Page 5 of our reviews

Cress Watercress by Gregory Maguire

From Gregory Maguire, author of the book that inspired the stage phenomenon Wicked, and stunningly supported by picture book creator David Litchfield’s glorious illustrations full of colour and imagi…

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Harvest Lingo by Lionel Fogarty

I first read Lionel Fogarty’s poetry when I was at uni and I was stunned. Although I had loved poetry for a long time, I was more familiar with modern poets than with contemporary Australian and Firs…

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Guardians (Wylah: The Koorie Warrior, Book 1) by Jordan Gould & Richard Pritchard

What started out as an exciting day for Wylah – her first day teaching her village’s little ones how to do cave paintings – ends dramatically when she’s caught in a cave-in with one of the children, …

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The Woman in the Library by Sulari Gentill

Under the soaring dome of the Boston Public Library, four people meet. Whit, studying to become a lawyer and doing his best to fail; handsome novelist Cain; tattooed Harvard student Marigold; and our…

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Ennio Morricone: Cinema Suites for Violin and Orchestra

Sometimes when you listen to an album you get the feeling the musicians are trying to tell you something. Using the emotional pulls of music, without words to help, musicians send out their message t…

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Horse by Geraldine Brooks

Geraldine Brooks is famous for having brought us her own distinctive take on the Black Plague, the life of King David, and the search for a rare manuscript during the Bosnian War, among other things.…

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Fable: Works for Solo Harp by Australian Women Composers by Jacinta Dennett

One thing I learnt during my many years of music study was that the harp is a much harder instrument to play than it seems. Not only does each string need to be individually tuned, there are pedals t…

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Basin: A Novel by Scott McCulloch

After poisoning and casting himself into the sea, Figure is pulled from the water and resuscitated by a paramilitary bandit named Aslan. Upon recovery, the protagonist finds himself in a landscape of…

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The Perfect Golden Circle by Benjamin Myers

Two men, friendship and crop circles. British writer Benjamin Myers’ (The Offing, The Gallows Pole) strange and beautiful novel The Perfect Golden Circle sets us down among the wheat fields of Wiltsh…

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When We Fell Apart by Soon Wiley

When We Fell Apart is a beautifully written mystery, character study and examination of both American and Korean culture. Min, a man in his late twenties, is visited by a detective who tells him Yu-j…

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