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Is the President a Russian spy?

Book review It’s 1980, and the Cold War is at its worst. There’s a belief that if the Americans pull out of Europe, Soviet forces will be at the English Channel within weeks. At the heart of the matter, the loyalty of the President of the United States is compromised. This is

2 Books Review by Nick Goldie

When political ‘centre’ is on the right, how far to find equality? Listen Liberal by Thomas Frank Scribe, 2016.   American political commentator Thomas Frank describes himself as having a deep pink political tinge. His new book Listen, Liberal is a scathing attack, not on the US Republicans as you might expect, but on the Democratic

The Braidwood saga of poor Junie

Worth Fighting For, Mary-Anne O’Connor Harlequin Mira, 2016. Just like the girl in the song, she was poor but she was honest, victim of a rich man’s game. Sagas, especially historical family sagas, are not my first choice of reading matter, but I did find myself wanting to know what happens next to

Book reviews

A day at the footie From the Outer, Ed. Nicole Hayes and Alicia Sometimes, (Black Inc 2016) Some of the best writing, and certainly some of the best photography, is hidden away on the sports pages. Hidden away, that is, if you are not a sports fan. If you are a sports

Insects: local heroes and local villains

Book Review by Nick Goldie Returning from a fire near Berridale, we noticed a line of dead gum trees along a boulder ridge. “It was the drought,” said the Captain. “Dieback”, said one of the crew. “There’s been a fire through there,” I asserted. Next day, Insects of South-Eastern Australia arrived in

Age should not wither them

Book Review by Nick Goldie Dear Life, Karen Hitchcock, Black Inc 2016 Readers of The Monthly will be familiar with the medical column written by Doctor Karen Hitchcock: wry, spare, hard-hitting. Her new book Dear Life is all of these and more. Dr Hitchcock has firm opinions about most things medical, and backs

Summer reading

12 of the best Australian books of 2105 A retrospective look by book reviewer Nick Goldie who writes: “twelve of the dozens of books which crossed my desk last year, all from smaller Australian publishers, and all worth reading.” Wild Boys, Helena Pastor, UQP. First time is learning, the second time is

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