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The Lieutenant: Kate Grenville

As in her masterful previous novel, The Secret River, Kate Grenville uses the early history of European settlement of Australia as a means to provoke and confront us. The reader is forced to reflect …

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A Most Wanted Man: John Le Carré

Earlier this year John Le Carré’s son Nick published his debut novel to considerable acclaim (The Gone-Away World) - and I’ve got the theory that Dad wasn’t going to let himself be outdone in 2008! F…

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The Two Kinds Of Decay: Sarah Manguso

Sarah Manguso was a 21- year-old college student when a rare blood disease – Chronic idiopathic demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy (CIDP) – first affected her. The disease caused symptoms such as f…

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Oh (Ohio): Lambchop

Oh (Ohio) continues the Lambchop tradition, where each successive record represents a new stage in the evolution of their distinctive sound. It’s a natural process which has seen them progress from t…

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Only By The Night: Kings Of Leon

In which the Followill boys continue their rather prolific output and drop record number four. Their particular brand of bearded, Baptist, boogie-infused rock may not be to everyone’s taste, but for …

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Dilettantes: You Am I

You can always rely on three things: 1.The Tigers will finish ninth. 2. The Espy will be packed on a Sunday arvo 3. You Am I will deliver a great album.

If the raw rock of their previous eff ort (t…

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White Noise - The Living End

From frontman guitar wizard Chris Cheney’s killer opening riff and the rock-stomp driven by the excellent rhythm section of drummer Andy Strachan and upright bass player Scott Owen on the instant cla…

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Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Now that he’s officially a legend, Nick Cave could easily hang up his boots and reflect on what is a remarkable career spanning about 30 years. Clearly, he is in no mood for that. In fact, he’s busie…

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Stay Positive: The Hold Steady

Having given us the rock record of 2006 in Boys and Girls in America, the Hold Steady is back with a vengeance. For those not familiar with their work, these Brooklyn boys produce epic, almost cinema…

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Home and Away: John Marsden & Matt Ottley

Imagine if we, everyday Australians, became refugees? Hard to conceive of here, in our safe, cocooned, distant land. We may have to worry about droughts and rising petrol prices, but being displaced …

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