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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 […]

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Frontline of the Pandemic: Australia 1919

Patricia Skehan and Lois Michel. Rrp $19.95 P.Skehan Publishing This timely book provides a stark account of the impact of ‘Spanish Flu’ on Australia, a dramatic and alarming revelation of tragic mortality, but with numerous descriptions of heroism across the country.  It should come with a warning of graphic content. It will distress many readers, […]

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FLYING THE NEST

Rachael JohnsHarper Collins  RRP $ 32.99 Definitely for the modern parent, where family plus in laws try to keep up and fit in with a modern marriage. When her husband suggests they try nest parenting the main character, Ashling Wood realises her marriage is rocky.  (Nest parenting is where the kids stay in the house […]

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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 […]

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THE UMBRIAN SUPPER CLUB

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, […]

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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 […]