Family secret unleashes punishment

February 1, 2016
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Family secret unleashes punishment

The Son, by Jo Nesbo (Random House, RRP $38): Set in sunny summertime Oslo, a prison-cell confession to a fellow inmate reveals a hidden secret about his father and spirals Sonny Lofthaus’ life out of control. For years Sonny had been taking punishment as a professional scapegoat. Now this revelation has unleashed a need...

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Revelations rocked newspaper industry

January 23, 2016
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Revelations rocked newspaper industry

Hack Attack: How the Truth Caught Up with Rupert Murdoch, by Nick Davies (Chatto & Windus, RRP $40): While the 2011 News International phone-hacking scandal might not have been the huge news here that it was in the northern hemisphere, there’s no doubting the fact that what happened has had a global impact. The...

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Fairy-tale life that turned sad

January 17, 2016
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Fairy-tale life that turned sad

Empty Mansions, by Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell Jr (Atlantic Books, RRP $40): It’s human nature that we have a fascination with the lives of the rich and famous, but sometimes the lives of the incredibly wealthy are also incredibly sad. Reclusive heiress Huguette Clark died in 2011 at the age of 104....

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Laver a tennis great

January 12, 2016
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Laver a tennis great

Rod Laver: A Memoir, by Larry Writer with Rod Laver (Pan Macmillan Australia) Who would dare question tennis icon Roger Federer’s assessment of the greatest players of the sport in his time? Federer’s plumping for Laver as “the greatest champion our sport has known” will be widely accepted wherever the game is played. Federer, after...

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Patterson provides good holiday reading

January 10, 2016
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Patterson provides good holiday reading

Gone, by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge (Century, RRP $37): James Patterson is always a good option for holiday reading and the sixth novel in the best-selling Michael Bennett crime thriller series is – as always – easy to read and packed with action. No surprises there I suppose: Patterson might turn out a...

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