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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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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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Nuts and Bolts by Roma Agrawal

Reviewed by Richard Tutin Have you ever wondered, as you do your current DIY project, about how nails were made? The same question could be asked about screws and string that we often use but don’t think about how they came to be part of our arsenal to make things or do running repairs. Award

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Jack Gibson’s Fur Coat by Glen Humphries

Reviewed by Richard Tutin Rugby League legend, the late Jack Gibson, possessed a large overcoat made of kangaroo fur. He wore it to many a football match and then it mysteriously disappeared, its whereabouts unknown. For the purposes of this book Glen Humphries has used the legend of the missing coat as a starter to

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History

Idiots, Follies and Misadventures by Mikey Robins

Reviewed by Richard Tutin We often forget that recorded history has many dimensions. While many complain that they have only be taught or shown one side of historical events – usually that of the winners – it doesn’t take long before other stories begin to emerge. Some of these other stories are very serious and

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Bathurst: 60 Years of the Great Race by Steve Normoyle

Reviewed by Richard Tutin  Every year the hills around Bathurst in country New South Wales come alive to the sound of revving engines – lots of revving engines. The city’s famous Mt Panorama race circuit holds various events – some of which are eagerly anticipated by motor racing fans from all over Australia and the

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The Good Death Through Time by Caitlin Mahar

Reviewed by Richard Tutin All humans know that at some point we will die and no longer walk this earth. This does not mean that we go around ready to embrace it. It is more the opposite. We spend a lot of time trying to avoid it as much as possible. Then comes the time

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Powering Up by Alan Finkel

Reviewed by Norrie Sanders Energy is a hot topic and the world is moving so fast that most of us can’t keep up. Our news feeds are crammed with battery technology, electric vehicle sales graphs, fuel cells and even different colours of  hydrogen, but how do we know which ones will rule the future? We

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Trump’s Australia by Bruce Wolpe

Reviewed by E. B. Heath I am not a fan of dystopian literature, but the title implied the genre:  Trump’s Australia.  I stared at the book’s cover: the outline of that head, with its yellow hair and orange face, and the map of Australia for a mouth.  Non-fiction Noir.  How might another Trump Presidency, a

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On The Ashes by Gideon Haigh

Reviewed by Gerard Healy Gideon Haigh could theoretically open the batting for Australian cricket writers and the bowling for the English cohort, he’s that good. He’s also a very versatile writer full stop. In this collection of writings about the cricket tests between Australia and England starting in 1882, he covers an eclectic range of

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Blurb Your Enthuiasm by Louise Willder

Reviewed by Richard Tutin Looking for a new book to read is not easy. Within our favourite genres, there is so much choice. How can we decide before forking out our hard-earned cash and then find that our choice wasn’t as inspired as we thought it was? The answer lies in in a paragraph or

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Formula One Down Under: Australian Grand Prix History

Reviewed by Richard Tutin It’s always interesting when a governing sports body calls its prize event a circus. It can mean one of two things. They may be referring to the event’s peripatetic nature as it travels the world through the year, or it could refer to the behind-the-scenes dramas and semi-dramas that assist the

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Crickonomics by Stefan Szymanski and Tim Wigmore

Reviewed by Richard Tutin I don’t think Australian cricket lovers have really come to grips with the depth and diversity of the modern form of the game. Though they are familiar with the traditional cycle of tests, one day internationals and now T20, they may not be aware of how many countries field teams and

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Greatest Moments in Australian Sport by Mark Beretta

Reviewed by Richard Tutin Australians love their sport. Television and streaming networks pay big money to get the rights to broadcast all forms of sport from cricket and football through to car racing and the summer and winter Olympics. Some networks specialise their focus on one or two different formats. Others such as the Seven

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Wildlife in the Balance by Simon Mustoe

Reviewed by E. B. Heath Animals aren’t commodities; they are the sole mechanism that delivers human life support.  Conservation can’t succeed until we’ve had this conversation, until everyone learns this. In The Foreword to Wildlife in the Balance, Ian Redmond OBE, Ambassador to the UN Convention on Conservation, writes:  Wildlife in the Balance is perhaps

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