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The Emergence of Memory

Reviewed by Martin Shaw

Long-time readers of this august publication will know that in the mid-nineties I was already raving about W.G. Sebald (The Emigrants, The Rings of Saturn, Vertigo), for I already had the feeling the…

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Australian Classics

Reviewed by Jo Case

This lovingly assembled book selects 50 classic Australian works (both prose and poems), from Rolf Boldrewood’s Robbery Under Arms (1889) to Peter Carey’s Booker prize-winning True History of the Kel

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The Stone Gods

Reviewed by Emily Harms

The Stone Gods is set in an apocalyptic near-future that is a direct result of the forces of desolation. On one level it is a philosophical piece of science fiction based on a love story between Bill…

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The Female Thing

Reviewed by Chris Gordon

Laura Kipnis is not afraid of telling you what it is like to be a woman. In fact all of her books concentrate on the dilemmas of being a feminist in western modern times. Her latest book, The Female

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Raising Sand

Reviewed by Lou Fulco

Who and where does someone come up with the idea of pairing ROCK GOD/LEGEND Robert Plant with bluegrass queen Alison Krauss? Well, it’s a stroke of pure GENIUS! The album has sublime harmonies, subtl…

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Dylan

Reviewed by Dave Clarke

He has just visited these shores and the record company has finally released a decent Dylan retrospective – it comes in three different flavours but really it would be silly to only buy the single di…

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Look Me in the Eye

Reviewed by Jo Case

This memoir is noteworthy for a few good reasons. Firstly, it’s written by the older brother of Augusten Burroughs, who famously chronicled his mixed-up childhood in the bestselling Running With Scis

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A light History of Hot Air

Reviewed by Jo Case

Nobel Prize-winner Peter Doherty is not, if this book is any indication, your typical idea of a stuffy eccentric genius in a lab coat with a habit of talking in incomprehensible sentences. In fact, i…

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Sun Dirt Water: The Waifs

Reviewed by Louisa Dretzke

The Waifs’ new CD, Sun Dirt Water, is an unpretentious, honest album with an earthy feel that roams easily through styles; from country and blues to jazz, soul and even, at times, pop. Vocally, Sun D…

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The Butterfly Month: Ariella Kornmehl

Reviewed by Annie Condon, freelance reviewer

The Butterfly Month is a must-read for anyone who enjoyed Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee.

Post-apartheid South Africa is in this instance chronicled by a young doctor, Joni, who has fled Holland to work i…

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