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Banks, A Biography (Part 2.) Grantlee Kieza OAM ABC Books, Sydney 2020 RRP $39.99 This was to be the last great adventure for Banks, who “instead of going with Phipps towards the North Pole” as planned, instead botanized with friends in Wales. “Banks remained the most famous naturalist in Britain” while also considered a “Lothario”.  […]

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WE SEE IT ALL: LIBERTY AND JUSTICE IN THE AGE OF PERPETUAL SURVEILLANCE Jon FasmanScribe Publication “1984” is arriving soon.  George Orwell’s best-selling novel (written in 1948) was based on an all-seeing Big Brother controlling society and a compliant population beaten into submission. Individualism has disappeared, and everyone is managed and controlled. Jon Fasman, a […]

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A MILLION THINGS

Emily SpurrText Publishing Rrp $39.99 One of the hardest things to do well in writing fiction is to tell the little stories. Grand arcs set their own direction: great figures in history shove aside the furniture and fill the room. But to hold the story of an unheralded life in your hands, and to give […]

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Crackenback

A novel by Lee ChristineAllen & Unwin $29.99Reviewed by Jamie Lewis Australians love the great outdoors, so it stands to reason that our serial killers would too. Lee Christine’s Crackenback, set in Australia’s Snowy Mountains, is the perfect backdrop for a white-knuckle thriller, where isolation and entrapment are played out against an enchanting and unforgiving […]

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Toxic: The Rotting Underbelly of the Tasmanian Salmon Industry

Richard FlanaganPenguin BooksRRP $24.99 Jack* is a small-scale commercial fisherman in Tasmania’s wild northwest, where he plies the waters mainly in the lee of the Hunter Island Group, partially protected from the ravages of the wild Southern Ocean. Though the massive Atlantic salmon feedlots that make up Australia’s largest fishery are hundreds of sea miles […]

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Banks, A Biography

Grantlee Kieza  OAMABC Books, Sydney 2020.RRP $39.99  This is a large and extremely interesting book, laboriously researched, and stuffed full of fascinating details not confined to its subject, who, in himself, was truly a gargantuan figure.  Joseph Banks, whom David Attenborough hailed as “the great panjandrum of British science”, had a profound impact on our […]

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Dingo Bold

The Life and Death of K’gari Dingoes Rowena LennoxSydney University Press $35.00Reviewed by Chris Lee Dingo Bold is a fascinating new book by Rowena Lennox, about the dingoes that live on K’gari, also known as Fraser Island, which is located off the coast of Queensland. Part investigative journalism, part nature writing, and also part personal […]

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Book Launch

“Love Is in The Air”… . . .  is an innovative, music-filled fun book launch for anyone over 50 who goes cold on the media’s vacuous 3Cs, i.e. controversy, celebrity and crap; but warms to the cheerful 3Ws, i.e. wellbeing, wisdom and wit.  The book is All About Older Australians,a tonic-aplenty needed after 2020.  The […]

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Simple Italian

The essentials of Italian Home Cooking Related PostsA Year of simple family foodBook LaunchBanks, A Biography

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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 […]