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Now We Shall Be Entirely Free by Andrew Miller

Reviewed by Elke Power

English author Andrew Miller has been winning awards for his writing ever since his first book, Ingenious Pain, was published in 1997 and won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the International IM…

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Active Labour: Memoirs of a Working-Class Doctor by Percy Rogers

Reviewed by Susan Stevenson

Active Labour, the title of Percy Rogers’ autobiography, alludes to his work as an obstetrician pioneering the Lamaze method of childbirth, and also his life-long commitment to social activism. His f…

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The Magic Pudding by Norman Lindsay

The story of the ill-tempered but delicious self-perpetuating Magic Pudding is an Australian icon a bit like the dog on the tucker box really. But I had never actually read it till now, its centenary…

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The Edge of Memory: Ancient Stories, Oral Tradition and the Post-Glacial World by Patrick Nunn

Reviewed by Kara Nicholson

Alexis Wright’s Tracker and Bruce Pascoe’s Dark Emu are two recent publications to challenge the colonialist nature of Western history and science. Both have rightfully become bestselling and award-w…

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The Honey Factory by Jürgen Tautz & Diedrich Steen

Reviewed by Gabrielle Williams

If there was such a thing as Bee School or, more accurately, Beekeepers’ School, The Honey Factory by Jürgen Tautz & Diedrich Steen would surely be the definitive text. It’s a comprehensive look into…

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21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari

Reviewed by Mark Rubbo

In the beginning of the twenty-first century all we can seem to see is a world of rapid change and turmoil, with the rise of a destructive right-wing nationalism, and technology outpacing our ability…

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Trace: Who Killed Maria James? by Rachael Brown

Reviewed by Anna Rotar

At number 736 High Street Thornbury on 17 June 1980, Maria James was stabbed sixty-eight times in a frenzied attack at the back of the bookshop she owned and lived in. Fast forward thirty-eight years…

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Handel: Acis and Galatea

Reviewed by Alexandra Mathew

No sooner have Acis and Galatea declared their love than the evil giant (read: sexual predator) Polyphemus tears their union asunder. After doggedly but unsuccessfully pursuing Galatea, a jilted Poly…

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No Country Woman by Zoya Patel

Reviewed by Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen

Zoya Patel was born in Fiji to Indian parents, and came to Australia at three years old. In her thoughtful debut essay collection, she grapples with the idea of identity, and the often confusing expe…

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Mystery Road

Reviewed by Lou Fulco

Not all movies can make the jump to television with the ease with which Mystery Road does. When I first saw the 2013 Ivan Sen movie I found myself thinking that it was a perfect tale of culture, conf…

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