Category Archives: Books

Paramedic

Sandy Macken Rockpool Publishing RRP $29.95 Sandy Macken is a writer, paramedic and spiritual teacher.  She has decades of experience in frontline emergency health, and brings a calm, grounded approach to all she does. As the bright lights and blazing

Bohemia Beach

Justine Ettler, Rrp $29.99 Transit Lounge. This book is a chaotic read. It matches the chaos that surrounds the protagonist.  Throughout the book Cathy is looking for her mother and never manages to find her, although she is told she

A Staple In Every Kitchen – a CWA Cookbook

This handy dandy one is published by Allen & Unwin.

Arcadia

America’s myth of goodness

Michael Katakis (Michael is an American writer, photographer, Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and manager of Ernest Hemingway’s literary estate. His latest book is “A Thousand Shards of Glass.”) People and nations are propelled and held back by their myths. Myth is repeated over time, generation after

THE NON-STOP FEAST OF “THE PUD”

This year sees the 100th anniversary of the publication of Norman Lindsay’s whimsical, satirical, clever, funny and classic book – The Magic Pudding. It was my favourite book as kid and when I came to read it to my children,

THE YEAR OF THE FARMER

Glancing at this book’s cover, resplendent with chooks and scrolls, could lead you to think it will be a happy tale of rural life, but a closer look at the shot of dusty orange paddocks tells the real story of

“Rusted Off: Why Country Australia is Fed Up”

Merit or tradition?  Political journalist, and resident of a small rural NSW town, Gabrielle Chan, reflects on political attitudes to rural and regional Australia. Penguin Random House, Rrp. $34.99 “The former Nationals senator Ron Boswell was quite the character around

The Single Ladies of Jacaranda Retirement Village

Joanna Nell  Hachette Australia RRP $29.99 A moving, funny, heartwarming tale of love and community. Peggy Smart, a widow of four years, with two caring(interfering) children, has been living at Jacaranda Retirement Village since her children persuaded her to sell

Curry

Naben Ruthnum. Text Publishing, Melbourne. RRP $19.99 For the reader who is hoping for new ideas about preparing wonderful new curry recipes, disappointment is around the corner!  It is true that there is one curry recipe, on pages 41/42, but

Yummy Easy Quick

Matt Preston Published by PLUM  39.99 The World’s Best Rissoles I must admit this isn’t saying much! But, rissoles are back, baby. Good times. makes 12 prep: 20 mins cooking: 30 mins 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 small onion, fi

WHITE BREAD DREAMING

An extract from ‘Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia”. Edited by Anita Heiss. Black Inc RRP 29.99 One of my earliest memories is of eating white bread sandwiches with my dad. Not vegemite or peanut butter or devon and tomato sauce