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Keep It Simple: Van Morrison

Van the man releases yet another album number and is certainly showing no signs of slowing down. Whilst his albums no longer break any new ground, he is still making music worth listening to. The alb…

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Mahtab’s Story: Libby Gleeson

Inspired by Libby Gleeson’s meeting with a group of Year 11 students from Iraq and Afghanistan, this novel about a young refugee and her family is a gripping and enlightening read. It is not only the…

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Edwina: The Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct: Mo Willems

Reginald Von Hoobie-Doobie harbors a serious grudge against Edwina the dinosaur. Everyone loves Edwina – she bakes the best choc-chip cookies, plays with all the kids, and helps little old ladies cro…

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Mistik Lake: Martha Brooks

Mistik Lake is a special book that demands uninterrupted devotion. It will be greedily consumed in one or two gulps; but for long after, it’s affects will be savoured. This is a beautifully told bitt…

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Live Apples: Paul Kelly

Australia’s favourite troubadour and his excellent band perform his most recent cracker of an album in it’s entirety plus 16 more Paul Kelly faves and rarities such as Careless, To Her Door, Deeper W

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Swimming In A Sea Of Death: David Rieff

In this noteworthy book, journalist David Rieff sets out to record his mother, Susan Sontag’s state of mind after she was diagnosed with terminal blood cancer. It’s an extraordinarily ambitious under…

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Hard Sweet and Sticky: The Bellrays

Tough title to live up to, but the Bellrays are up to the challenge. Fronted by the powerhouse vocals of Lisa Kekaula this California four-piece have delivered a killer little record that is full of …

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The Story of Forgetting: Stefan Merril Block

Abel Haggard is the only one left on the family farm in Dallas. His hermetic life is slowly closing in around him as he watches the years fall away, hoping his estranged daughter will return. Seth Wa…

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The Odd Couple: Gnarls Barkley

I know Crazy was a huge, huge sick-to-the-gills-with-it hit, but give this album a go anyway! I love listening to Cee-Lo Green’s fantastic gospel gravelly-edged vocals. I love the funky drive of Dang…

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Texas: Sarah Hay

Fans of 2001 Vogel winner Sarah Hay will be pleased to learn that her second novel has a distinctly Australian flavour. Set on a remote Kimberly cattle station during the 1980s, Texas charts the live…

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