January 2017

Neil Perry's Good Cooking

Reviewed by Jill Neil Perry has a firm commitment to fresh, local food, and innovative methods.  His philosophy is seasonal eating, a balanced diet, eyes wide open to international influences and the opportunities for creative food.  His approach is direct, and this latest book  Neil Perry’s Good Cooking reflects his style. It offers a good

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Songs of a War Boy by Deng Thiak Adut

Reviewed by Ian Lipke Deng Thiak Adut is a remarkable man. His biography lays it all out before us as though, by committing it to paper, he will finds a means of coping with his elder brother’s death.  It is a complex story that unfolds at several levels. Deng was six years old when he

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Old Scores by David Whish-Wilson

Reviewed by Ian Lipke When I picked up a copy of Old Scores and read the story of former detective Frank Swann I did not have to be told that the story was set in the early 1980s. I just had to keep reminding myself that this story belongs to Western Australia, not my home

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The Whip Hand by Mihaela Nicolescu and Nadine Browne

Reviewed by Ian Lipke A really good collection of short stories is a rarity these days. It takes a whole host of skills to do the job properly – the selection of just the right word, the sentence that encapsulates exactly what the writer wanted to say, the discipline that never eases because parameters have

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Delicious Every Day by Anna Gare

Reviewed by Eve McCormack Anna Gare’s personality shines through in this book – friendly, relaxed and with a fun sense of humour. She understands that the everyday cook has a lot of other things to juggle besides providing themselves and their families with nourishing, healthy, easy to prepare meals. Indeed, the cover sums up her

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