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gr's resident book and film buff Clive Hodges reviews Cruella, a prequel to One Hundred and One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith.

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Archive Discoveries

  • 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 >
  • 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 >
  • A young woman named edie channels the dead through her work with the shady Elysian Society in a dytopian first novel from SARA FLANNERY MURPHY. The Oklahoma-based author tells EMMA STUBLEY about her encounters with ghosts and Greek mythology and how they influened The Possessions. Read on >
  • Former pop-punk rocker LEN VLAHOS tells Good Reading about his new YA novel, Life in a Fishbowl, and how Marcus Zusak inspired him to write from the perspective of a brain tumour. Read on >
  • The stories of SUSAN PERABO have been likened to the work of George Saunders and Raymond Carver. Her latest novel, The Fall of Lisa Bellow, kicks off when school student Meredith is kidnapped together with her nemesis, Lisa Bellow. Meredith is set free – but Lisa remains. We asked Susan to tell us about short stories versus novels, her love of baseball and writing advice she has received. Read on >
  • The nose is a wonderful thing. A new study has found that the human nose can distinguish between at least one trillion different smells. I love nothing more than sticking my nose inside a blooming rose as I walk Baxter along the street. But I also have a passionate hatred of the choking diesel fumes disgorged from nearby cruise ships. So even though I may be able to detect over a trillion odours, there are many of them I don’t want to smell! Kate Grenville’s new book, The Case against Fragrance, has had me pondering the aromas, the scents and odours that enter my nose – whether I want them to or not. In 2015 Kate started to get frequent headaches and other signs of ill health and, strangely, they seemed to get worse when she was on tour to promote her latest book.After some effort to isolate the cause, she discovered that it was perfumes or other fragrances that were the culprits. She felt debilitated. She loved to meet her readers but was bombarded with fragrances in crowded rooms. She was compelled to find out what it was about perfumes that could be causing her these health problems. She opened a can of worms. Read on >
  • This first foray into crime fiction by Australian author Melina Marchetta, best known for her award-winning fiction for young adults, is a cracking read.   Read on >
  • Following on from her two-million-selling historical novel Orphan Train, CHRISTINA BAKER KLINE has delved into the backstory of a famous painting by Andrew Wyeth to write her new novel, A Piece of the World. ANGUS DALTON talks with the author.  Read on >
  • Most of us think of Australia as a sunny land filled with straightforward, open and candid people. But in ANNA ROMER’s version of the country, it’s a place filled with secrets and people who will do anything to keep them concealed. She talks with ALEX HENDERSON about her new book, Beyond the Orchard, Victoria’s haunted Otway Coast and the power of fear. Read on >
  • Australian historical novelist Pamela Hart tells us about her latest novel, A Letter From Italy, and Australia's first female war correspondent.  Read on >
  • 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 >

Book Reviews in this issue

  • The narrator of this novel is a dead girl talking to the reader in the second person. She tells you that a mistake has been made, false impressions of her told. Then she tells you her story, the truth, and I thoroughly recommend that you sit back and let her. Read on >

  • There is an underlying current of darkness that flows beneath this novel, slowly with each chapter, rising closer to the surface. A wonderful novel, beautifully written. Read on >

  • Highly recommended.  Read on >

  • I found some of the stories in this collection engrossing and unique, however there were also some I found disturbing. As a Murakami fan myself, I have followed many of his works and will continue to do so.  Read on >

  • The intertwining stories of the two teenagers are well told, and each character is believable and of their time. Their growing love story is both poignant and beautiful, set amid the decay of war and all its horrors. This is well written and researched novel and is gut-wrenchingly sad. Have the tissues ready. Read on >

  • This is a really interesting and moving novel that deals with themes surrounding, gender, sexuality, culture and love, which I think makes it an ideal novel for a younger demographic. Papillon is a beautiful writer, and the imagery and mythology she references throughout the novel, really helped create a strong sense of place and culture.  Read on >

  • Lovebirds bubbles along with plenty of action and snappy dialogue giving insights into the heartbreak and joys of family life as they struggle with issues of cultural differences, post-traumatic stresses, and failures in the youth justice system.  Read on >

  • I’m pretty sure that Pulitzer Prize winner Jhumpa Lahiri’s latest book, Whereabouts, will polarise readers. Some will adore the simplicity and elegance of capturing life’s tiny moments. Read on >

  • Whether by accident or design, this book’s timing is perfect. It takes a well-fashioned battering ram to the weakening walls of a perpetuated patriarchy.  Read on >

  • The title, Maxwell’s Demon, refers to a thought experiment about information influencing matter that forms the basis for debates about everything from thermodynamics to free will. There’s no denying what a brilliant writer Hall is.  Read on >

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