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Notes from the Teenage Underground

This remarkable novel manages to be countercultural and rebellious, yet rock solid as well. Three school girls set out to create an ‘underground happening’ to divert impending holiday boredom. They a…

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Slam

Aahh, the bliss of a new Nick Hornby novel and how I wanted to savour it, but devoured it in one gulp. Writing specifically for young adults for the first time won’t stop the adult market from snappi…

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Raising Sand

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, subt…

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Anonymous Lawyer: Jeremy Blachman

This book is so funny that you might just want to start reading it again the moment you finish it. Anonymous Lawyer, a partner at a top US firm, starts a weblog in order to have a place to write abou…

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Almost Moon

There is no doubt that Alice Sebold is a brilliant writer. I just wish her subject matter wasn’t so disturbing. Don’t get me wrong, I love dark stories, but this is pitch black with no sign of a torc…

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Divisadero

Divisadero is a unique book.

It opens in a remote farm in Northern California in the 1970s; a gentle man is eking out a living with his two daughters, Anna and Claire, and a young boy, Coop, from a …

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The Singing Tree

What a lovely, unexpected gem of an album! The Singing Tree is a stunning example of talent, patience and excellent musicianship. Layers of slide guitar and piano in a laidback style reminiscent of T…

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The Onion Field

Whilst November 1963 was a terrible month, with global and long lasting repercussions, it wasn’t the only one that year. Six months earlier in March, a smaller, but no less fatal event took place tha…

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J. S. Bach: Goldberg Variations

If you thought you there were enough Goldbergs or that Gould, Tureck or Schiff couldn’t be matched, think again! The debut CD of this young American pianist has caused a sensation in the US, for the …

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Australian Classics

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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