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What is to be Done – Political Engagement and Saving

Book Review Barry JonesScribe Rrp $35.00 In his preface, Jones lists “the four horsemen of the apocalypse that threaten humanity: . . . population growth exacerbated by per capita resource use; climate change; pandemics; and racism and state violence.”  The lead horse is population, which pandemics might reign in.  The latter two horses are mostly […]

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THE GOLDEN MAZE

Book Review ABC BOOKS  Rrp $39.99 ABC broadcaster and bestselling author of Ghost Empire and Saga Land, Richard Fidler digs deep into the history of the magical city of Prague. In 1989, Richard Fidler was living in London as part of the provocative Australian comedy trio The Doug Anthony All Stars when revolution broke out across Europe. Excited […]

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BACK ROADS – THE SCENIC ROUTE

Book Review Heather Ewart  ABC Books  Rrp $ 39.99 This book captures some of what has made the ABC TV series so popular.  Here are some of the team’s favourite places and people as they travelled around Australia discovering the scenery and settings where resilient and inspiring communities and individuals reveal their secrets and stories […]

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GRUG AND THE BUSHFIRE

Book Review Simon & Schuster  Rrp. $16.99 Author and artist Ted Prior thought he’d retired to his bushland property of 200 acres in Killabakh.   After selling millions of books over the years about his strange little creature GRUG who captured children’s hearts and imagination for many years, he retreated to his isolated property on […]

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Reconnected: A community Builder’s handbook

Andrew Leigh and Nick Terrell  La Trobe University Press/Black Inc.  Paperback RRP: $27.99 (We’re in this together) ‘A more connected community will be a happier community’– that is the message coming through strongly and clearly in the pages of Reconnected: A community Builder’s handbook. This book is filled with optimism and ideas, as well as thought-provoking, […]

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THE TIME OF OUR LIVES

(Growing Older well) Robert Dessaix Brio  Rrp $32.95 Is there a formula for growing old well?  It seems not, but our erudite, pithy, witty, no nonsense friend leads us on an entertaining yet sometimes sensitive and fragile tour, as he visits friends, places- lofty, literary, and little – family and acquaintances, and, along the way, […]

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KILLING TIME

Jimmy Barnes.  Harper Collins Rrp. $34.99 Jimmy Barnes has made his mark as a writer since his vein opening, pull no punches, heart touching memoir, “Working Class Boy” and its sequel “Working Class Man” published to great acclaim. Now in a change of pace and style he’s produced something different, but equally entertaining and touching, […]

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THE BURNING ISLAND

Jock Serong Text $32.99  Menacing, moving, maritime mystery of colonial times that drags you into a morass of wonderful, mad, inventive characters whose motives are only part of an intricately woven, surprising plot.  Serong’s evocative descriptions of the wild and bawdy times, a creative cast of wonderful, sometimes bizarre, gut and heart wrenching characters, spin […]

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GOLDEN DAZE

Sean Doherty Hachette. rrp $45.00 Australia’s best surf writer brings to life the wild, bold, brave story of Australian surfing from 1915 to the present through the stories of Surfing Australia’s Hall of Fame surfers and contemporary surfing legends. Golden Daze tells the story of Australian surfing one year at a time through the lives of […]

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THE ALTAR BOYS

Suzanne Smith ABC Books Rrp $34.99 BOYS WITH EVERYTHING TO LIVE FOR … A COMMUNITY BETRAYED … AND THE WHISTLE-BLOWER PRIEST WHO PAID THE ULTIMATE PRICE . . . A TRUE STORY. Glen Walsh and Steven Alward were childhood friends in their tight-knit working-class community in Newcastle, NSW. Both proud altar boys at the local […]