Memoir/Biography

Memoir/Biography

Great Australian Places by Graham Seal

Reviewed by Wendy Lipke Great Australian Places contains funny, curious and downright astonishing stories from across a big country, so the cover of this book tells me. The cover also depicts travelling in the outback from a time mid last century and has the original Australian lifesaver superimposed on the scene. Inside the book can

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Dreamer by Dami Im

Reviewed by Wendy Lipke Told in the first person, this book covers the life of a young Korean girl who came to Australia for her education and ended up a singing sensation. Eight pages of photographs divide the book into two sections. The first part highlights her life before she reached the grand final of

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The Wonder of Little Things by Vince Copley

Reviewed by Wendy Lipke The Wonder of Little Things is the life story of Ngadjuri Elder, Vince Copley, who in his 85 years helped make life a little better for First Nations people. At the urging of his wife, Brenda, he embarked on this writing with the help of Irish-Australian Lea McInerney who also grew

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Tim Faulkner’s Aussie Ark by Tim Faulkner

Reviewed by Norrie Sanders Tim Faulkner is one of those blokes in the green gear who mesmerises kids with his stories about Australian wildlife, while demonstrating how to milk a venomous snake or grab an enraged croc.  He channels decades of similar characters – from Harry Butler to Steve Irwin and Ranger Stacey – who

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Banjo Paterson by Alistair Campbell

Reviewed by Wendy Lipke This 29×26 cm hard covered book with dust jacket is a life in pictures and words from the Banjo Paterson Family Archive. All types of personal memorabilia have been brought together for the first time by Banjo’s great-grandson, and sole executor of the poet’s literary estate, Alistair Campbell, with intimate commentary

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Solito by Javier Zamora

Reviewed by Patricia Simms-Reeve From the very beginning, the poor yet colourful way of life in nine-year-old Javier’s village in El Salvador paints a vivid picture. Yet he longs to escape to Los Angeles to reunite with his mother and father, whom he hasn’t seen for years, merely spoken on the phone. They had travelled

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The Naturalist by Brendan Atkins

Reviewed by Ian Lipke The Naturalist tells the story of Allan Riverstone McCulloch, who worked for the Australian Museum across the decades leading to 1925. McCulloch was immensely talented. He was scientifically able, demonstrated artistic talents way above the ordinary, and possessed organisational skills that were a credit to his department. He wore the badge

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Muster Dogs by Aticia Grey

Reviewed by Claire Brook First time author, Aticia Grey, writes an account of her life on the land, learning how to train Australian Kelpies under the tutelage of Neil McDonald.  Aticia and her dog Gossip Girl appeared in the ABC television programme, Muster Dogs, in 2020. Along with four other farming families, Aticia took on

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Sex, Drugs and a Buddhist Monk by Luke Kennedy

Reviewed by Antonella Townsend Like a sponge, a child soaks up other people’s realities.  The blank canvass of life is painted on by another’s brush. (p. 257) The front cover and title, Sex, Drugs and a Buddhist Monk, along with a run-on sub title: A stepping stone towards a silent mind, really does give the

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Living in Hope by Frank Byrne

Reviewed by Ian Lipke Bruce Pascoe reminds Frank Byrne’s readers that “this is a very strong story of survival. A tragic reminder of the harshness and unfairness of the mission era but also the toughness and determination of our people”; while Jo Dutton writes that “Frank Byrne was a gentleman in every sense. He spoke softly

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Agatha Christie by Lucy Worsley

Reviewed by Ian Lipke Lucy Worsley has recently produced a biography of the writer, Agatha Christie, in which she shows unequivocally that the world in which her subject was born in 1890 had rules that defined what women could and could not do. Christie’s world, for example, frowned severely on women who had the temerity

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The Greatest Escape by Neil Churches

Reviewed by Norrie Sanders What if your father told many tales of the Second World War, but somehow the real story was elusive, with three obscure years?  What if he was sworn to secrecy, but you are intensely curious about the events that took place in those malignant times?  This was the dilemma facing Neil

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The All-Rounder by Dan Christian with Gideon Haigh

Reviewed by Richard Tutin What sets this book by international cricketer Dan Christian apart from the many cricketing books that are currently available? Surely the sport, like many other codes, has been well covered while every retiring cricketer seems to produce a memoir or autobiography soon after the conclusion of their playing career. The main

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Old Rage by Sheila Hancock

Reviewed by Gail McDonald Sheila Hancock is one of Britain’s most highly regarded and popular actors. Sheila received a Damehood for services to drama and charity in 2021; and only following the death of her husband John Thaw in 2002 took up writing.  A memoir of their marriage The Two of Us was a number

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