Reviews

Non-Fiction

The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World by Bettany Hughes

Reviewed by Wendy Lipke Professor Bettany Hughes OBE FSA is an award-winning historian, author, and broadcaster, who has devoted the last 25 years to the vibrant communication of the past. Her speciality is ancient and mediaeval history and culture. Her published books cover classical antiquity and myth. In recognition of her contribution to research, she

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Memoir/Biography

Don’t Dream It’s Over by Jeff Apter

Reviewed by Richard Tutin I often wonder as I listen to a piece of music or a song on the radio about its backstory. Why was it written? What was the inspiration behind it? I also am interested in those who sing the song and provide the musical backing. What drew them into the music

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General Fiction

Greater City Shadows by Laurie Steed

Reviewed by Rod McLary William Boyd – an English author and an excellent short story writer – once said [in A Short History of the Short Story in Prospect 17 April 2018]: [a short story] seem[s] to answer something very deep in our nature as if, for the duration of its telling, something special has

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General Fiction

Darkness Runs Deep by Claire McNeel

Reviewed by Wendy Lipke Claire McNeel is a fifth-generation football supporter who believes that women belong in the action not just on the sidelines. A former registered nurse and researcher, with a PhD in Neuroscience, she was a finalist for Best Screenplay at the Byron Bay International Film Festival, and this screenplay formed the basis

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Crime/Mystery

The Silence in Her Eyes by Armando Lucas Correa

Reviewed by Rod McLary Leah is twenty-eight and for the past twenty years – since a childhood accident at age eight – she has suffered from akinestopsia.  This is a rare condition affecting the brain and consequently sufferers are unable to detect motion even though they can see perfectly well.  Moving objects appear much as

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General Fiction

Someone Else’s Bucket List by Amy T. Matthews

Reviewed by Wendy Lipke This story by Amy T. Matthews takes the reader into the mayhem of social media. This is a new world for some readers and although it seems very artificial and invasive at times this story shows how all this hoopla can be used to achieve good if one is strong enough

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Crime/Mystery

The Beacon by P. A. Thomas

Reviewed by Rod McLary The Beacon is the debut novel of P. A. Thomas and what a debut it is.  Set in Byron Bay with a cast of colourful – and some not-so-colourful – characters, it is an exciting read from beginning to end. Jack Harris – son of Malcolm Harris the all-powerful owner of

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Children

Your Brain is a Lump of Goo by Idan Ben-Barak

Reviewed by Wendy Lipke This brightly coloured hard covered 26cm square children’s book, is produced by writer of science books for children, Idan Ben-Barak and Christopher Nielsen, Australian children author and illustrator. In 2018 Nielsen’s first picture book saw him shortlisted for the CBCA Crichton Award for best new illustrator, and in 2022 his book

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General Fiction

Peppercorn House by Nicole Hurley-Moore

Reviewed by Wendy Lipke Peppercorn House is the title of the latest novel by Nicole Hurley-Moore. Out of curiosity I looked up this name and discovered that there is indeed a “Peppercorn House” at 13 Hawthorn Street Northcote which was built around 1910. This house bridges the gap between Victorian and Edwardian architecture, combining the

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Non-Fiction

The Immortals of Australian Surfing by Phil Jarratt

Reviewed by Richard Tutin Catching a wave from a point or beach along the Australian coastline is a favourite pastime for many Australians. For those in the elite ranks of the sport it is the source of their livelihood though even if they weren’t paid they would still be out and about looking for the

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General Fiction

Things She Would Have Said Herself by Catherine Therese

Reviewed by E B Heath Poppycock, I most definitely am my thoughts, Leslie countered silently, as one by one her truths blazed. And what’s more, the whole world would ignite if it knew what women were really thinking. Wallace and Lesley Bird are exhausting.  According to their daughter Caroline, they are bigots, bogons and racists. 

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Non-Fiction

How Not to Age by Michael Greger MD

Reviewed by E.B. Heath Dr. Michael Greger’s latest book – How Not to Age – provides readers with trustworthy scientific research on how to get healthier as you age. Wild unsubstantiated claims are used to promote anti-aging products, often sponsored by vested interests producing skewed results. It is very hard for the general public to

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History

Fake Heroes by Otto English

Reviewed by Richard Tutin  History is fickle. Not only is it fickle, it is notoriously selective. It has been said that only the victors get to write it and that is largely true. Otto English has given us a provocative book. The stories he tells about ten characters from the pages of history may or

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General Fiction

The Blue Gum Camp by Léonie Kelsall

Reviewed by Wendy Lipke I love Léonie Kelsall’s writing style. She provides a very human narrative while at the same time highlights the beauty of the flora and fauna of her beloved South Australia. Through her tales the reader becomes privy to historical and geological facts that blend naturally into the flow of the story.

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General Fiction

The Porcelain Maker by Sarah Freethy

Reviewed by Wendy Lipke Sarah Freethy worked as a television producer, script consultant and screenwriter before turning her hand to fiction with her first novel, The Porcelain Maker. Although this work is a story of fiction, many of the things written about did really happen and have been well documented. The Allach Porcelain and the

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