17 top starring book reviews of 2023

Which books garnered five shining review stars on ArtsHub in 2023?
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ArtsHub reflects back on the year to see which Australian books reviewed by our stable of writers received five stars. Here are 17 that took out top billing. From feminism to chronic disease, climate change, mental health, Indigenous identity and mature love, the themes explored in these books are eclectic and wide-ranging.

Wifedom by Anna Funder (Penguin)

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Thuy On is Reviews Editor of ArtsHub and an arts journalist, critic and poet who’s written for a range of publications including The Guardian, The Saturday Paper, Sydney Review of Books, The Australian, The Age/SMH and Australian Book Review. She was the books editor of The Big issue for 8 years. Her first book, a collection of poetry called Turbulence, came out in 2020 and was published by University of Western Australia Press (UWAP). Her next collection, Decadence, was published in July 2022, also by UWAP. Twitter: @thuy_on