September 2019

An Interview with Joy Rhoades – author of The Burnt Country

An interview by Rod McLary on behalf of the Queensland Reviewers Collective You are an Australian with a deep connection to western New South Wales and Queensland through your grandmother and your own early life in Roma.  You have described your grandmother as a ‘gentle teller of stories’.  Are both your books [The Woolgrower’s Companion

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The Burnt Country by Joy Rhoades

Reviewed by Rod McLary The title of this new book may well be a nod to Dorothea Mackellar’s ‘I love a sunburnt country’.  There is certainly much that the book and the poem share – not the least of which is both authors’ love of the western country.  But in the novel, the country is

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Wild by Nathan Besser

Reviewed by Ian Lipke When we write about London society in the early eighteenth century it is important to realise that owning land was the main form of wealth, and the wealthy had political power and influence. As the century opened, a rich gentry class developed with less power than the great landowners and nobility,

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Cook and Feast by Audra Morrice

Reviewed by Antonella Townsend Just when I had made a firm commitment not to get another cookbook, along came Cook and Feast by Audra Morrice.   Now, I had no prior knowledge of Ms Morrice, but I can say, without a doubt, that I will be following her work in future.  This beautiful hardback book (190

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