October 2023

Memoir/Biography

My Grandfather’s Clock by Graeme Davison

Reviewed by Patricia Simms-Reeve The much admired historian, Emeritus Professor of History at Monash University, Graeme Davison, when bequeathed a 200 year old grandfather clock from his great-aunt Cissie, was inspired to research his family. The warmth with which he pursued his mission is obvious and his delving into Scottish, Industrial English and early  Australian

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Non-Fiction

Nazaré by Matt Majendie

Reviewed by Clare Brook When it comes to extreme sports there are those who dare, and willing to die daring, such is their addiction to adrenalin, and those of us who are mesmerised by such audacious deeds.  Of all the extreme sports there is none more spectacular than big-wave surfing. Witnessing someone ride down an

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General Fiction

Lola in the Mirror by Trent Dalton

Reviewed by Rod McLary Trent Dalton is one of Australia’s favourite authors.  His first novel Boy Swallows Universe was a huge success; and was followed by All Our Shimmering Skies.  Both novels contain more than a touch of magic realism but are grounded by aggression and violence both implicit and explicit.  No reader could easily

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Crime/Mystery

The Seven by Chris Hammer

Reviewed by Rod McLary Chris Hammer is one of Australia’s finest crime writers.  His first novel Scrublands won the prestigious UK Crime Writers Association John Creasy Award for a debut novel in 2019; and was shortlisted for other awards in Australia and the United States.  This book The Seven is the third in a series

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History

Australia’s Most Infamous Criminals by Graham Seal

Reviewed by Norrie Sanders Any country whose first colonists were predominantly criminals should be an excellent breeding place for crime stories.   Graham Seal’s latest compilation in his “Great” series is proof positive that Australia has sired generations of inventive felons for whom nothing is sacrosanct. The book commences with a chapter on crimes of the

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Non-Fiction

Abortion Care is Health Care by Barbara Baird

Reviewed by Norrie Sanders Barbara Baird has published extensively on the history of abortion, and this book came about because:  “..while I knew a lot about the law, the politics and how we think about the issue, I knew very little about the provision of abortion services” [p1]. She seems to be posing a question

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Young Adult

Borderland by Graham Akhurst

Reviewed by Rod McLary This new novel by Aboriginal writer and academic from the Kokomini of northern Queensland Graham Akhurst is a genre-bending tour-de-force which is certain to fully engage the demographic [older teenagers] for whom it is written and many others as well. The central protagonist is Jonathan Lane [usually called Jono] who is

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Crime/Mystery

Payback in Death by J.D. Robb

Reviewed by Wendy Lipke Nora Robert’s fans, especially those who follow her In Death series under the name of J. D. Robb will enjoy her latest story, Payback in Death. In this story, the well-known characters play their usual role in bringing the perpetrator to account. However, the characters who maintain the focus in this

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