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IN HER FOOTSTEPS is not only a celebration of incredible women, but a travel guide to the places where they studied, lived, worked, reigned and explored. We’ll tell you where to find the secret feminist history of sites around the world. In these extracts, follow the footsteps of Beryl Markham and Jan Morris.
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Archive Discoveries

  • 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 >
  • 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 >
  • Most of Lonely Planet’s publications can fit snugly at the bottom of a backpack, but The Travel Book is a volume best left at home on the coffee table to inspire adventures.  Read on >
  • Lynda La Plante changed the face of crime fiction and television with Prime Suspect and its stoic lead character, DCI Jane Tennison. Her new series details how Tennison cut her teeth on London’s crime-ridden, gang-ruled streets in the 80s. We asked the queen of crime 10 questions ahead of her new book release, Hidden Killers. Read on >
  • Best known to TV audiences as Goliath fromthequiz show The Chase, MATT PARKINSON was also one half of the Empty Pockets comedy duo. He cleaned up as a champion on Sale of the Century in the 1990s and since then he has served as the brains trust on ABC TV’s The Einstein Factor. We asked this big man (he’s nearly two metres tall) with a big brain about the books that have made him the brainiac that he is.  Read on >
  • Read this and the ordinary world disappears,’ says Stephen King of
‘The Passage’ series. ANGUS DALTON talks with bestselling author JUSTIN CRONIN about his post-apocalyptic trilogy, the vampiric creatures he created to end humanity, and the last instalment of the series, The City of Mirrors. Read on >
  • Perth crime writer David Whish-Wilson reveals how the history of organised crime in WA and his many encounters with criminals, from teaching writing to inmates to meeting biker gangs, has influenced his novels.  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 >
  • Alison Evans is a genderqueer writer, lover of bad movies, and co-founder of the zine Concrete Queers. Here Alison tells us about her new spec-fic novel, Ida, and non-binary identities in YA fiction. Read on >
  • In her latest novel, Melbourne author JANE RAWSON adds an air of otherworldliness to the story of her ancestor who survived a 19th-century shipwreck. She talks to MAUREEN EPPEN about history, aliens and the benefits of having been a ‘hack writer’ for 25 years.  Read on >
  • The jazz era of the 1920s in America was
 filled with exuberant music, fast cars and young men and women determined to have a good time. But at the same time in working-class Far North Queensland, life wasn’t lived at quite the same level of opulence.
In a new novel, Treading Air, Queensland author ARIELLA VAN LUYN uses fiction to investigate the life of a real young woman from Townsville named Lizzie O’Dea, who shot another woman in 1924. Read on >

Book Reviews in this issue

  • Keneally has opened a window onto an aspect of Australian life. It could be suggested that, like Charles Dickens, he might be regarded as our own ‘Great Magician’ and ‘Dazzling Civiliser’ - tributes once paid to the great English writer. Read on >

  • Speechwriter and award-winning author Leah Swann’s debut novel Sheerwater is an interesting one that signals great future potential. It takes emotional subject matter – family violence and the abduction of two young children – and plays some elements out deftly and others in ways that don’t quite fulfil their promise. Read on >

  • If you love stories about Scandinavia or the 19th century, you’ll love The Bell in the Lake. Through deft and delicate prose, Mytting delivers an enchanting story of love, integrity, hardship and sorrow that is a pleasure to read. Thankfully, The Bell in the Lake is the first of a trilogy. And even better, I’ve no idea where Mytting will take this story; I’m just delighted that there’ll be more of his elegant and evocative prose coming to us soon. Read on >

  • This book is such interactive fun. Great big illustrations of all sorts of vehicles and a very happy family and their dog joining in the fun. I’m looking forward to reading it to the littlies in our family. Read on >

  • The author, Helen Milroy, a descendant of the Palyku people of the Pilbara region of Western Australia, is a born storyteller and a very talented artist. Every page is so beautifully presented with the colours of our bushland and the eyes of the animals’ faces speaking to us. Don’t miss this book as I’m sure there will be another Willy Wagtail story very soon from the Bush Mob. Read on >

  • This is a perfect picture book to share with your children. Big exuberant illustrations fill each double-page spread with lots of loud, but short, exclamations. It’s a book that can be read over and over and each time discovering something new. Read on >

  • There are so many pages in this book with so much information about these little creatures who, it seems, do a wonderful job recycling the nutrients in our soil and providing us with a healthier Earth. And every page is full of Philip Bunting’s hilarious and quirky illustrations which are such fun. After reading this book I now look at the ants in my kitchen and on the garden path in a very different way. Read on >

  • There are plenty of stories that rely on the obligatory boogers and farts, but there are also lots of others that rise above that level of humour. From funny poems, to cartoon characters; from tackling climate change to fitting in at school; there is something here for everyone. Read on >

  • Rankine’s illustrations are a lot of fun and help the story come to life. Timmy finds himself in some very awkward situations, which are highly entertaining. There’s only one problem: he’s just not likeable. When he gets into bother, the reader can’t help thinking that he deserves some of the trouble. In fact, he’s probably the cause of most of his difficulties. The most sympathetic character in the story is Lorraine, the stalker! Hopefully, in the next instalment, Timmy gains some humility and sensitivity. Read on >

  • Another riotous tale of Ancient Egypt, one that we wouldn’t find in any of the history books. It’s an entertaining and humorous story of good winning out over evil. If you enjoy a sense of the ridiculous you will certainly enjoy this zany book. Read on >

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