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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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Leaf: Stephen Michael King

Well here it is again, that tricky picture book – no words! But to quote the endpapers, ‘Silence is a word’, and of course a picture speaks a thousand words, and my review will probably not do justic…

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Henrietta Gets a Letter: Martine Murray

Sheezamageeza! Henrietta’s a bit jealous of baby Albert’s birthday and has the DILEMMA of a fairy living in a sock under her bed, who she helps to understand it’s best to be yourself and not try and …

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Genesis: Bernard Beckett

It is the future. The world is not as we know it. Survivors of a devastating worldwide plague have formed a new Classical-Greek-styled and highly technological Island Republic. However, all is not as…

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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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