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Beneath The Sun by Tom E Lewis

Reviewed by Paul Barr

Born in Arnhem Land, actor and musician Tom E. Lewis has produced two very good albums to date. Sunshine After Rain, from 2006, used spoken word and atmospheric musical settings to great effect, thou…

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Trouble by Non Pratt

Reviewed by Katherine Dretzke

Hannah is a typical teenage girl. She fights with her mum about homework, she loves hanging out with her best friend and boys are very much on her radar. Life is fun. That is, until Hannah falls preg…

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Alexander Altmann A10567 by Suzy Zail

Reviewed by Angela Crocombe

Alexander is only 14 when his family is sent to Auschwitz, but by pretending to be 16 he survives the gas chamber, unlike his younger sister. He keeps to himself and refuses any overtures of friendsh…

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John Adams: The Gospel According to the Other Mary

Reviewed by Kate Rockstrom

We’re in the season of Easter and although the shelves are groaning under the weight of chocolate, Passions are also filling the shelves, particularly Bach’s famous St Matthew and St John Passions. J…

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In Certain Circles by Elizabeth Harrower

After receiving a Commonwealth Literary Fund fellowship in 1968, Elizabeth Harrower said she felt ‘obliged to write’ and the product was In Certain Circles, her last novel. It was accepted for public…

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Gandolfini by Dan Bischoff

Reviewed by Duncan McKimm

The task attempted by Dan Bischoff in posthumously creating a biography of the actor who embodied Tony Soprano is, to say the least, challenging. Chronicling a man who played the fundamental charact…

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The Promise by Tony Birch

Reviewed by Belle Place

The Promise sees Tony Birch return to the short form, following the achievements of his Miles Franklin-winning novel, Blood. As in that novel, here Birch writes misguided, brooding characters, the so…

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The Story Of Buildings by Patrick Dillon & Stephen Biesty

Reviewed by Timothy Blyth

As a child I remember that ‘uplifting experience’ upon entering an example of great architecture, that positive effect on my sense of wellbeing that made me wonder how it was achieved. Reading The St

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All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Reviewed by Luke May

Marie-Laure LeBlanc is a blind French girl who lives with her father, a locksmith working at the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle in Paris. Werner Pfennig is an orphan living with his younger sis…

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Here in the Garden by Briony Stewart

Reviewed by Alexa Dretzke

As a young boy tends to his garden through the seasons he reminisces about the wonderful times he shared with his rabbit. Briony Stewart evokes a benevolent and simple world of nature and a child’s a…

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