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The Bird Way

Book Review Jennifer Ackerman Scribe . RRP $35 Jennifer Ackerman is a science, nature and human biology author.  She has written eight books, including the highly acclaimed The Genius of Birds (2016) which has been translated into over 20 languages.   Ackerman is one of five sisters from a “white privileged” background. Her intense humanist background […]



Marlena de Blasi Allen & Unwin  RRP $24.99 This is a delicious “word of mouth” book!   I was told about this book in mouth watering detail from my friend Joan who is a super cook.  … “new wine, new oil, all those chestnuts, fat porcini smelling of loam and the ages, figs dripping honey, […]

Beyond the ValleyBooks

Jaipur Literature Festival21feb20

The Jaipur Literature Festival seems an unusual travel objective. For a start, why go to India anyway? Such a noisy dirty place, holy cows wandering amongst unrelenting smoky traffic with gaping holes in the footpath. Some visitors can even get a bit of tummy trouble, including this writer.  As the largest literature festival on the […]



We need more conversations on how to bring conservation and agriculture together! Renewing An Australian Resource Publisher: Scribe. RRP $35 There’s a heart to David Pollock’s The Wooleen Way and a spirit for change and renewal that I love. Pollock’s story is one of confronting enormous challenges and striving in the face of adversity— something […]



I grew up in Fulham, London, and went to a Grammar School in Battersea.  I joined a Gray’s Inn firm of solicitors, and qualified as a solicitor.  I moved to Northampton with my wife and baby.  She left me and our son Tim (then two) for a friend.  I moved to Selsey, West Sussex, to […]



Lee Christine Allen & Unwin $29.99 Lee Christine’s Charlotte Pass may be set against the backdrop of the New South Wales Snowy Mountains, but there’s no time for the après ski life in this thrilling ride of a novel – full of enough mystery, romance and unexpected twists to keep you turning the page until […]


The Global Vegan

Hello! My name is Ellie. Some of you may know me from my plant-based recipe blog and Instagram account, Elsa’s Wholesome Life. I published my first book in 2017 and I am very excited to be back with even more delicious vegan recipes, inspired by the incredible cuisines from countries I have visited in my […]


Maybe the horse will talk

Elliot Perlman Penguin Random House. Rrp $32.99 ‘I am absolutely terrified of losing a job I absolutely hate. This realisation came to Stephen Maserov when he woke suddenly at around 3.30 one Wednesday morning. He wondered whether any of the other second-year lawyers who also worked at the prestigious commercial law firm, Freely Savage Carter […]


A special recipe from a special friend (with help from

Todd Alexander is an author and a friend who lives in the Hunter Valley with his partner Jeff where they run a boutique vineyard and accommodation business called Block Eight.  Todd recently visited the Manning Valley to promote his memoir, “Thirty Thousand Bottles of Wine and a Pig Called Helga” published by Simon & Schuster […]


One Last Wish

Rachael Johns Harper Collins Rrp. $32.95 Three women, three secrets, one life-changing journey. Alice has always been a trailblazer as a scientist, activist and mother. She knew her choices would involve sacrifices, but now, on the eve of her eightieth birthday, she’s beginning to wonder if she’s sacrificed too much. Alice’s daughter, Sappho, rebelled against […]


“I’m a climate warrior. Here’s why I paddled and dragged

Steve Posselt My journey reminds me of the fight for our climate – a hard slog with mental challenges that will be won by ordinary people Tough Is Not Enough seemed an apt title. When I was very young, playing cricket with a tennis ball seemed more sensible to me than the hard one that […]


Introducing “The Last Paradise”

In the ashes of her marriage Grace escapes her troubles by taking a job with a luxury hotel hidden in a stunning, untouched oasis in the heart of tourist-crazed Bali. Here, in this last paradise, she gathers the strength to take charge of her world. And, inspired by a woman’s story with links to Australia […]