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It’s a good time to read this thoughtful collection of essays, in the wake of the federal cabinet’s rejection in October last year of the ‘Uluru Statement from the Heart’, which features at the start of this book. This document was the culmination of an extensive consultation process to determine what Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people wanted from constitutional recognition.

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Archive Discoveries

  • SABRINA HAHN has been WA’s go-to dispenser of green-thumb advice to radio listeners for more than 20 years. Now, in Sabrina’s Dirty Deeds, she shows you what to do in your garden and when to do it. In this extract she outlines how to encourage good predatory insects. Read on >
  • PEPPER HARDING is the pen name of a writer from San Francisco. The Heart of Henry Quantum, Pepper’s new novel, follows a scatterbrained husband’s erratic journey through the streets of San Francisco as he hunts down his wife’s Christmas present – a bottle of Chanel No. 5. Along the way he runs into his former lover, Daisy. We asked the author about his new novel and the eccentric thought journeys that appears throughout its pages. Read on >
  • Find out about the inspiration behind the bestselling brilliance of Graeme Simsion's The Rosie Project, his new novel The Best of Adam Sharp, and how he made a name for himself by dressing as a duck. 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 >
  • The exact percentage of people with dyslexia is unknown, but it’s estimated at between 5 and 17 per cent of the population. And many people may not even be aware that they have the condition. There’s no cure for it, but now there’s a new way to help people overcome dyslexia – and it’s as simple as using a new font. Read on >
  • The 1970s and 80s saw DAVE WARNER lead two influential punk-rock bands. His demanding musician’s lifestyle left little time for writing anything but his next single. Nowadays Dave is a full-time screenwriter, novelist and playwright, but he still takes to the stage every so often for a good old-fashioned rock-out. ANGUS DALTON finds out more about Dave’s life and his latest crime novel, Before It Breaks. Read on >
  • ABC journalist and science writer IAN TOWNSEND cut his teeth as a novelist in 2007 with Affection, which told the story of a plague outbreak in 1900. His next novel, The Devil’s Eye, was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Award in 2009. Now with Line of Fire, he turns his pen to narrative non-fiction to tell the story of Richard Manson, an 11-year-old boy who was accused of espionage and shot by the Japanese during World War II in New Guinea. Read on >
  • Recent research has revealed the astonishing capabilities of dogs. We know that they can help vision- impaired people, but they can also sniff out cancer and even help to locate missing people. CAT WARREN in What the Dog Knows recounts how she adopted an unruly German shepherd puppy, Solo, who is eventually trained to locate human corpses. Read on >
  • Teachers of writing classes often tell their students ‘show, don’t tell’. But showing – which means providing vivid description so that readers can clearly imagine what is being represented – depends to a large extent on memory and an alertness to the present moment. Writer and memoir instructor PATTI MILLER, author of Ransacking Paris, shows here how you can draw on sensory memory to enhance your writing. 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 >
  • Australian historical novelist Pamela Hart tells us about her latest novel, A Letter From Italy, and Australia's first female war correspondent.  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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