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Triskellion: Will Peterson & Peter Cocks

Our heroes of this intriguing book are Rachel and Alex, whose lives have been turned upside down with the divorce of their parents. They are packed off to visit their Grandma in a sleepy little villa…

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Plaster and Paint: Jan Harper

This is a lovely and unusual book: the ‘twin’ biography of John Colquhoun, orthopaedic surgeon (1899 – 1974) and Joyce McGrath (his patient) Arts Librarian at the State Library of Victoria, and portr…

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Rose For The Anzac Boys: Jackie French

We are in World War I and 16-year-old Midge Macpherson is in a conservative ‘finishing school’ in England. As the war rages in the trenches, she feels increasingly helpless and useless. With two brot…

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Hand Built By Robots: Newton Faulkner

Well, it had to happen. Each year we have a hot new talent with a sound that appeals to the masses, millions of records are sold and then The Next Big Thing comes along. Headlines in the music pres…

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Nyuntu Ninti: Bob Randall & Melanie Hogan

Based on the award-winning documentary Kanyini, this quite stunning book is a sort of photographic prose poem about ‘the ancient and spiritual culture that is the very heart and soul of Australia’ (t…

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Music Hole: Camille

Camille’s third studio album, Music Hole, shows a key turn in her career: it is mostly sung in English. ‘In Music Hole, I tried to mix the storytelling, ‘chansons’ feel from musicals with something m…

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R.E.M: Accelerate

Think along the lines of the guitar hooks of Out Of Time, Adventures In Hifi and Green with the songwriting qualities of Automatic For The People and Murmur. It’s R.E.M at their best and it’s brillia…

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Hey Trouble: The Concretes

Hey Trouble is the third studio album by Swedish indie-popsters The Concretes, and their first after the departure of lead vocalist Victoria Bergsman. With vocal duties switching to drummer Lisa Milb…

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Gurrumul: Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu

Yunupingu has is a hugely talented indigenous performer and songwriter who has played with some of the best – Yothu Yindi and the Saltwater Band. He has one of the most soulful voices you will ever …

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Attack and Release: The Black Keys

Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney continue along the blues-rock soaked path to follow up their 2006 effort Magic Potion, but this time with some help from their friends. From the slow country blues ope…

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