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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 generation, until it evolves into a narrative that promotes a constructed good while deleting a […]

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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 The Year of the Farmer.  Rosalie Ham has tightly woven a dark novel about a […]

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“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 Parliament. Shuffling around the house with his shirt tails out, he was an important […]

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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 the family home and move where she would have company and safety, probably so they […]

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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 this is one that the author’s mother gave him, and he wanted to check that […]

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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 nely chopped 1 carrot, coarsely grated 1 zucchini, coarsely grated 800 g lamb mince 2 […]

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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 sandwiches like the other Australian kids in our working-class suburb of south-western Sydney. No, we […]

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AUSTRALIA RE-IMAGINED

Pan Macmillam.  RRP  $32.99 Hugh Mackay has spent almost his entire working life asking Australians about what makes us tick, what are our basic concerns, what gives us hope and meaning, why do we do what we do? His acute observations, honed by the skills of solid social research, have illuminated his readers for at least […]

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THE LUCKY GALAH

Tracy Sorensen.  Picador  RRP $29.95 This book is the story of a Galah, and the people in a small town who are important in her story. The small town is Port Badminton. With some exceptions – the bank, the post office, a couple of churches – Port Badminton was not then a town of brick […]

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The Coal Truth: The fight to stop Adani, defeat the

David Ritter  $29.99 Since 2012, the fight to stop the opening of the vast Galilee coal basin has emerged as an iconic pivot of the Australian climate and environment movement. The Coal Truth: the fight to stop Adani, defeat the big polluters and reclaim our democracy provides a timely and colourful contribution to one of the […]

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Elizabeth Macarthur. . . “LIFE AT THE EDGE OF THE

Michelle Scott Tucker Text Publishing  RRP $32.99 For those growing up during the twentieth century, a lot of information was available regarding the development of agriculture, during the formative years of the various Australian states and territories. Much of this information related to the sheep industry, and the value that wool represented to agrarian-based exports. […]