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Novel About My Wife: Emily Perkins

Many moons ago there was an enormous amount of excitement about a young New Zealand woman writer’s debut collection of short stories entitled Not Her Real Name. Since then Emily Perkins has written s…

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The Household Guide To Dying: Debra Adelaide

This book is being touted as THE Australian novel of the year. Debra Adelaide has been on the local literary scene for decades, and has ten books behind her, but she netted a $1 million advance for t…

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Tales From Outer Suburbia: Shaun Tan

At the recent CBCA conference, Shaun Tan remarked in his keynote address that what we perceive as normality is an illusion, and when you read these illustrated short stories you recognise that they a…

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Cradle to Cradle: William McDonough

“Think before you throw: there’s no such place as away” is an old BodyShop slogan that carried much weight, but for the architect McDonough and the chemist Braungart, it scarcely tips the scales.

Cr…

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Third: Portishead

Third is both a departure from and a reminder of that distinctive Portishead sound. Beth Gibbons’s affecting vocals retain the bleak-yet-beautiful feeling of previous Portishead albums but the accomp…

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Monster Blood Tattoo Book 2: The Lamplighter: D.M. Cornish

The marvellous adventure of the young boy-hero Rossamund continues in this much awaited second book in the Monster Blood Tattoo series. While in the service of the emperor as lamplighter, our affable…

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The Evangelist: Robert Forster

In a recent interview, Robert Forster said, ‘I want it to be a record that gives comfort to the listener … full of a warm acoustic sound’. The Evangelist is all that and much more. This is a wonderf…

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Rattlin' Bones: Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson

Kasey Chambers is one of my favourite Australian artists. Her first three solo albums hold a very special place within my collection and are albums I constantly find myself going back to. Kasey’s new…

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How to Heal a Broken Wing: Bob Graham

A pigeon flies into a skyscraper window, and in the busy grey city only one little child, with red jacket and golden hair, notices. He and his mother wrap the pigeon carefully in her scarf and carry …

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I’m Still Awake, Still: Elizabeth Honey and Sue Johnson

A loving bedtime story told in lively watercolour illustrations set against a deep blue, sleepy wash. Fiddy, in his rainbow pyjamas, has trouble letting go of all the bright things that surround him …

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