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I can remember the launch of e-books into the book market. It was all doom and gloom, with people shouting from the ramparts that, ‘The printed book will be dead! Our e-readers are light-weight and portable! We can travel with 10 books in one e-reader! Surely they are better than the printed book!’
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  • 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 >
  • The rugged beauty of England’s Lake District looms large in the latest psychological thriller by Perth-based author SARA FOSTER. She shares her passion for the natural world and her concerns about the potential impacts of electronic media with MAUREEN EPPEN. Read on >
  • When she was 16, MADELAINE DICKIE went to Denpasar, the capital 
of Bali, on a language exchange program.
 Since then she has been fascinated with Indonesia; she has lived and studied in our northern neighbour for three years and
 she speaks Indonesian fluently. Her first novel, Troppo, tells the story of Penny, an Australian expat who flees from her career- minded boyfriend in Perth to a seemingly carefree 
life of surfing in Indonesia. Madelaine tells us how she came to write the novel. Read on >
  • Ed Yong – science reporter for The Atlantic and blogger for National Geographic – has just published his first book, I Contain Multitudes: The microbes within us and a grander view of life. We asked him to tell us about his reading life.   What are you
reading now?
 Patient H.M. by 
Luke Dittrich, because 
my editor for my own 
book sent me a galley
 copy! I’m glad she
 did. Henry Molaison 
was arguably the most
influential patient in
all of neuroscience.
 After an operation to
cure his epilepsy, he lost the ability to form new memories – think Memento – and so taught us much about how our memories work. Dittrich is the grandson of the surgeon who operated on Molaison, and he brings a deeply personal flavor to the incisive reporting and colourful writing that characterise this book. What are your three favourite books?
 The Song of the Dodo: Island biogeography in the age of extinctions by David Quammen is natural history writing at its finest – a witty, insightful tour of the planet’s islands and what they tell us about our increasingly fragmented world. The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell offers genre-hopping stories but delivers a deep fable about hope and nihilism; I stared silently out a window for the longest time when I finished 
it. Being Wrong: Adventures in the margin of error by Kathryn Schulz is a wondrous study of human error that blends literature, science and philosophy. Read on >
  • RICHARD ROXBURGH has been extraordinarily versatile over the
decades of his acting career. The Albury-born actor has played both Sherlock Holmes and his nemesis, Professor Moriarty, appeared as Count Dracula in the 2004 movie Van Helsing and played the lead role in Rake, a TV show he co-created. But he’s just as talented
on the page as he is on screen and stage; Roxburgh has written and illustrated a new kids’ book, Artie and the Grime Wave. We asked him about his influences and what lead him to this new project. Read on >
  • PEPPER HARDING is the pen name of a writer from San Francisco. The Heart of Henry Quantum, Pepper’s new novel, follows a scatterbrained husband’s erratic journey through the streets of San Francisco as he hunts down his wife’s Christmas present – a bottle of Chanel No. 5. Along the way he runs into his former lover, Daisy. We asked the author about his new novel and the eccentric thought journeys that appears throughout its pages. 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 >
  • CATHY BURKE is the CEO of The Hunger Project Australia, an organisation that aims to end hunger in every part of the world by 2030. She has raised tens of millions of dollars to help empower people in Africa, India, Bangladesh and South America to feed themselves. We asked Cathy about the books that she has enjoyed reading and which have shaped her life, and we also talk about her own book, Unlikely Leaders. Read on >
  • Writer MIKE LUCAS and illustrator JENNIFER HARRISON tell gr about Olivia’s Voice, a new picture book about a deaf girl. Read on >
  • The 1970s and 80s saw DAVE WARNER lead two influential punk-rock bands. His demanding musician’s lifestyle left little time for writing anything but his next single. Nowadays Dave is a full-time screenwriter, novelist and playwright, but he still takes to the stage every so often for a good old-fashioned rock-out. ANGUS DALTON finds out more about Dave’s life and his latest crime novel, Before It Breaks. Read on >
  • ANGUS DALTON meets British historian, journalist and author L S HILTON as she publicises the most hotly anticipated thriller of 2016, Maestra. Read on >

Book Reviews in this issue

  • This is the story of a little dog called Three as he had only three legs. But having three legs didn’t stop him from walking through the city from here to there and sniffing out lots of friends. Don’t miss this classic. You and your children will love reading it again and again. Read on >

  • Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler have produced so many wonderful picture books; Julia with her perfect rhyming text and Axel’s brilliant, witty and way-out characters. This book, The Smeds and the Smoos will be another firm favourite among the littlies. Read on >

  • This is a lovely story about a unique friendship between a little girl and her seagull. But it also touches on the trauma of moving house and starting a new school. So there could be lots to discuss from this little book. But, of course being a picture book for children it will have a happy ending. Read on >

  • Every page in this book is written so poetically, sometimes with just a sentence: A stone is a ripple of remembrance. And every page is so uniquely and imaginatively illustrated that you want to linger there and take it all in. Read on >

  • This is a fascinating story of community life, forbidden friendship, unwitting betrayal and a child who has the courage to challenge the status quo.  Read on >

  • This story is a good insight into rural, small-town life. They face many challenges but they also have a strong community that supports one another. There’s a lot to like about Wooba. Maybe this story will help city people have a different attitude towards their country cousins. Read on >

  • This books elicits giggles and giggles, as a farting grandma becomes Martins’ gassy guru – or methane mentor – to help him ‘let it go’. You can’t help but laugh as Martin attempts not to fart, no matter what. Lots of fun! Read on >

  • Jackie French needs no introduction to Australian younger readers as her list of books published is phenomenal and multi-award winning. This latest addition is a lot of fun and fascinating. Gold Rush is the first in a new ‘Fair Dinkum Histories’ series called ‘The Stinky Bits'. Read on >

  • Take Three Girls The second half of the book caught my attention because there were many complications and a great tension as we reach the climax. I was hanging onto the edge of my seat.  Read on >

  •  Zigomanis writes with strength, compassion and insight. It’s a great read. Read on >

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