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  • Creativity is often thought of as a special gift bestowed on only a handful of lucky people. But as Australian novelist SUE WOOLFE points out, it’s a skill that you can cultivate. Here are five tips she used to create her latest collection of stories, Do You Love Me or What? Read on >
  • The rugged beauty of England’s Lake District looms large in the latest psychological thriller by Perth-based author SARA FOSTER. She shares her passion for the natural world and her concerns about the potential impacts of electronic media with MAUREEN EPPEN. Read on >
  • AOIFE CLIFFORD is the winner of the Scarlet Stiletto Award for one of her crime stories, but All These Perfect Strangers is her first novel. The Melbourne-based crime novelist talks with us about New Year’s resolutions, her Irish poet grandfather and the similarities between writing a novel and creating a papier-mâché puppet.  Read on >
  • As a teenager, GAYLE FORMAN was so obsessed with ‘80s movie star Molly Ringwald that she started to imitate the actress’s trademark nervous lip bite – and now she has a permanent scar. After seven bestselling YA novels and a successful movie adaption of one of her books, she talks with ANGUS DALTON about her first book for adults, Leave Me. 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 >
  • ABC journalist and science writer IAN TOWNSEND cut his teeth as a novelist in 2007 with Affection, which told the story of a plague outbreak in 1900. His next novel, The Devil’s Eye, was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Award in 2009. Now with Line of Fire, he turns his pen to narrative non-fiction to tell the story of Richard Manson, an 11-year-old boy who was accused of espionage and shot by the Japanese during World War II in New Guinea. Read on >
  • The exact percentage of people with dyslexia is unknown, but it’s estimated at between 5 and 17 per cent of the population. And many people may not even be aware that they have the condition. There’s no cure for it, but now there’s a new way to help people overcome dyslexia – and it’s as simple as using a new font. Read on >
  • He has worked as a wilderness guide, a ranch hand and a dogsled musher – and he’s also a skilled marksman. But ERIK STOREY, a lover of the great outdoors, has come in out of the wild for long enough to turn out his first novel, Nothing Short of Dying. A thriller set in the mountainous landscape of western Colorado, it features Clyde Barr, a man with a military past who is fresh out of prison. We talked with Erik recently about dealing with rejection, the lure of western Colorado and his number-one tip for surviving in the wild. Read on >
  • It’s often said that whatever happens in our childhoods resonates throughout the rest of our lives – for good or for ill. This was certainly the case for TIM ELLIOTT, who grew up with a father who suffered from bipolar disorder. TIM GRAHAM spoke to him about the lingering effects of a tumultuous childhood and his memoir ofpaternal madness, Farewell to the Father. Read on >
  • JANINE
 BURKE is an
 Australian
art historian,
author,
biographer,
photographer and
award-winning novelist.
Her latest book, Kiffy Rubbo,
which she has co-edited with Helen Hughes, collects contributions 
from leading figures in the artistic community that all focus on the dynamic figure of Kiffy Rubbo (1944-80), a pioneering curator
in Melbourne in the 1970s. We asked Janine to tell us about this new book and the books that have shaped her life. 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 >

Book Reviews in this issue

  • In 1997, Sara Morgan was brutally murdered in the woods near her college at the hands of her boyfriend, Blake Campbell. But Blake is acquitted, after being declared temporarily insane. The whole community has been impacted by the crime, many seeking justice, revenge, forgiveness, the need for complete answers or just the desire to move on. Nothing Can Hurt You is a beautiful but unnerving thriller, that goes to the heart of violence and its impacts. Read on >

  • Goldin does a good job weaving the two stories together, as Rachael covers the rape trial but is simultaneously compelled to investigate the past death of Jenny Stills. The subject matter is tough, being that of rape, which makes it an emotional read but it is a solid thriller. I was expecting the book to start off at a faster pace, but it builds as you head towards the middle and, although the ending was not unexpected, it was vivid writing and I was compelled to get to the very last page. Read on >

  • The Daddy Animal Book is all about Daddies and their babies. Every page has a daddy and one adorable little baby, and sometimes more, especially when it’s a daddy turkey or daddy goose. We probably know that a daddy goose is a gander and his baby is a gosling but did you know that a daddy turkey is a gobbler and his baby is a poult? There are lovely stories about how the Daddies protect their families. My favourite is how the Daddy Penguin balances his egg on his toes next to his tummy and away from the cold ice, while his mate goes out to look for food. This is another perfect little book for the littlies, or maybe a fun present for a dad? Read on >

  • This is a very important book about a serious subject but the author and illustrator, Thomas Mayor and Blak Douglas, have written it so simply and illustrated it so beautifully that it should speak to the hearts of all of our children. Hopefully it will find its way into the hands of every child.  Read on >

  • This is an intriguing and entertaining, magical adventure. At first, it seems the children have no possible way out of their dilemma. The spell on the house has strict rules, which make it even more difficult for them and yet they find ways to circumvent those restrictions. Children are often good at finding ways to get around the rules. Williams draws the reader into the story and makes even the most preposterous ideas seem utterly plausible. It’s a wild ride with plenty of tension and surprising twists, and with a very satisfying ending. Read on >

  • The Republic of Birds is an amazing tale of risk and adventure. I think Olga’s character is what makes this story so special, as her relationship with her father, stepmother and sister is something everyone can understand. I would specifically recommend this story to teen and pre-teen girls, or to anyone who enjoys an easy and compelling read. Read on >

  • Cultural differences can mask the fact that, beneath it all, we’re much the same. Lochie’s family’s problems aren’t because they’re Australian but because of the way they handle life. Fusillo shows us that the things that matter – the things we all need – are love, respect, understanding and compassion. Hopefully, this story will help young readers look past the things that make us different and recognise the things we share, and to see that our country is the richer for the diversity and colour that newer Australians bring. Read on >

  • That it would all end badly was fairly obvious, but the Ribbon Boys, as they called themselves, being younger than the rebel Ribbonmen of Ireland, had some fine old adventures on the way. It’s a ripping read. Read on >

  • The Space Between nails a perfect balance of being thought-provoking and enlightening as well as hilarious.  Read on >

  • The illustrator, Heidi Cooper Smith, has made Garbage Guts such an incredible beast with all sorts of rubbish making up his huge body, that you could feel a little sorry for him. It really isn’t his fault that he’s so full of rubbish as we humans keep feeding him. But, being a children’s book, there’s a happy ending, and a clever one, as a monster full of trash can always be changed into lots of different things. A fun book with an important message, and a big poster of this scary monster for the bedroom wall. Read on >

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