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  • 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 >
  • 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 >
  • Heart surgeon PROFESSOR STEPHEN WESTABY has worked for 35 years to save ailing hearts and, in many cases, give his patients a second chance at life. In his new memoir, Fragile Lives, Westaby recounts remarkable and poignant cases, such as the baby who had suffered multiple heart attacks before reaching six months of age. We asked him to tell us a bit about his life as a surgeon. Read on >
  • FIONA CAPP is the internationally published, award-winning author of three works of non-fiction, including her memoir That Oceanic Feeling – which won the Kibble Award – and five novels, including Gotland, which was shortlisted for the 2014 Queensland Literary Awards. Fiona lives in Melbourne and works as a freelance writer and reviewer. Her latest novel, To Know My Crime, is a story of blackmail, risk, corruption, guilt and consequences set on the Mornington Peninsula. We asked Fiona to tell us about the books that have shaped her view of the world. Read on >
  • Best known to TV audiences as Goliath fromthequiz show The Chase, MATT PARKINSON was also one half of the Empty Pockets comedy duo. He cleaned up as a champion on Sale of the Century in the 1990s and since then he has served as the brains trust on ABC TV’s The Einstein Factor. We asked this big man (he’s nearly two metres tall) with a big brain about the books that have made him the brainiac that he is.  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 >
  • Communicating the most exciting new developments in science to non-scientific readers can be a challenge. But Know This: Today’s most interesting and important scientific ideas, discoveries, and developments, takes up the challenge and lets dozens of eminent scientists tell us what they think are the most interesting recent developments in science. Here are two extracts from the book. 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 >
  • Recent research has revealed the astonishing capabilities of dogs. We know that they can help vision- impaired people, but they can also sniff out cancer and even help to locate missing people. CAT WARREN in What the Dog Knows recounts how she adopted an unruly German shepherd puppy, Solo, who is eventually trained to locate human corpses. 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 >
  • 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

  • It’s about the differences and clashes between secular and religious life, the law and morality, in a multicultural Australia. An enjoyable read.  Read on >

  • My Heart is a Little Wild Thing is a tenderly written book about love, the choices we make in our lives, and where those choices lead. Read on >

  • This enticed me to keep reading to find out what was going on and kept me turning the pages, making it hard to put down. A wonderful debut.  Read on >

  • This is a story of love and connection – and what happens when for various reasons, such as trauma, abuse, lies or lack of communication, that connection is lost or you feel unworthy of love. Read on >

  • This is the perfect book to read curled up in bed with tissues to dab at the tears of joy and sadness. Maybe even while it’s cold and wet outside, just to make it feel a little more English. Read on >

  • Other Houses is populated with rich, believable characters which had me engaged in their struggle and hoping they could overcome, what at times, seem insurmountable and dangerous odds.  Read on >

  • This is an aggressively heteronormative community – there’s no safe place for an adolescent like Mungo Hamilton to question his own sexuality. Read on >

  • The narrator is distraught in finding that the day’s date is their ex-lover’s birthday. It’s also four years since his death. JJ hadn’t seen their lover for six years but feels impelled to write of their time together. Read on >

  • At the beach, Elena and her doll go missing. The girl is found but not her doll; Leda has taken it. Elena is distraught for days. Leda sees the hurt she’s caused but keeps the doll. It doesn’t end well. Read on >

  • This is a road trip novel in the Australian gothic style, following the time-honoured trope of the child missing in the bush. Read on >

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