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Tim Flannery is a mammalogist, palaeontologist, environmentalist, conservationist, explorer, and public scientist. He is one of Australia’s leading writers on climate change and was named Australian of the Year in 2007.  JENNIFER SOMERVILLE revisits his remarkable book that was originally published over two decades ago, Throwim Way Leg.
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  • Born in London, retired doctor TONY ATKINSON spent the first years of his life in a cage dangling out of a window. But he went on to serve the Queen and Winston Churchill during his early career as a footman and waiter, which he recalls in hilarious stories in he memoir, A Prescribed Life. 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 >
  • Biographies have long fascinated readers, serving as guides for how to live our own lives or often just giving us an intriguing peek into the world of extraordinary people. In this round-up we look at a comedian with a disability, a magician with a learning disorder, the real man behind Walter White of Breaking Bad and more. But we’re bending the biography rules a bit by also including a book by a philosopher that will prompt you to think about living a better life, a book about Aussies at war and an account of Queensland police leading lives of corruption. 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 >
  • A young woman named edie channels the dead through her work with the shady Elysian Society in a dytopian first novel from SARA FLANNERY MURPHY. The Oklahoma-based author tells EMMA STUBLEY about her encounters with ghosts and Greek mythology and how they influened The Possessions. 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 >
  • When she’s not training her inquisitorial blowtorch on politicians and other people who have questions to answer, ABC reporter and presenter SARAH FERGUSON loves to delve into a book. Her new book, The Killing Season Uncut, recounts the behind-the-scenes tales of the television program about the tumultuous Rudd–Gillard years. We asked the multi-award winning Four Corners reporter to tell us about the books that have influenced her. Read on >
  • Marine biologist SHANNON LEONE FOWLER was embracing her fiancé, Sean, in the ocean off the coast of Thailand when a box jellyfish stung and killed him.Thai authorities tried to dismiss his death as a drunk drowning. Traveling with Ghosts follows the months Shannon spent on a strange trajectory through Eastern Europe, fleeing from the ocean and from grief. She tells us how her memoir came to be, 14 years after Sean’s death. 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 >
  • 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 >
  • 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 >

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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