December 2021

History

The Ottomans: Khans, Caesars and Caliphs by Marc David Baer

Reviewed by Norrie Sanders What did the Ottomans ever do for us? Best known for harems, sieges of Vienna and Armenian genocide, their history has largely come to us through a European lens. A lens that has often reduced the Ottoman Empire to a series of clichés and myths that fail to acknowledge the intricacies

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Children

What Do You Do To Celebrate? by Ashleigh Barton

Reviewed by Gerard Healy Another delightful children’s book from Ashleigh Barton and Martina Heiduczek, who previously collaborated on What Do You Call Your Grandpa? (2020) and What Do You Call Your Grandma? (2021). This latest book follows the same pattern, with a double-page spread for each topic, that is made up of a clever rhyming

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General Fiction

The Long Weekend by Fiona Palmer

Reviewed by Wendy Lipke Many writers use the framework of several complete strangers coming together in a particular location for their stories. During their stay the reader becomes privy to some of their innermost fears and incidents which have been weighing them down. In her latest book, The Long Weekend, Fiona Palmer chooses to use

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