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The secrets that bind and those that divide are at the heart of The Secrets at Ocean’s Edge, a historical family drama by debut author KALI NAPIER. She talks to MAUREEN EPPEN about her story, set in rural Western Australia during the Depression, and which was inspired by her great-grandfather.

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Archive Discoveries

  •  Looking for an engrossing historical fiction read? gr has rounded-up eight of the best for you to try.   The books in Diana Gabaldon’s ‘Outlander’ series have undergone a renaissance recently after
being adapted into a BBC
TV series that has gained a cult following. When Claire Randall is thrown back in time from 1945 to 1743 she finds herself in a very different Scotland, where she is branded as an outlander or Sassenach (a derogatory word for an English person) in a country run by clans and invaded by Redcoats. Try this series if you like a well-researched historical sagas that have swashbuckling adventure and a bit of romantic romping. Read on >
  • For some women, bad men cast an irresistibly magnetic spell. Melbourne-based author LAURA ELIZABETH WOOLLETT examines this often fatal attraction in  The Love of a Bad Man, a collection of 12 stories based on the lives of real women who sought the love of criminals. In this extract from ‘Eva’, the author imagines the post-coital thoughts of Eva Braun, who met Adolf Hitler when she was 17. Read on >
  • Kentucky-based writer KAYLA RAE WHITAKER tells gr about her debut novel, The Animators, which follows the turbulent creative partnership between two indie animators in New York City. Read on >
  • A Melbourne woman proud of her 7000-year-old Persian heritage shines a light on family violence in a memoir covering three generations. SOHILA ZANJANI, author of Scattered Pearls, speaks with JENNIFER SOMERVILLE. Read on >
  • AOIFE CLIFFORD is the winner of the Scarlet Stiletto Award for one of her crime stories, but All These Perfect Strangers is her first novel. The Melbourne-based crime novelist talks with us about New Year’s resolutions, her Irish poet grandfather and the similarities between writing a novel and creating a papier-mâché puppet.  Read on >
  • The BBC released a survey earlier this year in which they asked readers to name the books they had lied about having read. You can see the list below. I think I have read around half, as some I may have read in my youth that I’ve forgotten about (more about that later). How many of them have you read? The truth, please! Read on >
  • FIONA CAPP is the internationally published, award-winning author of three works of non-fiction, including her memoir That Oceanic Feeling – which won the Kibble Award – and five novels, including Gotland, which was shortlisted for the 2014 Queensland Literary Awards. Fiona lives in Melbourne and works as a freelance writer and reviewer. Her latest novel, To Know My Crime, is a story of blackmail, risk, corruption, guilt and consequences set on the Mornington Peninsula. We asked Fiona to tell us about the books that have shaped her view of the world. Read on >
  • CATHY BURKE is the CEO of The Hunger Project Australia, an organisation that aims to end hunger in every part of the world by 2030. She has raised tens of millions of dollars to help empower people in Africa, India, Bangladesh and South America to feed themselves. We asked Cathy about the books that she has enjoyed reading and which have shaped her life, and we also talk about her own book, Unlikely Leaders. Read on >
  • 'Books, and lovers or friends, mark and change us. And we, in turn, mark and change them.' Melbourne novelist CATH CROWLEY writes about her longtime love of secondhand bookshops, and how the histories she found and imagined there led her to write Words in Deep Blue. Read on >
  • Meet the author who won the ABIA General Fiction Book of the Year 2015, and find out about her latest title, The Art of Keeping Secrets. Read on >
  • JIM OBERGEFELL led a class action in the US Supreme Court that established marriage equality nationwide for Americans. Love Wins, co-written with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist DEBBIE CENZIPER, is the story of the love that inspired the fight for justice. ANGUS DALTON reports. Read on >

Book Reviews in this issue

  • The Last Train primarily tells the story of two strong women who have been deceived but are determined to take control of their futures, whatever path they may take. Sue Lawrence creates an intricate and suspenseful plot that is a great read. Read on >

  • In the near future, the residents of a small Australian coastal town awake to find that the ocean has disappeared, the shoreline has receded to the horizon, and the land is littered with decaying corpses of marine life. They are confused, their pet dogs are hysterical and they wonder about the impact it will have on their community. Read on >

  • The poems are undeniably simple, but they are also engaging and give platform to a voice that has previously been on the fringe of the literary canon: the experience of a young migrant woman making sense of the world and her place in it. Read on >

  • In 15 beautifully crafted lines, Brooks takes us inside on a cool, rainy night, watching the night begin to fall outside. It left me with goosebumps. Read on >

  • I really enjoyed The Woman in the Window and its Hitchcockian sense of suspense, and the references to the films of the great director. The story took a little while to get going, but it wasn’t long before I was hooked, and by halfway I couldn’t stop. Read on >

  • This new series also draws on many characters and events from the ‘Powder Mage’ series so, while you could read it as a stand-alone, I would strongly advise reading the previous series first, as this will provide greater context, depth and enjoyment, particularly when old characters from the earlier series make their welcome reappearances. Read on >

  • The subtitle and the image on the dust jacket of this hardcover book say it all; the subtitle is ‘A celebration of a great Australian love affair’, and the image is a reproduction of Russell Drysdale’s 1945 painting, The Drover’s Wife. The whole collection is fascinating and has obviously been a labour of love for its editor. Read on >

  • It’s truly a wonderful book about friendship, true love and, most of all, hope. It’s also for young people who find the pressures of life a little too heavy and for those who need to understand them. Read on >

  • We’re Going on a Bear Hunt was first published in 1989 and has now become a much-loved classic. This new edition is beautifully produced with a ‘swirling whirling snowstorm’ gracing the cover. I can see a whole new generation of little fans singing the refrain and joining in the bear hunt. Read on >

  • Molly doesn’t live anywhere near the sea but she’s always wanted to be a pirate. So today she puts on her eyepatch, her pirate hat, grabs her sword and rows out to the pirate ship. She frightens Captain Chicken, scares the crew with her backflips and even climbs right up to the top of the rigging. Her mum finds her asleep in the clothes basket under the clothes line. She’s had a busy day. Read on >

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