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Weather: A Force of Nature is a collection of some of the most breathtaking images from Weather Photographer of the Year, the annual competition held by THE ROYAL METEOROLOGICAL SOCIETY. Each image in the book has been selected by a panel of meteorologists, photographers and photo editors who look for a combination of skilful camera work and meteorological observation. It includes six essays addressing various aspects of climate change, not least its impact on extreme weather. The images are not only fascinating but also often thought provoking.

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Archive Discoveries

  • 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 >
  • 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 >
  • 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 an officious woman named Constance Kopp. This discovery catalysed her historical crime-fiction series, set in New Jersey in 1915, based on Constance and her two sisters. As the second instalment in the series, Lady Cop Makes Trouble, is released, ANGUS DALTON finds out more. Read on >
  • This book might have the word ‘tax’ in its title, but don’t let that dreary term fool you. The Great Multinational Tax Rort tells the intriguing tale of how, for decades, multinational corporations have been slithering out of their obligations to pay their fair share of tax, leaving governments with shrinking funds to pay for essential services for their citizens. In this extract, MARTIN FEIL, also the author of The Failure of Free-Market Economics, outlines some of the techniques these business behemoths use to cunningly avoid paying tax – leaving us all the poorer. 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 >
  • 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 >
  • 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 >
  • 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 >
  • RITU MENON loves to travel and she loves to sample the local fare of the places her journeys take her to.Her new book, Loitering with Intent: Diary of a happy traveller, is derived from over a decade of travel journal writing. Here she recounts how she came to write the book and recalls a couple of fabulous Italian feasts. 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 >
  • 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

  • This intelligently crafted, thought-provoking novel should be slowly savoured, to fully appreciate the intricacy and brilliance of Yanagihara’s visionary storytelling. Read on >

  • A World with No Shore is a deserved award-winning novel that leaves you with a profound sense of grief, longing and loss, but more significantly, love, dedication, and an adventurous spirit.  Read on >

  • It is a fascinating insight into a time and world now long gone, and an engaging read as a result.  Read on >

  • The story is mostly told from Tookie’s perspective, with humour, empathy and dawning insight. Erdrich’s writing is captivating and the resulting novel is utterly magnificent.  Read on >

  • Regarded by some critics as the world’s greatest storyteller, Allende does not disappoint in this sprawling novel covering the recollections of one woman’s 100 years. Read on >

  • How High We Go in the Dark ends with a real twist. Lovers of science-fiction will enjoy this novel.  Read on >

  • If you’re a Paige Toon fan, you already know the treat that’s ahead. If you’re not, I urge you to read this. You’ll be hooked!  Read on >

  • I can definitely recommend this book for fans of the series, but it isn’t one that can just be picked up by a new reader. If you haven’t read this series, and enjoy a book with history, adventure, romance and action, it is well worth going back and starting with Outlander.  Read on >

  • It made me weep but not because it is sad but because it is so simply and beautifully written with the artwork oozing love and friendship on every page.  Read on >

  • This is the story of failed marriages, renewed friendship and the unravelling of past family secrets. Olive Kitteridge and Lucy Barton are two of the most memorable female characters in contemporary fiction. Strout’s skills are unsurpassed.  Read on >

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