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Food, family, gardening and travel are constant passions for MARY MOODY, who deals with life and death in her latest memoir, The Accidental Tour Guide: Adventures in life and death. JENNIFER SOMERVILLE reports.
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  • 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 >
  • Sydney-based novelist LAUREN SAMS, author of She’s Having Her Baby, has worked for magazines such as Marie Claire, Elle and Cosmopolitan. Her new book, Crazy Busy Guilty, reprises the heroine Georgie Henderson, who tries frantically to juggle work and family. We spoke recently with Lauren, who talked about the US election, writer’s block and wacky parenting strategies.  Read on >
  • Australian film director BRUCE BERESFORD (Driving Miss Daisy, Paradise Road) and film producer SUE MILLIKEN (Black Robe and Sirens) have collaborated on several films over their long careers. Their new book, There’s a Fax from Bruce: Edited correspondence between Bruce Beresford & Sue Milliken 1989- 1996, collects the communications – full of industry gossip, news and thoughts on books and films – from a pre-email era between these two filmmaking luminaries. They tell us here about the books that have influenced them. Read on >
  • JOHN KINSELLA is the author of 30 books and is the three-time winner of the WA Premier's Book Award for Poetry. He's a fellow at Cambridge's Churchill college and the editor of international literary journal Salt. The self-described vegan/anarchist/pacifist tells Good Reading asked him about his new short story collection, Old Growth.   Read on >
  • The Sound, the second book from novelist SARAH DRUMMOND, is set around Western Australia’s King George
Sound. Based on a true story, the novel tells of Wiremu Heke, a Maori man from across the Tasman who sails from Tasmania to WA in 1825 on a mission of vengeance. We asked Sarah to tell us about Wiremu and about The Sound. Read on >
  • Thirteen-year-old gamer Beth loves fighting beasts and solving riddles in her favourite online game, Tordon. But she soon faces her own adventure when she and her gaming nemesis are sucked into a new adventure filled world where they have to fight for their own survival. Into Tordon is a collaborative novel by 9 authors, written under the pseudonym of Z F Kingbolt. Good Reading talks to Editor-in-Chief Zena Shapter about the collaborative writing process, gaming and the adventures in the real world that mimic those found on the screen. Read on >
  • While researching for a non-fiction book about the botanical history of some of the world’s most popular alcoholic drinks, US author Amy Stewart stumbled across a gin smuggler’s altercation with a officious woman named Constance Kopp. This discovery catalysed her historical crime-fiction series based around Constance and her two sisters, set in New Jersey in 1915. As the second instalment in the series, Lady Cop Makes Trouble, is released, Angus Dalton finds out more. Read on >
  • The town of Sorrento in southern Italy sits high on a clff above the Tyrrhenian Sea, whose waters are sobuoyant and warm that you can doze off while floating on its surface. But as author KATE FURNIVALL found, the nearby city of Naples is steeped in a history of danger and wartime poverty. The UK author tells gr her latest novel, The Liberation, was inspired by the secret tunnels, mafia strongholds and the of child street gangs she encountered on a recent visit to the Bay of Naples. Read on >
  • The mystery surrounding Agatha Christie’s 1926 disappearance provided the inspiration for On the Blue Train, the second novel of US-based Australian author KRISTEL THORNELL. She tells MAUREEN EPPEN how her research led her to parts of England where the celebrated mystery author lived – and to the North Yorkshire hotel wher she spent jer 'lost' days. 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 >
  • gr highlights cookbooks to buy for the discerning foodies in your life. 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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