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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…

We need to talk about boys (and books)

We are currently experiencing a social revolution in which women are standing up and refusing to tolerate the bad behaviour of certain men. It is happening in small towns where…

Forget neutral, my bookcase is going to be big, full and messy

The interior design idea was offered up innocently enough.  “Lauren keeps the look neutral by stacking books back to front.” The Twittersphere responded with a tsunami of ridicule and scorn…

Do you like the same books as me? Talking books with kindred spirits

It is usually the bookshelf that gives it away. That was how I often discover that a new friend is not just good company, but also a bookish kindred spirit.…

My New Year’s resolution is to make more conscious book choices

In the past I have always taken a scatter gun approach to choosing books, picking up one at a second-hand stores, another at a Sunday market, and finding many on…

The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham

It is not hard to see why W.Somerset Maughan wrote The Painted Veil after he was inspired by a fascinating story he read while on vacation as a student. According…

Seeing the walkman, Salt ‘n’ Pepa and the Australian schoolyard through new eyes

Pop culture has a way of marking a generation. Those who spent their childhood and teen years listening to the same songs by the same bands and choosing the same…

One theme is at home in most of our literature

Readers can travel to far flung places in the pages of a book. They can see life from the lofty perspective of an Olympian or statesman or immerse themselves in a…

We need less news and more literature

We have global news at our finger tips, constant updates on social media and 24-hour services, meaning we can find out what is happening in the world, all day, every…

What do your book choices reveal about you?

How much do you ever really know about your workmates? Perhaps their daily coffee order. Maybe their favourite Netflix series. While we might spend a big chunk of our waking…

The voyeuristic pleasure of reading

As much as we might like to deny it, we are all voyeurs to some degree. Whether it is in the nightly news or reality television, we love to see…

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