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SHAWNA CORONADO says that changing old health habits is as easy as taking that first step. Importantly that includes improving the health of your garden. Her new book No-waste Organic Gardening: Eco-friendly solutions to improve any garden is packed full of tips and ideas to make your garden a healthier place for you, the plants and the wildlife who frequent it. Do you have annoying aphids or mouldy mildew? Then put on your garden gloves and pick up your clippers as Shawna has the right solution.
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Archive Discoveries

  • 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 >
  • Australian film director BRUCE BERESFORD (Driving Miss Daisy, Paradise Road) and film producer SUE MILLIKEN (Black Robe and Sirens) have collaborated on several films over their long careers. Their new book, There’s a Fax from Bruce: Edited correspondence between Bruce Beresford & Sue Milliken 1989- 1996, collects the communications – full of industry gossip, news and thoughts on books and films – from a pre-email era between these two filmmaking luminaries. They tell us here about the books that have influenced them. 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 >
  • 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 >
  • ANGUS DALTON meets British historian, journalist and author L S HILTON as she publicises the most hotly anticipated thriller of 2016, Maestra. Read on >
  • Paul Mitchell is a poet, short story writer, and now a novelist with the release of We. Are. Family. Read on to find out about Paul's poetry, writing, and the way he explores family trauma and masculinity in Australia.  Read on >
  • While researching for a non-fiction book about the botanical history of some of the world’s most popular alcoholic drinks, US author Amy Stewart stumbled across a gin smuggler’s altercation with a officious woman named Constance Kopp. This discovery catalysed her historical crime-fiction series based around Constance and her two sisters, set in New Jersey in 1915. As the second instalment in the series, Lady Cop Makes Trouble, is released, Angus Dalton finds out more. Read on >
  • It’s 100 years since
 Roald Dahl’s birth on 13 September 1916. For many years now, 13 September has been celebrated as Roald Dahl Day.  I love all of Roald Dahl’s books. I love the naughty antics his characters get up to in so many of his stories. I love reading about the fascinating life he led – especially his wartime flying exploits – and I really loved how he made the nasty grandmother in George’s Marvellous Medicine just go ‘pop’ and disappear. I think we all have someone in our life we’d like that to happen to occasionally. If you are yet to read his memoirs – Boy and Going Solo – I can’t recommend them highly enough. 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 >
  • Australian novelist NICOLA MORIARTY is the youngest of six siblings, two of whom – Jacyln and Liane – are also accomplished novelists. Her latest novel, The Fifth Letter, examines the relationships of a group of friends after a letter-writing dare uncovers a festering cache of secrets andr esentment. ANGUS DALTON reports. Read on >
  • Meet the author who won the ABIA General Fiction Book of the Year 2015, and find out about her latest title, The Art of Keeping Secrets. Read on >

Book Reviews in this issue

  • This is an essential motif in the narrative. Darug words frequent the story. This is both wonderful and distracting. Every waibala reader should know Indigenous words, but taking the time to understand each word can disrupt the flow of the narrative. Don’t be put off by this, or that the depiction of waibala actions can make for uncomfortable reading. Swallow any misgivings and persist, because the need to know this colonial Australian history can’t be overstated. Read on >

  • Every day across Australia and around the world news broadcasts include reports of accidents and emergencies, often evoking an morbid curiosity among viewers. Fast-paced and fascinating, graphic yet never gratuitously so, The Application of Pressure is a perceptive examination of frontline emergency services, a homage to those individuals whose dedication and skills save lives every day, and a sensitive reflection on the restorative powers of friendship. Read on >

  • What’s Left of Me Is Yours is a commendable debut by Stephanie Scott. Set in Tokyo, the novel provides an in-depth look into the social and judicial workings of Japanese society in the 1990s. Scott carefully curates a world with immense nuance, integrating Japanese culture meticulously. While I thoroughly enjoyed her novel, I did find the running theme slightly unconvincing. Throughout her novel she explores the idea of whether love can justify acts of deceit, however I felt did not align with the tone of the ending. A beautifully written and executed novel. Read on >

  • Throughout our lives, we all have choices to make. Taryn Cornick made a bad choice. All of the characters, from either side of the reality curtain are forced to make choices. Faustian bargains are made. Only by disparate characters working together might satisfactory outcomes eventuate. This is a monster of a book on many levels, and outstanding … Absolutely outstanding. Read on >

  • This is a very entertaining novel, and quite the bodice ripper, but it is well done and, although it takes many liberties as many historical novels do, it feels a realistic narrative of Catherine’s entirely unlikely rise to power. She must have been quite some woman! Read on >

  • This is a simple story, full of the delights of mountain living, as well as its hardships. There is simple affection between the people, pleasure in preparing food from what they have grown and raised, and a pride in keeping yards and houses spotless. The village and its people may be ageing and dying, but there is more than a glimmer of hope for the future. Read on >

  • Love after Love starts with an act of domestic violence against Trinidadian Betty and her son, Solo. Betty’s husband dies shortly afterwards, falling down the stairs while drunk, saving the small family from further indignities. To help with the cost of living, Betty takes in a lodger, a man who states he will only stay a short while but ends up staying forever. Read on >

  • After ‘discovering’ what is now known as Botany Bay in 1770, Captain Cook and the Endeavour made an emergency stop on Guugu Yimidhirr land in far-north Queensland. On a Barbarous Coast tells a different story of what occurred there - a story where the balance of power between owner and invader is switched. With the 250th anniversary of Cook’s landing, this book is a great way to get an alternate perspective on the event. Read on >

  • Richard Ford is justifiably renowned for both his short and long-form fiction. This book has nine short stories of varying length, none of which is titled Sorry For Your Trouble. He might be apologising to his characters for their plight. Don’t think he’s apologising to his potential readers. That would be ridiculous. Reading Ford, in any length, is an unparalleled joy. Read on >

  • The Switch is a classic feel-good story. Although a little far-fetched at times, it had me laughing and smiling along with it. Set against the backdrop of Leena’s sister’s death from cancer, it has enough seriousness to feel raw and real, which had me tearing up but that is balanced by fun and light-heartedness. The Switch is a heart-warming, funny, romantic and a perfect distraction. Read on >

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