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Slow Mushrooming Alison Pouliot Fungi are old. Very old. They’ve inhabited the planet for millennia, colonising new environments, diversifying, enabling life on land. Across continents and cultures Homo sapiens have tapped into their quirks and qualities for thousands of years. They feature in our fairy tales and fables, legends and lore. In recent years, increasing […]

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You’ve Got To Be Kidding… A Shedload of Wine and a Farm Full of Goats “You’ve Got To Be Kidding… A Shedload of Wine and a Farm Full of Goats” is published by Harper Collins. Rrp. $34.99 Author Todd Alexander wrote his hilarious memoir “Thirty thousand bottles of Wine And A Pig Named Helga” about […]

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KILLING SYDNEY…The Fight For A City’s Soul Elizabeth Farrelly Pan Macmillan.  Rrp. $34.99 For some of us who know Sydney…or knew it … each visit now brings a stab of nostalgia and sadness at what has gone. Killed off in a perceived frenzy of greed, corruption, over-development.  There is no disputing the traffic jams, the […]

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The Secret of Half-Arsed Parenting: Raising kids with half the guilt and twice the joy Dr Susie O’Brien Murdoch Books  RRP $32.99 The Secret of Half-Arsed Parenting is a readable ‘how-to’ guide to raising kids to live, survive and thrive as grown-ups – without crumbling at the first whiff of adult responsibility, resorting to therapy […]

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A LOST BOOK?

I found this in my mother or maybe grandmother’s collection. Maybe it came from a jumble sale. We always buy the books.  The book was given to Edith Cameron for her tenth birthday in 1928 from a Mr Humphries. Edith then wrote very neatly in the cover her name and “Moon Street, Wingham NSW”. Just […]

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WHAT IS TO BE DONE

– Political Engagement and Saving the Planet Barry Jones  Scribe  Rrp $35.00 Part 2. Jones is puzzled that “there appears to be an inverse relationship between the number of graduates in parliament and the quality of political debate…it is now impossible to get a straight answer to a question, whether asked in parliament and the […]

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BOOKS HAVE A WAY OF LEADING US TO NEW PASTURES,

Often, serendipitously, a book falls across our path just as we need it. Santa happened to leave my granddaughter Sonoma a magical and beautiful book –  “The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The horse”  published by UK Random Penguin House. Its simple pen and ink drawings are deeply thoughtful, timely and heart touching from […]

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ENCOUNTERS WITH THE CHRIST Simon & Schuster  Rrp. $16.99 Greg Blaze Rrp $19.95 To purchase go to info@nowavesinmogadishu.com Local author Greg Blaze has written four short stories with the same outcome – an encounter with Christ.  Three of the stories are about real events and the author’s ideas about what people experienced during their ordeals.  The […]

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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 […]