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Let’s talk about books, baby

At the start of spring, as the days lengthen and the sun emerges, conversation naturally centres on the weather. We marvel at the warmth of the sun, the beauty of…

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

There is no shortage of books about the Holocaust, or other horrors of war, but in The Tattooist of Auschwitz focuses on an intriguing story of one character. The tattooist,…

Librarians are having their moment in the sun

Melbourne might have ACDC lane, but Canberra is set to name two streets after notable librarians. The Australian capital will name Ena Noel Street after the long-time teacher-librarian and advocate…

Extinctions by Josephine Wilson

Some books are painfully clever. They are dense with ideas, and their dialogue is so witty as to be almost undecipherable – even the characters are cleverer than the average…

The Life to Come by Michelle de Kretser

Some books come with such glowing reviews that it is difficult for them to live up to the hype. Perhaps that is what happened when I read de Kretser’s The…

There’s something on the nose about the new breed of children’s books

There was a time when ‘bloody hell’ was a profanity considered too rude for polite conversation. Now, it is a part of everyday language in Australia, no longer causing a…

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