Page 5 of our reviews

I Am Change by Suzy Zail

Reviewed by Natalie Platten

Suzy Zail’s latest novel, I Am Change, is a fictional work based on research and personal interviews with young Ugandan women from rural communities living in extreme poverty. For these young women, …

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Lunch at 10 Pomegranate Street by Felicita Sala

Reviewed by Angela Crocombe

What a delightful and unique cookbook for kids! In an apartment block, each of the neighbours is preparing a special dish for a communal dinner. We see a beautiful illustration of each cook, includin…

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Unrequited Love by Dennis Altman

Reviewed by Andrea Goldsmith

Dennis Altman is a close friend of mine, but I needed to read Unrequited Love to discover the richness of his life. His work in gay politics has taken him across the globe – and still does. (The unre…

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The Monster Who Wasn’t by T. C. Shelley

Reviewed by Kim Gruschow

A strange imp boy is born in the underworld. Immediately compelled to escape, he joins up with a hilarious gang of crabby chocolate-loving gargoyles and makes his way above ground to the world of the…

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Welcome to Your Period by Yumi Stynes, Melissa Kang and Jennifer Latham

Reviewed by Bec Kavanagh

Yumi Stynes is right when she says that ‘ Dolly Doctor’ was once the only place to which you could turn for honest advice on bodies and your periods. Thankfully, finally, we’re starting to see greate…

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Lieder: Brahms, Schumann, Mahler by Renee Fleming

Reviewed by Alexandra Mathew

Schumann’s Frauenliebe und –leben was groundbreaking: it was the first song cycle composed to be sung by a woman and from her perspective. As the title indicates, the cycle follows the life and love …

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Sincerely, Harriet by Sarah W Searle

Reviewed by Kim Gruschow

This new middle-grade graphic novel from a Perth resident explores loneliness and illness. Harriet is having a tough time, she has moved to a new home in a new city, she’s been unwell and is being sn…

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The Brilliant Ideas of Lily Green by Lisa Siberry

Reviewed by Natalie Platten

Lily Green is a messy, unfussy kind of a girl, bursting with creative exuberance and a vibrant mind. Her mum’s beauty salon is the family’s sole source of income since Lily’s dad passed away some yea…

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Moving Your Body by Beci Orpin

Reviewed by Claire Atherfold

Melbourne-based artist, illustrator and designer Beci Orpin has previously produced four beautiful craft books, Make & Do; Home: 25 Amazing Projects; Sunshine Spaces; and Find & Keep. All of her book…

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Harry Seidler’s Umbrella by Joe Rollo

Reviewed by Mark Rubbo

The first thing that strikes you about this book is its sheer beauty. Joe Rollo got his friend and graphic designer Garry Emery to design the book and together they agonised over it. It’s a lovely ob…

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