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BEN SANDERS’ latest thriller, The Devils You Know, sees the Auckland author introduce Vincent, a book-loving ex-Special Forces operative keen to put down his weapons. gr caught up with Ben for the latest intel.
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  • The 1970s and 80s saw DAVE WARNER lead two influential punk-rock bands. His demanding musician’s lifestyle left little time for writing anything but his next single. Nowadays Dave is a full-time screenwriter, novelist and playwright, but he still takes to the stage every so often for a good old-fashioned rock-out. ANGUS DALTON finds out more about Dave’s life and his latest crime novel, Before It Breaks. Read on >
  • 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 >
  • 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 >
  • For some women, bad men cast an irresistibly magnetic spell. Melbourne-based author LAURA ELIZABETH WOOLLETT examines this often fatal attraction in  The Love of a Bad Man, a collection of 12 stories based on the lives of real women who sought the love of criminals. In this extract from ‘Eva’, the author imagines the post-coital thoughts of Eva Braun, who met Adolf Hitler when she was 17. Read on >
  • American author and hairdresser DEBORAH RODRIGUEZ lived in the Afghan capital of Kabul for five years, and in that time she founded her own beauty salon and coffee shop. On her return to the US, she wrote a bestselling novel based on the bustling cafe, and now she’s taking us back to Afghanistan in Return to the Little Coffee Shop of Kabul. ANGUS DALTON reports. Read on >
  • Aristotle said that metaphor consists in giving a thing a name that belongs to something else. Shakespeare used metaphor when he wrote ‘All the world’s a stage’, drawing parallels between the planet and a theatrical performance space so that we might more easily understand what the world is like. Metaphors, by likening one thing to another, help us to understand things, or aspects of them, that might otherwise be difficult to comprehend. In Metaphors Be With You, DR MARDY GROTHE takes a historical look at how metaphors have been used to understand a huge range of topics, from adversity, beauty and curiosity through to love, war and vanity. 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 >
  • If you set out to write a thriller, you’re going to have to do some research. And while your story will be fiction, you’ll probably uncover more than a few fascinating real-world facts, as Australian thriller author L A LARKIN discovered while researching for her latest novel, Devour. Read on >
  • The Sound, the second book from novelist SARAH DRUMMOND, is set around Western Australia’s King George
Sound. Based on a true story, the novel tells of Wiremu Heke, a Maori man from across the Tasman who sails from Tasmania to WA in 1825 on a mission of vengeance. We asked Sarah to tell us about Wiremu and about The Sound. 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 >
  • Church attendance has been plummeting for decades, yet enrolments for church-based schools are soaring. Nearly all non-churchgoers say that they like having a church in their suburb – although they never go inside it. Leading social researcher HUGH MACKAY takes a look at our contradictory attitudes to religion in his new book, Beyond Belief. In this article, Hugh recounts a part of his own spiritual journey and how he came to write the book. Read on >

Book Reviews in this issue

  • My favourite part of the novel is the wonderful characters that Maguire has written. Read on >

  • His characters Stevie Fracasso (former rock star) and his younger brother, Rick McLennan (music journalist) leap off the page and burrow their way into the reader’s consciousness. Read on >

  • This is powerful writing.  Read on >

  • Baxter provides an informative and perceptive account of the kink subculture and highlights that while in the right setting it can be empowering for some, the culture’s lack of regulation is a source of much contention. Read on >

  • Taylor, a Nyoongar elder in Western Australia renowned as a poet and storyteller, recalls his childhood at the New Norcia Mission, north of Perth, in the 1950–60 period. This autobiography ranges from angry and accusatory to thoughtful and sardonic. Read on >

  • For anyone with the slightest interest in Australian literature, this book gives a wonderfully insightful glimpse behind the curtains of our publishing industry.  Read on >

  • Truth-Telling is a sophisticated argument for why non-Indigenous Australia should be interested in a treaty with the first nations. In making the argument Reynolds reminds us of the many uncomfortable truths about how we got to where we are.  Read on >

  • A Secret Australia is collection of essays, primarily by journalists and lawyers which forcefully plead the case for Julian Assange being a man most grievously wronged. Assange’s fate remains unclear. Read A Secret Australia and you won’t be indifferent to what that fate is. Read on >

  • I highly recommend Wonderscape. Once I picked the book up, I could not put it down. And it’s a great read for anyone in love with history. Read on >

  • Chasing the McCubbin is about searching for the thing of high value among the lesser things. Perhaps it’s found in friendship and the sense of belonging. It’s worth following the emotional, inspiring chase with Ron and Joseph.    Read on >

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