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Archive Discoveries

  • 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 >
  • Writer MIKE LUCAS and illustrator JENNIFER HARRISON tell gr about Olivia’s Voice, a new picture book about a deaf girl. Read on >
  • Most of Lonely Planet’s publications can fit snugly at the bottom of a backpack, but The Travel Book is a volume best left at home on the coffee table to inspire adventures.  Read on >
  • When she’s not training her inquisitorial blowtorch on politicians and other people who have questions to answer, ABC reporter and presenter SARAH FERGUSON loves to delve into a book. Her new book, The Killing Season Uncut, recounts the behind-the-scenes tales of the television program about the tumultuous Rudd–Gillard years. We asked the multi-award winning Four Corners reporter to tell us about the books that have influenced her. Read on >
  • gr highlights cookbooks to buy for the discerning foodies in your life. Read on >
  • Kentucky-based writer KAYLA RAE WHITAKER tells gr about her debut novel, The Animators, which follows the turbulent creative partnership between two indie animators in New York City. 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 >
  • Teachers of writing classes often tell their students ‘show, don’t tell’. But showing – which means providing vivid description so that readers can clearly imagine what is being represented – depends to a large extent on memory and an alertness to the present moment. Writer and memoir instructor PATTI MILLER, author of Ransacking Paris, shows here how you can draw on sensory memory to enhance your writing. Read on >
  • A Melbourne woman proud of her 7000-year-old Persian heritage shines a light on family violence in a memoir covering three generations. SOHILA ZANJANI, author of Scattered Pearls, speaks with JENNIFER SOMERVILLE. Read on >
  • Perth crime writer David Whish-Wilson reveals how the history of organised crime in WA and his many encounters with criminals, from teaching writing to inmates to meeting biker gangs, has influenced his novels.  Read on >
  • Born in London, retired doctor TONY ATKINSON spent the first years of his life in a cage dangling out of a window. But he went on to serve the Queen and Winston Churchill during his early career as a footman and waiter, which he recalls in hilarious stories in he memoir, A Prescribed Life. Read on >

Book Reviews in this issue

  • There’s an unstated metaphor underlying this, open for your interpretation. I had no idea how the book might end … but I had to know. The plot is wild; the writing is superb. Strap yourself in.  Read on >

  • The author’s own extensive travels colour the way she describes her settings, from bleak Alaska to tropical Hawaii and the high country of New Zealand’s South Island. It’s a circle that seems never-ending.  Read on >

  • It pays its dues to the original, but is an immensely powerful story in its own right.  Read on >

  • Vic, Joan’s married lover, shoots himself in front of her while she has dinner with the man who replaced him. Read on >

  • This entertaining book, set in 1970s Sydney, is a lovely examination of female friendship, against the backdrop of rapid social and political change in Australian society.  While the ending felt rushed, this is a fun and easy read.  Read on >

  • Read – and reread – this to cherish the cosmic joy in the everyday.  Read on >

  •  Younger and older readers alike will appreciate the wisdom and courage shared by the Riva family in their dramatic, challenging relationships.  Read on >

  • The narratives in this book are powerful and in light of the ongoing disenfranchisement of our First Nations peoples, it’s incredibly vital that we listen and engage with their stories and voices.  Read on >

  • A worthwhile addition to the deluge of novels about the era.  Read on >

  • Fans of Australian stories will love the strong Aussie ambience that permeates the book. I am a big fan of Tim Winton and I think the greatest praise I can give this debut is that it has a Winton feel about it Read on >

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