April 2019

The artist’s portrait by Julie Keys

Reviewed by Wendy Lipke Julie Keys’s book the artist’s portrait is one of the strangest books I have read in a long time. Perhaps the best way to describe how I initially felt about this book is to take a sentence from a letter in the book. ‘Your letter of the 12th reached us a

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Fled by Meg Keneally

Reviewed by Wendy Lipke The novel Fled is based on the true story of a convict, Mary Bryant, sent to Australia with the First Fleet, who with her two children and a small group of convict men flee Sydney Cove by commandeering a small boat and taking on a perilous journey to Koepang (Timor). Here

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A Dream of Italy by Nicky Pellegrino

Reviewed by Wendy Lipke The novel A Dream of Italy, by Nicky Pellegrino, begins with a young Italian man, returning to his roots in a dilapidated medieval town with its narrow streets, fresh mountain air and views across the valley below. When he becomes mayor of Montenello, his goal is to restore the place to

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The French Photographer by Natasha Lester

Reviewed by Ian Lipke This is a compelling story based on a real Vogue model who became a photojournalist during World War II. This story traces the real woman’s escapades in France with a totally fictional account of a woman in modern day times struggling to understand the relationship that appears to have existed between

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JB Chifley: an Ardent Internationalist by Julie Suares

  Reviewed by Ian Lipke “Mr Menzies, the Prime Minister, announced that his parliamentary colleague, an honourable opponent, the man who loved his neighbour better than he loved himself, the whimsical philosopher, the man who rose without favour or patronage to the Prime Ministership and he was never far from God, had died suddenly” (7).

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