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Women in the Picture: What Culture Does with Women’s Bodies by Catherine McCormack

Reading Catherine McCormack’s new book is an antidote to something I didn’t know had been happening to me. I have read writers that McCormack references such as Griselda Pollock, Hélène Cixous and Ba…

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15 Histoires de Guitares by David Jacques

This is the second recording by Canadian classical guitarist David Jacques to feature on these pages. The previous recording, 14 Histoires de Guitares, featured guitars and music that spanned more th…

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Girl, Unframed by Deb Caletti

American YA author Deb Caletti writes powerful stories about young women in challenging circumstances and Girl, Unframed is no exception. Sydney Reilly must leave her friends in Seattle to live with …

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Things Are Against Us by Lucy Ellmann

Lucy Ellmann’s most recent novel, Ducks, Newburyport, was nominated for the Booker Prize in 2019. It is over 1000 pages long, has no paragraph breaks and almost no full stops. It is also a compelling…

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Brahms: Piano Concertos András Schiff & Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Those brawny first notes. Strings sawing, with strength and strident trills they announce Brahms’s Piano Concerto No 1. Then out of the storm emerges András Schiff at the piano – a breath of sunshine…

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French Works for Flute Adam Walker, Timothy Ridout & James Baillieu

In listening to Chandos’ latest flute offering, I was delighted by the gentleness of Adam Walker’s musical phrases. I never thought the first movement of Franck’s Violin Sonata could be so gentle, th…

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News Hounds: The Puppy Problem by Laura James

News Hounds: The Puppy Problem is a gorgeous chapter book and heralds the beginning of a charming new series. Its hilarious doggy shenanigans, coupled with colourful, cheeky illustrations are guarant…

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Henry Hamlet’s Heart by Rhiannon Wilde

A drunken game of truth or dare. Secret wishes tossed into a campfire. The last days of Year 12. A kiss.

Rhiannon Wilde’s YA debut, Henry Hamlet’s Heart, is a gorgeous queer love story set amidst t…

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The Others by Mark Brandi

‘Sometimes, you have to do the most terrible things. Sometimes, you just have to.’ With this single line the tone is firmly established for The Others, Mark Brandi’s highly anticipated new novel. Nar…

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After Story by Larissa Behrendt

Burnt out after a disturbing homicide case, lawyer Jasmine takes a leap of faith and invites her mother Della to join her on a literary tour of England. Della has never travelled far beyond Frog Holl…

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