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MAX LEWIS updates us on his progress through LUCY ELLMANN’s Ducks, Newburyport, the 1000 page epic that consists of a single sentence.
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  • The stories of SUSAN PERABO have been likened to the work of George Saunders and Raymond Carver. Her latest novel, The Fall of Lisa Bellow, kicks off when school student Meredith is kidnapped together with her nemesis, Lisa Bellow. Meredith is set free – but Lisa remains. We asked Susan to tell us about short stories versus novels, her love of baseball and writing advice she has received. 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 >
  • Former pop-punk rocker LEN VLAHOS tells Good Reading about his new YA novel, Life in a Fishbowl, and how Marcus Zusak inspired him to write from the perspective of a brain tumour. 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 >
  • Most of us think of Australia as a sunny land filled with straightforward, open and candid people. But in ANNA ROMER’s version of the country, it’s a place filled with secrets and people who will do anything to keep them concealed. She talks with ALEX HENDERSON about her new book, Beyond the Orchard, Victoria’s haunted Otway Coast and the power of fear. 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 >
  • 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 >
  • 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 >
  • 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 >
  • 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 >
  • 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 >

Book Reviews in this issue

  • This beautifully illustrated book is quite a deep read. It has made me realise the importance of telling our stories to our families, whether they be ones we are proud of or others we would prefer to forget. Our stories will be different from any other generation’s and will help those who follow us to understand us and respect us for who we are. Read on >

  • This is a story with heart, celebrating the wonderful world of imagination, with age as no barrier. And the soft, fantastical illustrations will draw you and the children into Mabel’s wonderful world. Read on >

  • This book is not only a riot of fun but a hearty thank you from Mr Chicken to all the boys and girls who write to him. Many of their letters cover the inside front and back covers of this book and I can imagine how thrilling it would be for the children if Mr Chicken writes about their town where they live. Read on >

  • Gregory Goose is on the loose and this time he’s off to the moon. But how will he get there? Will he catch a rocket or maybe a falling star? We don’t really know where he is or how he’s going to go that far, but if we turn the pages and look very carefully we might find him hiding somewhere. Maybe he might be in his space balloon or visiting Mars. Read on >

  • Golden Unicorn is the first in ‘The Rise of the Mythix’ series, another created by Anh Do, an accomplished and multifaceted author. This engaging story is easy and enjoyable to read even for reluctant readers. The story is supported by graphic novel style, black-and-white illustrations from Chris Wahl. It would have been enhanced if some of the illustrations were in colour, especially when colour features importantly in the story. Read on >

  • The ‘Yinti’ series is an insightful collaboration between Jimmy Pike and his wife, Pat Lowe. The stories are ones that Jimmy recalls from his childhood and gives a rare insight into the traditional life and culture of First Nations people. Read on >

  • This book is for all those train buffs out there, whether you are four or 24; whether you love the smell of a coal-fired steam train, the speed of your intercity train or dream of the luxury of those trains you haven’t travelled on yet. It’s a story of the first steam engine replacing the horse-drawn trains in the English and Welsh coalmines. The Rocket built by father and son, George and Robert Stephenson, the first passenger train, setting a speed record of 47 kph. Read on >

  • The book is colour coded by continents, making it a breeze to find a specific country, or to simply flip through and marvel at all the history behind these flags. Read on >

  • Illuminightmare is an utterly unique historical picture book with a supernatural twist. It explores the most haunted places in the world, such as Salem in America, Bran Castle in Romania, and even Picton in Australia, sharing facts, urban legends and ghost stories from these unique places. For a child or even an adult not too faint of heart, Illuminightmare is a fascinating way to learn the history of some of the world’s most fascinating places. You could spend hours peering through the pages to find what’s hidden within. Read on >

  • This Is My World is a fascinating book that gives kids an insight into what it’s like to be a child in another country. There are 84 kids from over 70 different countries packed into the book, each with colourful pages where they describe their day-to-day life and what they want to be when they grow up. Readers can flick through the book at their leisure and learn about a unique child on every page. There’s also a map at the front of the book that will let them search for specific countries, colour coded by continent. Read on >

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