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A light History of Hot Air

Nobel Prize-winner Peter Doherty is not, if this book is any indication, your typical idea of a stuffy eccentric genius in a lab coat with a habit of talking in incomprehensible sentences. In fact, i…

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Sun Dirt Water: The Waifs

The Waifs’ new CD, Sun Dirt Water, is an unpretentious, honest album with an earthy feel that roams easily through styles; from country and blues to jazz, soul and even, at times, pop. Vocally, Sun D…

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The Butterfly Month: Ariella Kornmehl

The Butterfly Month is a must-read for anyone who enjoyed Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee.

Post-apartheid South Africa is in this instance chronicled by a young doctor, Joni, who has fled Holland to work i…

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What The Sea Wants The Sea Will Have: Sarah Blasko

If you look up ‘slow burn’ in the music dictionary, you’ll see a photo of Ms Blasko. Her debut album of 2004, The Overture & The Underscore, has quietly sold around 50,000 copies in Australia, which …

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Someday Angeline: Louis Sachar

Louis Sachar is best known for his stand-out novel for young adults, Holes. In Someday Angeline, Sachar is writing for younger readers.

Angeline is an eight-year-old genius who is having trouble fi…

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El Dorado: Dorothy Porter

A chilling verse novel by one of Melbournes leading poets, Dorothy Porter (The Monkeys Mask). A serial child killer stalks the streets of Melbourne. He kills his victims gently and places a gold mark…

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The Invention Of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

This intriguing story of Hugo Cabret – an orphan and timekeeper secretly living within the walls of a busy Paris train station – is a mystery in many ways. Children will love the book’s unusual story…

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Favourite Worst Nightmare: Arctic Monkeys

Q: What do you do when the first album you released became the fastest selling debut album in UK chart history and the biggest worldwide hit of 2006? A: Don’t bugger about - and get another album out…

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The Time We Have Taken: Steven Carroll

If you’ve read the The Art of the Engine Driver and The Gift of Speed you will no doubt be eagerly awaiting this third instalment of Steven Carroll’s exploration of frontier suburbia. The Time We Hav

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The Road: Cormac McCarthy

Set in an American landscape destroyed by unknown catastrophe, this extraordinary novel tells of a father and son’s relationship amidst utter devastation. Armed with a pistol and a tattered map, they…

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