an Australian procedural, set in rural Victoria but with links back to the Northern Territory.

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Pile by the Bed reviews The Russian Wife, the fourteenth in Australian crime writer Barry Maitland's Brock and Kolla series.

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Pile by the Bed reviews Kill your Brother - a breathless, tense and violent but compulsive thriller from Jack Heath.

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Pile by the Bed reviews Noor by Nnedi Okorafor - a stand alone cyberpunk, Africanfuturist roadtrip with a resilient heroine at its core.

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Pile by the Bed reviews Leviathan Falls by James SA Corey - the ninth and final book in The Expanse series. Recommended.

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Pile by the Bed reviews Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead, a great American novel rich with character, theme and resonance and shortlisted for the 2021 Booker Prize.

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Pile by the Bed reviews The Promise by Damon Galgut, winner of the 2021 Booker Prize, a vebally inventive novel dealing with the last thirty years of South African history.

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Pile by the Bed reviews Cosmogramma by Courttia Newland a book of short stories casting a new slant on familiar speculative fiction tropes.

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Pile by the Bed reviews The Second Rebel, second book in Linden Lewis' space opera First Sister trilogy which ups the stakes and develops to some great cliffhangers

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Pile by the Bed reviews Our Violent Ends by Chloe Gong, conclusion to her 1920s Shanghai set, Shakespeare inspired These Violent Delights.

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Pile by the Bed reviews Devotion by Hannah Kent, a romance set against the story of the immigration of German religious communities to South Australia in the nineteenth century.

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Pile by the Bed reviews The Last Woman in the World by Inga Simpson a post-apocalyptic tale that takes the recent experiences of the bushfires and pandemic in Australia as inspiration.

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