February 2019

The Change Makers by Shaun Carney

Reviewed by Wendy Lipke The Change Makers by Shaun Carney contains words of wisdom from twenty-five of Australia’s successful leaders in their field. They are quite diverse, thirteen are women and twelve men. They are heads of various organisations ranging from sport to education and charity ventures. There is a detective Chief Inspector, Chief executive

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Griffith Review 63 Writing the Country Edited by Ashley Hay

Reviewed by E. B. Heath Griffith Review 63: writing country – a compilation of essays, memoir, reportage, fiction, poem, and a photo essay of eight images – presents differing perspectives on the connection between people and place. The contributors are writing from a range of disciplines: science, politics, history, a lived experience, or fictionalised accounts.

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The Extraordinary Life of Malala Yousafzai By Hiba Noor Khan & The Extraordinary Life of Michelle Obama by Dr. Sheila Kanani

Reviewed by Clare Brook Penguin Random House have initiated a series for young readers, seven years and upward, profiling the extraordinary lives of people famous for their outstanding leadership and ability.   This is a refreshing counterpoint to the cult of celebrity that surrounds children today. So far the lives of Stephen Hawking, (reviewed on this

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The Haven by Simon Lelic

    Reviewed by Antonella Townsend Personally, I think Charles Dickens would be chuffed to read how his 1837 novel, Oliver Twist, has been re-imagined by Simon Lelic in The Haven. Much has changed in the intervening years. Dickens’ long descriptions of place and the poor orphan have become a fast-paced thriller, very hard to

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Calm the F**k Down by Sarah Knight

Reviewed by Dr Kathleen Huxley Sarah Knight, the New York Times best-selling author, who is described by The Observer as ‘The anti-guru’ describes this book as ‘the friend who instead of reassuring you that ‘everything is going to be okay’, actually shows you how to make it so’. Commenting on the title of the book

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A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult

Reviewed by Angela Marie ‘Joy shook her head. ” Do you think I wanted this? Do you think anyone wakes up and says, I think I’ll get an abortion this morning? This is the last stop. This is the place you go when you run through all the scenarios…But that doesn’t mean I won’t think

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