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LONELY PLANET’s new book, Travel Goals, is aimed at giving you ideas for the most extraordinary and transformative travel experiences out there. If you’re lucky enough to travel for pleasure then why not consider playing it forward while having a travel experience? In this extract we discover ideas of how we can improve the lives of those – people and animals – who don’t have the same good fortune as we do.

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  • After reading a few thrillers lately I got to thinking about writers in the crime and thriller genres and the research they need to do to make their books seem real. Research can be an exciting part of writing any book. Determining how a killer might think and how their victim could become entrapped is one thing, but I can’t imagine looking at dead people or reading detailed reports of the methods that serial killers use to stalk and murder their prey.That’s the sort of awful stuff police deal with and psychologically struggle with for the rest of their lives. But could even researching this sort of thing affect a writer?  Read on >
  • It’s often said that whatever happens in our childhoods resonates throughout the rest of our lives – for good or for ill. This was certainly the case for TIM ELLIOTT, who grew up with a father who suffered from bipolar disorder. TIM GRAHAM spoke to him about the lingering effects of a tumultuous childhood and his memoir ofpaternal madness, Farewell to the Father. Read on >
  • Think of the typical problem drinker, and we usually imagine alcoholics, drink-drivers, underage drinkers and the perpetrators of one-punch attacks. The brother of Brisbane writer ELSPETH MUIR was none of these things. But three days after a heavy night of drinking, he was found dead in the Brisbane River – his blood alcohol level was 0.25 at his time of death. Elspeth tells us about her memoir, Wasted, an investigation into Australia’s drinking culture, and what might have been done to prevent Alexander’s death.  Read on >
  • I switched on to watch ABC TV’s The Drum one evening and discovered Jodi Picoult sitting on the panel discussion.What a great performer she is – not only an impressive writer but also an impressive speaker.The discussion at the table was raging around whether a white author has the right, or could even have the understanding, to write about black characters. As a white woman, how could she really know what’s it’s like to be a black woman, let alone a black man? How could she write black characters and make them authentic without knowing how they feel? Read on >
  • Australian novelist NICOLA MORIARTY is the youngest of six siblings, two of whom – Jacyln and Liane – are also accomplished novelists. Her latest novel, The Fifth Letter, examines the relationships of a group of friends after a letter-writing dare uncovers a festering cache of secrets andr esentment. ANGUS DALTON reports. Read on >
  • Creativity is often thought of as a special gift bestowed on only a handful of lucky people. But as Australian novelist SUE WOOLFE points out, it’s a skill that you can cultivate. Here are five tips she used to create her latest collection of stories, Do You Love Me or What? 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 >
  • KIRI FALLS was introduced to the works of English novelist Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-65) when she saw the 2004 BBC production of North & South. Last year, the 150th anniversary of Gaskell’s death, Kiri decided to make a pilgrimage to the newly renovated Manchester home of the great lady. Read on >
  • From an investigation into the scandals of the Catholic Church by Tom Keneally to Jeffrey Archer’s thrilling last instalment in the ‘Clifton Chronicles’ series or a tale of a shrewd female locksmith in the time of Queen Elizabeth I, these books will delight you over the long, languid days of summer. Read on >
  • It’s 100 years since
 Roald Dahl’s birth on 13 September 1916. For many years now, 13 September has been celebrated as Roald Dahl Day.  I love all of Roald Dahl’s books. I love the naughty antics his characters get up to in so many of his stories. I love reading about the fascinating life he led – especially his wartime flying exploits – and I really loved how he made the nasty grandmother in George’s Marvellous Medicine just go ‘pop’ and disappear. I think we all have someone in our life we’d like that to happen to occasionally. If you are yet to read his memoirs – Boy and Going Solo – I can’t recommend them highly enough. 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

  • This is a wonderful novel, both uplifting and heartbreaking. The uncompromising, relentless Mallee is as vivid a character as the people. The hard slog of farm life, the insularity of small communities, the beauty of art and its ability to inspire hope in dark times and the resilience of people in the face of tragedy are all woven together into an unforgettable story. Read on >

  • Ten Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World is one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read. It’s one of the saddest, but one of the most uplifting, and certainly the most human. It’s also been shortlisted for the 2019 Booker Prize, if you needed any further indication you should definitely read this book. It’s chock-full of gorgeous imagery that flows from page to page, never once losing focus. 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World is a book I’ll recommend to everyone until I die. It’s one of the few I’d describe as a ‘perfect’ book. Read on >

  • Reading this novel is like following an intricate pattern for macramé. Not only is it a story based on the research the author carried out for her own Doctorate of Creative Arts; but her main character, Olivia Wells, is portrayed as carrying out research for her thesis, based on a mid-20th century writer, Gloria Graham, who lived in Brisbane during WWII. Read on >

  • England in 1348 is a very different place. Class distinction is absolutely defined, and the classes do not mix, unless by necessity or accident. In this novel we have three very different characters: a young Scottish gentlewoman who is determined to flee an arranged marriage to an older man that is not who she wants; a Scottish proctor who sees things perhaps too clearly and who needs to return to his home in Avignon; and a young ploughman who is seeking adventure and advancement of his skills by joining a company of archers in France. Overshadowing their earthly concerns is the Black Death. Read on >

  • The author, a barrister with many awards as a writer, ensures Stephen Maserov has the skills, the guile and the determination to take on the challenges thrown at him. Uncovering corporate corruption and finalising sexual harassment claims are tempered by humour, surprises and fascinating personalities. Read on >

  • This novel should come with a small warning. For readers living with someone who has dementia, it may prove a little close for comfort; but for others it will be a satisfying love story. Evelyn Parker has lived aboard an ocean liner with her husband, a retired ship’s doctor, for 20 years; and before that spent many years travelling the world with him on various ships. When she steps onto the liner after its regular turnaround, it is her 662nd cruise aboard that ship, with her cabin full of mementos from years of cruising. But Evelyn seems to have misplaced Henry, her husband. It becomes obvious that she is not just eccentric, but confused; and has major memory problems. Read on >

  • It’s the story of a little caterpillar who hides inside a beautiful cocoon and a hungry kookaburra waiting for him to come out. What a surprise when he sees a handsome butterfly. No wonder he starts laughing. Read on >

  • Chihiro Takeuchi has written and illustrated this little book which is, as the title suggests, full of animals. But it’s not your normal animal book. It’s a search-and-find book. Read on >

  • This is one of the funniest picture books I’ve read in quite a while. How Nicki Greenberg decided to portray Miss Kraken the way she does is pure genius. And those naughty children’s faces say it all. My smile stayed around right to the very last page where it even got wider. Read on >

  • Henry’s moved house and now lives 2003 kilometres away from his Grandpa. Henry’s missing his Grandpa but they write to each other constantly. Henry’s letters are full of the exciting new things he is discovering: new scientific facts about blue whales and the 400 billion stars in the Milky Way. But he still misses his Grandpa’s goodnight kiss. Every page in this picture book is a delight. And, of course, like all good picture books, the illustrations fill in so much more of the story. Read on >

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