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FALASTIN is a love letter to Palestine, the land and its people; an evocative collection of over 110 unforgettable recipes and stories from the co-authors of Jerusalem and Ottolenghi: The Cookbook, and Ottolenghi SIMPLE.

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Archive Discoveries

  • 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 >
  • Heart surgeon PROFESSOR STEPHEN WESTABY has worked for 35 years to save ailing hearts and, in many cases, give his patients a second chance at life. In his new memoir, Fragile Lives, Westaby recounts remarkable and poignant cases, such as the baby who had suffered multiple heart attacks before reaching six months of age. We asked him to tell us a bit about his life as a surgeon. Read on >
  • From an investigation into the scandals of the Catholic Church by Tom Keneally to Jeffrey Archer’s thrilling last instalment in the ‘Clifton Chronicles’ series or a tale of a shrewd female locksmith in the time of Queen Elizabeth I, these books will delight you over the long, languid days of summer. Read on >
  • We chat to aspiring astronaut and sci-fi writer S J Kincaid on haunted graveyards, Star Trek, and her new YA galactic thriller, The Diabolic.  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 >
  • 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 >
  • For many of us, the streets of London or New York are more familiar
than the towns and settlements of the remote north and centre of our own country. But non-Indigenous artist and writer KIM MAHOOD, who spent many years of her childhood on a cattle station amid Indigenous lands, knows these parts of Australia well. In her new book, Position Doubtful, she recounts
 her frequent journeys from her home in Wamboin, near Canberra, back to Indigenous communities in NT and WA. We caught up with Kim in Alice Springs just as she was preparing to head out on a 1000 km road trip. 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 >
  • SABRINA HAHN has been WA’s go-to dispenser of green-thumb advice to radio listeners for more than 20 years. Now, in Sabrina’s Dirty Deeds, she shows you what to do in your garden and when to do it. In this extract she outlines how to encourage good predatory insects. Read on >
  • Australian author of literary and crime fiction DOROTHY JOHNSTON writes about the real-life kidnapping of a camel, coming home to Victoria’s Bellarine Peninsula, and how she came to write Through a Camel’s Eye. 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 >

Book Reviews in this issue

  • Fans will be delighted by another cracking read by bestselling author Paige Toon. This is the first book I’ve read by Toon but it won’t be the last. Read on >

  • Erika, as a young child, is on an enormous yacht in open ocean off Hong Kong, with her cruel, dismissive mother, Michiko, who is flirting with several drunk men. Michiko is living the high life she dreamed about as a teenager in Tokyo after watching glamorous American movies. Erika’s search for belonging and for peace with her mother is a compelling and stimulating read with a dramatic, unpredictable ending. Read on >

  • There’s a story within a story as well, as her former publisher (also long-dead, but don’t ask!) has sent her a novella proposed for publication, which features a modern woman volunteering at Edith’s old home, The Mount in Massachusetts, then visiting Italy in Edith’s footsteps. A most unusual story, if a little slow to establish itself, but worth the effort. Read on >

  • Jo Lennan’s collection of short stories, In the Time of Foxes, could be just the thing to read to soothe any longings for travel you may be developing under the restrictions of global pandemic. They are all exotic enough to distract, in situations ripe with connection. Read on >

  • While this picture book can be used with young children from about three years of age, the illustrations and text impart quite a bit of information about the surface of the moon and how it compares to the earth. This also makes it very useful in an educational setting as well as at home. Read on >

  • My wish is that many children will enjoy these stories and maybe, when off to High School, will already have a love and understanding of Dickens as I did with William Shakespeare. Read on >

  • If you are a lover of poetry then this is the book for you. Sabrina Mahfouz takes us on a journey around our planet, from the highest mountains to the deepest sea. She begins with poems about the simple pleasure of enjoying the sunshine like ‘Leisure’ by William Henry Davies which you may remember (depending on your age) from your childhood. Read on >

  • This is a lovely gentle story about two friends: a little black beetle and a rather loveable red caterpillar. Every day they share a picnic on a large rock and every night they watch the moon come up over the forest. But one morning the little red caterpillar is nowhere to be seen. Our little black beetle has lost his friend. Read on >

  • Gargantis is the second book in the ‘Thomas Taylor’ trilogy. It follows the courageous adventures of Herbie Lemon and Violet Parma to get to the bottom of the town’s many myths and legends. Read on >

  • Michael Rosen’s Clever Cakes is a delightful little book that will entertain the reader with a few chuckles along the way. The amusing stories have the flavour of traditional fairytales but with a modern twist.  Read on >

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