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REVIEW Everybody’s Fool

October 20, 2017
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REVIEW Everybody’s Fool

A decade after Nobody’s Fool, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Russo’s returns to the same characters for a new novel: Everybody’s Fool. Set in the not-so-salubrious American town of North Bath and taking place over a weekend, this new novel has all the heart, grittiness and quirkiness of the first book. The good-hearted but stroppy...

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REVIEW Word Ghost

March 16, 2017
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REVIEW Word Ghost

Rebecca Budde is nearly 16, the middle of three daughters belonging to a C of E vicar, John, and his wife, Ruth. Rebecca’s life is turned upside down when her father transfers parishes to a small, hidden away country village. She takes it the hardest, having to leave her home town, her friends and,...

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REVIEW Coal Creek

October 20, 2016
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REVIEW Coal Creek

027672 Write about what you know about is a long held maxim – and so Australian author Alex Miller has. As a younger man he spent time in the Queensland highlands working as a stockman. He conjures up a time and place and brings it to life: hard, hot and dry, low scrub and...

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Inspiration top of ill teacher’s list

January 7, 2016
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Inspiration top of ill teacher’s list

The Priority List, by David Menasche (Allen & Unwin, RRP $35): The word “inspirational” is often bandied about when it comes to biographies of the famous and wealthy, but this story of a teacher who simply wanted to carry on doing what he loved best is one of the few times “inspirational” is the...

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Return to the manor a treat

November 15, 2015
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Return to the manor a treat

Dog Gone, Back Soon, by Nick Trout (Allen & Unwin, RRP $37): I’m not entirely sure how it happened, but I missed the buzz over author Nick Trout’s earlier novels. The biggest buzz of all has been about 2013’s The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs. I eventually managed to catch up on that particular wee gem while I was on holiday in Aussie...

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Compelling case for the defence

August 24, 2015
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Compelling case for the defence

Who Killed Scott Guy? The case that gripped a nation, by Mike White (Allen & Unwin, RRP $37): It’s an interesting title because while journalist Mike White doesn’t offer any facts or opinions about who did kill Scott Guy, he presents an abundance of evidence about who didn’t. White investigated the 2010 murder of Feilding...

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Not-so-gentle coming-of-age story

August 15, 2015
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Not-so-gentle coming-of-age story

Snake Bite, by Christie Thompson (Allen & Unwin, RRP $30): Jez is 17, bored in a downtrodden Canberra suburb, and coming to realise she’s in love with her best friend, Lukey. It’s summertime and Jez has little to do but hang out, get high and argue with her mum. She takes it for granted that...

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Gangland killings a shock

July 20, 2015
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Gangland killings a shock

The Bassett Road Machine-Gun Murders, by Scott Bainbridge ($37 Allen & Unwin): This book was published to mark the 50th anniversary of a shocking crime that drew a line in New Zealand’s criminal history and heralded a more sinister era. Set against a backdrop of six o’clock closings, a Chicago-style underworld, bent cops, prostitution...

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Plenty of smooth action in Aussie thriller

July 2, 2015
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Plenty of smooth action in Aussie thriller

Marble Bar by Robert Schofield (Allen & Unwin, RRP $37): Gareth Ford is working long hours in the iron ore industry in Western Australia. He is a solo parent with plans for improving his future. But then his past starts to catch up. When Gareth’s housemate is found dead, the local police discover that...

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Cracking good read

June 10, 2015
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Cracking good read

The Gods of Guilt, by Michael Connelly (Allen & Unwin, RRP $37): This was my first encounter with the very popular “legal-thriller” genre and so I had no reference point against which to compare it. After reading The Gods of Guilt, I doubt that it will be my last encounter. The main character is...

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