June 2019

The Snapshot Killer by Duncan McNab

Reviewed by E. B. Heath The take home message from Duncan McNab’s The Snapshot Killer might be that a give-them-the-benefit-of-the-doubt attitude towards first time sexual offenders by the judiciary could result in the death of many women.    Christopher Wilder was charged with rape in his teens. He received only a good behaviour bond and

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Trevor Noah: Born a Crime [adapted for young readers] by Trevor Noah

Reviewed by Antonella Townsend Trevor Noah was born into a truckload of disadvantage that will be beyond the imagination of most of his readers.  His auto-biography, It’s Trevor Noah: Born a Crime, Stories from a South African Childhood, (adapted for young readers) applies intelligent analysis of Noah’s early life in South Africa, chronicling a personal

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The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri

Reviewed by Wendy Lipke At a time when so many people are being dispossessed of their homes through war and starvation and are moving in search of a safe haven, it is timely that a novel foregrounding the refugee’s perspective is brought to public notice. One can understand that countries close their borders when the

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A Stolen Life: The Bruce Trevorrow Case by Antonio Buti

Reviewed by Rod McLary On 11 May 1995, the then Labor Federal Government announced that the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission would conduct an inquiry into and report on the history and effects of the forced separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families.  In the subsequent report, entitled Bringing Them

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Fish Song by Caitlin Maling

Reviewed by Ian Lipke Caitlin Maling is an experienced poet with several publications to her record. Fish Song is her third book of verse. Her affinity with ordinary Australians is captured by her dedication to her husband with a sly dig at him in a parlance every ordinary bloke would understand immediately: To Greg –

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The Catalpa Rescue by Peter FitzSimons

Reviewed by Norrie Sanders Throughout Irish history, brave people have fought to rid their land of invaders.  Over many centuries, Vikings, Normans and several English monarchs tried and failed to control Ireland. But liberty for the inhabitants was ephemeral and ultimately the rising might of the British Empire prevailed. By 1800, any semblance of Irish

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When Giants Walked the Earth: 50 Years of Led Zeppelin by Mick Wall

Reviewed by Angela Marie  ” …one other that clearly signposted exactly where Jimmy Page intended to go next in his career – with or without The Yardbirds. It was called ‘Happenings Ten Years Time Ago’ and it was a monumental piece of work. Released … in October 1966, months before first albums by Cream, Jimi

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Boot written by Shane Hegarty and illustrated by Ben Mantle

Reviewed by Angela Marie This morning I sat on a train reading a novel written for children. At times I was smiling, at times moved. Always engaged. The novel was BOOT and as the cover tells us Boot is a small robot on a big adventure. The reader immediately realises our hero is not human.

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The Other Mother by Matthew Green

Reviewed by Rod McLary Michael is fourteen and he has misplaced his mother.  Or – more accurately – his mother has been replaced by the eponymous ‘other mother’.  He doesn’t really understand how he knows she has been replaced except that everything about the other mother seems a ‘little off’ such as her smile being

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Recursion by Blake Crouch

Reviewed by Gerard Healy An interesting story of memory manipulation that had me engaged initially but became more confusing as the characters time-travelled back and forth down various memory trails. Reading it was like a hike in the woods that gradually lead into a maze of blind alleys. The story centres on two main characters

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Love Song by Sasha Wasley

Reviewed by Wendy Lipke Love Song is the third book in the Daughters of the Outback series by Sasha Wasley and the film rights to all three novels have just been sold. Soon readers will be able to view Willow, Free and Beth on the screen amid the beautiful Australian landscape. The earlier books in

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