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In a new book by NADIRA PERSAUD, Press Here: Face Workouts for Beginners, you will find a series of easy-to-follow pressure and massage techniques which can be used in your daily facial health regime. These workouts can not only help you maintain a toned and firm facial structure but also lower stress levels and tension. Here at gr we thought we’d share an exercise that we have been practising, the simple jaw definer workout.
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Archive Discoveries

  • ARMANDO LUCAS CORREA is the Editor-in-Chief of People En Espanol,  the top-selling Hispanic magazine in the U.S. Here he writes of his personal connection to a group of Jewish refugees that departed from Hamburg, Germany in 1939 seeking refuge in Cuba. His novel The German Girl is a fictional account of the doomed voyage. Read on >
  • We talk with PATRICK HOLLAND, a longlist nominee for the 2011 Miles Franklin Award for his novel The Mary Smokes Boys, about his new novel, One, which tells the story of the real-life Kenniff brothers. These two late-19th-century Queenslanders were Australia’s last bushrangers, and vPatrick questions the extent of their supposed villainy. 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 >
  • Who would have thought that in the largely homogeneous country of China that there could be a group of people who could trace their lineage back to invading Romans? TONY GREY uncovered this intriguing bit of information while travelling in China, and here he tells how he came to write his historical novel, The Tortoise in Asia, which tells the story of Romans travelling along the Silk Road in ancient times. Read on >
  • Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre has inspired all kinds of fan fiction and adaptations, such as the 1966 prequel Wide Sargasso Sea. But in this new novel by Sydney resident JENNIFER LIVETT, the lives of Jane Eyre characters become entwined with those of real 19th-century Tasmanians, including doomed Arctic explorer Sir John Franklin. Here Jennifer tells us how she came up with the idea for Wild Island. 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 >
  • Following on from her two-million-selling historical novel Orphan Train, CHRISTINA BAKER KLINE has delved into the backstory of a famous painting by Andrew Wyeth to write her new novel, A Piece of the World. ANGUS DALTON talks with the author.  Read on >
  • GEORGIA BLAIN is a novelist and journalist who lives in Sydney. Her first novel, Closed for Winter, was adapted into movie in 2009. LEONIE DYER asked Georgia about her latest novel, Between a Wolf and a Dog. Read on >
  • The town of Sorrento in southern Italy sits high on a clff above the Tyrrhenian Sea, whose waters are sobuoyant and warm that you can doze off while floating on its surface. But as author KATE FURNIVALL found, the nearby city of Naples is steeped in a history of danger and wartime poverty. The UK author tells gr her latest novel, The Liberation, was inspired by the secret tunnels, mafia strongholds and the of child street gangs she encountered on a recent visit to the Bay of Naples. Read on >
  • RITU MENON loves to travel and she loves to sample the local fare of the places her journeys take her to.Her new book, Loitering with Intent: Diary of a happy traveller, is derived from over a decade of travel journal writing. Here she recounts how she came to write the book and recalls a couple of fabulous Italian feasts. Read on >
  • The changing moral code and shift in gender roes of World War II provide the backdrop for JENNIFER RYAN's debut novel The Chilbury Ladies' Choir. She tells MAUREEN EPPEN about the people and events that inspired the story. 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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