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Book review: The Girl on the Page by John Purcell

If there’s one thing I like even better than books, it’s books about … books. John Purcell’s The Girl on the Page is delightfully obsessed with books – the different…

Book review: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling

It might be that I really, really want Harry to have someone watching over him like a parent might, but I think this is my favourite book of the Harry…

Book review: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling

The adorable Dobby is more than slightly frustrating in the second instalment of JK Rowling's Harry Potter series. At the beginning of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, he…

Book review: The Place on Dalhousie by Melina Marchetta

I hadn’t read a book by Melina Marchetta since the gorgeous Looking for Alibrandi as a teenager, so I was curious to see what The Place on Dalhousie was like.…

Book review: Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks

Geraldine Brooks’ Caleb’s Crossing tells the story of Caleb Cheeshateaumauk, the first native American to graduate from Harvard College in 1665 through the eyes of his friend Bethia, the daughter…

Book review: A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult

As Jodi Picoult’s modus operandi, A Spark of Light provides a fictional and engaging way of discussion a controversial topic. This time, it she tackles abortion by setting the story…

Book review: Farewell, My Lovely by Raymond Chandler 

I swear this will be the last time a choose a book because of its title. I was seduced by the sound of Farewell, My Lovely and ended up with…

Book review: Beauty by Bri Lee 

Bri Lee has followed up her brilliant Eggshell Skull with an eassy titled Beauty. While the two books are quite different, they are linked as they draw heavily on Lee’s experiences.  Eggshell…

Book review: Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout

Despite her failings, there is something solid and reliable about Olive. I read the second of Elizabeth Strout's Olive books during one of Melbourne's lockdowns and it was comforting to…

Why children’s books are a great way to inspire kids to dream big

This guest post from Ethicool Books co-founder, Teigan Margetts. Teigan and her publishing company have a wonderful ethos, creating picture books about the world's big issues and inspiring children to…

Book Review: Too Much Lip by Melissa Lucashenko

Too Much Lip has been on of my books of the year. From the first page, I was pulled into the life of wise-cracking Kerry, as she encounters a magpie…

Book review: City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

Gosh, I had a great time listening to City of Girls on audiobook. Elizabeth Gilbert’s novel follows the story of Vivian Morris as she discovers a glittering, exciting post-World War…

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