June 2022

Crime/Mystery

Sparring Partners by John Grisham

Reviewed by Ian Lipke If there is any writer who knows how to show the warts on the legal profession, it would be John Grisham. A household word in conveying yarns about clever legal practitioners, Grisham has, of recent years, told stories called A Time for Mercy, The Reckoning and Sooley. Each of these placed

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General Fiction

Nightwork by Nora Roberts

Reviewed by Ian Lipke If ever a writer had a fertile and creative mind that writer would have to be Nora Roberts. Since as recent as 2014 this writer has investigated scenarios of considerable difference. In 2014 she entertained us with a house-sitter who enjoys looking after the homes of the glamorous while their owners

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ABIA Awards 2022

The winners of the 2022 Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) have been announced. Diana Reid’s debut novel Love & Virtue took out the overall ABIA book of the year as well as literary fiction book of the year. Written in 2020 just after Reid graduated university, the campus novel follows the relationship between two young women at

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Memoir/Biography

Bedtime Story by Chloe Hooper

Reviewed by Patricia Simms-Reeve So many superlatives have been attached to Chloe Hooper’s work and her latest titled Bedtime Story is no exception, having already attracted many accolades.  In it, she considers, in range and depth, the problem she faced in preparing her two sons, the elder particularly, for the imminent death of their father, Don. Chloe

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General Fiction

The Candy House by Jennifer Egan

Reviewed by Clare Brook In her latest novel, The Candy House, Jennifer Egan explores ways in which the internet and social media has, and might, change us and our experience of life, both individually and socially. The Candy House provides readers with many perspectives from the point of view of a large cast of characters,

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History

Remembering Bishop Hale edited by Jane Lydon

Reviewed by Richard Tutin The rediscovery of diaries of Bishop Mathew Hale for the period 1858-1868 in 2015 prompted the holding of a forum in Perth in 2018. The forum, through the lens of the diaries, focused on the period of Hale’s service and ministry as Bishop of Perth which at that time was a

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History

The Shortest History of India by John Zubrzycki

Reviewed by Richard Tutin India, with its long history and diverse cultural and religious life, has been an enduring source of fascination and wonder for people over many centuries. John Zubrzycki has taken up the challenge of encapsulating this history into a book of less than three hundred pages. Many authors and academics would blanch

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Business/Finance

On Your Own Two Feet by Helen Baker

Reviewed by Norrie Sanders Financial adviser Helen Baker’s latest book is billed as “The Essential Guide to Financial Independence for all Women”. That sets a pretty high bar but, with some reservations, she manages to jump it. The first challenge is to whittle down a huge range of possible topics, while still appealing to a

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Author Event – Matthew Spencer

Come to Riverbend Books at Bulimba on Monday 27th June at 6.30pm to hear Matthew Spencer speak about his stunning new crime novel, Black River. Black River: A long, burning summer in Sydney. A young woman found murdered in the deserted grounds of an elite boarding school. A serial killer preying on victims along the banks

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