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There are now an impressive 10 books in Sri Lankan-born Australian SULARI GENTILL’s ‘The Rowland Sinclair Mysteries’ series. Sulari lives and writes from a small farm in the Snowy Mountains of NSW. She invited gr into her home and showed us around.

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  • We chat to aspiring astronaut and sci-fi writer S J Kincaid on haunted graveyards, Star Trek, and her new YA galactic thriller, The Diabolic.  Read on >
  • This book might have the word ‘tax’ in its title, but don’t let that dreary term fool you. The Great Multinational Tax Rort tells the intriguing tale of how, for decades, multinational corporations have been slithering out of their obligations to pay their fair share of tax, leaving governments with shrinking funds to pay for essential services for their citizens. In this extract, MARTIN FEIL, also the author of The Failure of Free-Market Economics, outlines some of the techniques these business behemoths use to cunningly avoid paying tax – leaving us all the poorer. Read on >
  • In the early 1900s, the luminescent properties of radium – a highly radioactive metal – had just been discovered, and entrepreneurs were quick to identify its marketing potential. They flooded supermarket shelves with radium-based products, and thousands of young women in North America were hired to paint clock dials with radium. The girls would go home with their hands aglow, oblivious to the bone-destroying radiation they had been exposed to. We spoke with London-based author KATE MOORE about these workers’ stories, which appear in her new book, The Radium Girls. 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 >
  • 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 >
  • Adelaide writer STEPHEN 
ORR, whose book The Hands
 was longlisted for the 2016 
Miles Franklin Award, likes to
travel the world inspecting
 sites of literary interest – when 
he’s not writing about cattle 
stations and small towns. Here 
he recounts a recent journey to
 the British Isles and Germany on 
which he visited the homes and
 haunts of some of the world’s best known authors. Read on >
  • The symptoms of boredom, loneliness and heartache can often be alleviated by exposure to a good novel. But poetry can also have a similar healing effect. If you suffer from any of the following undesirable conditions, try these three poetic prescriptions that might just do the trick. Read on >
  • Kit, only 19 years old, works for Shen Corporation
as a phenomenaut – a person who projects their consciousness into the bodies of animals bred for research purposes. This is the strange and intriguing premise of The Many Selves of Katherine North. ANGUS DALTON puts some questions to EMMA GEEN, author of this new novel. 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 >
 BURKE is an
art historian,
photographer and
award-winning novelist.
Her latest book, Kiffy Rubbo,
which she has co-edited with Helen Hughes, collects contributions 
from leading figures in the artistic community that all focus on the dynamic figure of Kiffy Rubbo (1944-80), a pioneering curator
in Melbourne in the 1970s. We asked Janine to tell us about this new book and the books that have shaped her life. 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 >

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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