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Summer reading: more books, different style

Summer reading, childrens The chatterbox cat, Brolly Books, 2016 Reviewer revealed below Welcome to The Chatterbox Cat, number nine of Robyn Goodwin’s Backyard Tales. These are books for the very young and they really entertain kids from round about two years of age. Wait a minute, how old is the person writing this piece?

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

Theatre review: Getting ready for ‘Sunset’ at The Q

Pauline Richards sits in on a musical rehearsal and tells us the plot Last Sunday, with less than two weeks until the opening night of the musical Sunset Boulevard at the Q Theatre in Queanbeyan, the considerable creative energy of the musicians, actors and production members at their first combined cast

Film Reviews: ‘Felony’ and ‘Magic in the Moonlight’

with Judy Thompson Moral dilemma and Woody Allen’s latest Felony is an Australian film written by Joel Edgerton starring Joel Edgerton as the main character Malcolm. The film opens as Malcolm, a young family man and committed police officer is shot during a tense but successful drug bust. His bulletproof vest saves him. After

Book Review: The Sixth Extinction, An Unnatural History

The Sixth Extinction, An Unnatural History By Elizabeth Kolbert. Bloomsbury 2014. [spacer style="1" icon="none"] As humans change the planet – a superb work and tragic tale Reviewed by Pauline Richards. THE SIXTH Extinction is a remarkable achievement, a finely written and enthralling read. Elizabeth Kolbert traces a single, current extinction event in the context of the