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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, subtl…

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Dylan

He has just visited these shores and the record company has finally released a decent Dylan retrospective – it comes in three different flavours but really it would be silly to only buy the single di…

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Look Me in the Eye

This memoir is noteworthy for a few good reasons. Firstly, it’s written by the older brother of Augusten Burroughs, who famously chronicled his mixed-up childhood in the bestselling Running With Scis

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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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