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Do we have, at last, the definitive story of Truganini, who found fame as the ‘last of the Tasmanian Aborigines’ when she died in 1876? Pybus, a distinguished historian and author of 12 books, is descended from the colonist who in 1829 received the largest free land grant on Truganini’s traditional country of Bruny Island, Tasmania. She admits that much written and said about Truganini is myth and fabrication. Pybus believes that Australians should know how this Aboriginal woman lived, not simply that she died.

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Archive Discoveries

  • 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 >
  • 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 >
  • The author of The Woman Who Changed Her Brain: And other inspiring stories of pioneering brain transformation, busts long-held conceptions about how our minds function. 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 >
  • 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 >
  • I switched on to watch ABC TV’s The Drum one evening and discovered Jodi Picoult sitting on the panel discussion.What a great performer she is – not only an impressive writer but also an impressive speaker.The discussion at the table was raging around whether a white author has the right, or could even have the understanding, to write about black characters. As a white woman, how could she really know what’s it’s like to be a black woman, let alone a black man? How could she write black characters and make them authentic without knowing how they feel? Read on >
  • A Melbourne woman proud of her 7000-year-old Persian heritage shines a light on family violence in a memoir covering three generations. SOHILA ZANJANI, author of Scattered Pearls, speaks with JENNIFER SOMERVILLE. Read on >
  • Real-life historical figures and 18th-century court cases dealing with adultery inspired one of two interwoven storylines in The Wife’s Tale, a new novel by Australian author CHRISTINE WELLS. She tells MAUREEN EPPEN how the true events from the past inform her tale of scandal, intrigue, murder – and love.  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 >
  • gr highlights cookbooks to buy for the discerning foodies in your life. 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 >

Book Reviews in this issue

  • This is a wordless picture book – no words just the most amazingly busy and quirky drawings that tell a story on every page. And the great thing about it is the story on each page can be anything you want it to be, no right or wrong answers. Such a fun book to share with your family. Read on >

  • It is beautifully produced with each page drawing us in to the exquisite illustrations.  Read on >

  • Being a frog lady I really enjoyed this book. I loved the repetition in the story and the way the illustrator used soft greens throughout with Murphy sometimes happy, sometimes worried but usually content with who he is. And the surprise ending made me smile. Read on >

  • This is the sort of book that all little children will love. It is quite unique as the Mouse Mansion is made from cardboard boxes and papier-mache and every room is beautifully furnished with fabrics from the 50s, 60s and 70s.  Read on >

  • The Great Escape is the second book in the ‘Wolf Girl’ series. Author Anh Do has given us another exciting and nail-biting episode but leaves us in suspense for the next in this series. His illustrations nicely support the words. Read on >

  • Old Tom is a must for anyone who isn’t acquainted with him. For anyone who has read Old Tom, he’s still worth another read, no matter what your age! Read on >

  • It is haunting and riveting and I couldn’t put it down. Read on >

  • This is a powerful and searing novel that begins with a scene of domestic celebration in the Mexican city of Acapulco; a 15th birthday and a family celebration.  Read on >

  • Williams’ writing is insightful, tender and romantic, seemingly effortless, but every word has been polished and set in its place to perfection. Read on >

  • Montag has written a tale that demands our attention and requires the reader to sit up and pay attention to what may very well become the future we all fear rather than the one we believe can never occur.  Read on >

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