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What a record! Guinness Book of World Records 2016

Guinness World Records 2016 – Published by Guinness World Records. Distributed by MacMillan. How the Guinness Book of Records fascinated us as children! Snakes with 12 heads, women who ate 700 cream buns…There was nothing people would not do, no records which couldn’t be bettered, no person or activity so bizarre it wasn’t included to […]

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Charles Bean. If people really knew – by Ross Coulthart

Charles Bean. If people really knew: One man’s struggle to report the Great War and tell the truth. By Ross Coulthart, joint winner of the Australian History Prize in the prestigious 2015 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. Charles Bean saw more combat than any other man in World War I. He was a firsthand witness to […]

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“Short Back and Science” by Dr Karl Kruszelnicki

Lets be honest and admit we’ve always wanted to know the truth about banana peels, or why synthetic shirts stink.   It’s also good to find out why the shape of a glass affects the flavour of the wine.  And what about how much clouds weigh?   And you can astonish your friends by facts about the […]

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Reckoning, by Magda Szubanski

One of the great things about this book is how it emerges why her character, Sharon,  was such a loved, essential person in the dynamics of the Kath & Kim series on TV. Not only was she a funny, but also decent,  forlorn, and a downtrodden foil to the exaggerated confidence of Kath and Kim.  […]

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The colouring craze

Is it art? Is it science? Is it therapy? A fad? Or perhaps spiritual escape from bad news, or a digital detox? Well, for a start it’s just simple fun. Colouring for adults is a publishing phenomenon, with hundreds of books now available, many on the best seller lists for months. It began in earnest […]

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Matt Preston’s slow roasted lamb – then and now

We love Matt’s recipes, they’re easy and different. And while he’s the cravated sophisticate dispensing kind advice on Masterchef, he also seems a bloke who loves cooking for his family, telling funny stories and who licks the cream off the beater or his sticky fingers! From: Matt Preston Cook Book – 187 Recipes to make […]

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Book review: Hello Beautiful!: Scenes from a life

By Hannie Rayson. Text Publishing. $29.99. Australian playwright Hannie Rayson describes herself as a writer, mother, daughter, sister, wife, romantic, adventuress, parking-spot optimist, and a “good and dull girl from an ordinary family”. Rayson’s recently released memoir, “Hello Beautiful!: Scenes from a life”, reveals that while her family might indeed be ordinary, she is anything but […]

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Book review: Australian Farming Families, Inspiring True Stories of life

By Deb Hunt. Macmillan. 330 pp. $29.99 As a teenager, my summer holidays were spent jillarooing on a huge property on the Queensland border, where I learned both the enchantment and brutality of large scale pastoral life. The heat, the flies, the endless plains, dust, and how to outrun a big angry goanna. Then I […]