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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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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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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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Taking Pictures: Anne Enright

Anne Enright is a passionate writer who describes real life like you would to your best friend – only, with elegance and a turn of phrase that creates an immediate picture. Her stories are about dea…

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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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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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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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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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Musk and Byrne: Fiona Capp

Award-winning Australian author Fiona Capp (That Oceanic Feeling) has ventured into the eventful world of historical fiction with her new novel. Set in 1860s Victoria, its heroine is Jemma Musk, an i…

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