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‘Bluebottle’: family and mystery

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Reviewed by Linda Funnell BELINDA CASTLES NAVIGATES the dark undercurrents of a family in her new novel. Bluebottles are common on Australian beaches, their attractive hue concealing the painful poison within. Belinda Castles’ new novel (she previously won the Vogel for The River Baptists and published a historical novel, Hannah and Emil, in 2012)

The Dogs that Made Australia

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THE DOGS THAT Made Australia is a meticulously well researched book by NSW author and dog behaviourist Guy Hull. Published by Harper Collins, it traces the role of dogs in Australia’s nation building. Some of the dog-assisted endeavours described are misguided long-term failures such as the development of kangaroo dog breeds

Dark Emu: pre-colonial Aboriginal society

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Australia should be proud but few learn this in school. “IT IS EXCITING to revisit the words of the first Europeans to ‘witness’ the pre-colonial Aboriginal economy. In Dark Emu, my aim is to give rise to the possibility of an alternative view of pre-colonial Aboriginal society”, Bruce Pascoe writes in

Ten of Australia’s best literary comics

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WITH NEWS THAT the Man Booker Prize long list includes a graphic novel for the first time, the spotlight is on comics as a literary form. That’s a welcome development; the comic is one of the oldest kinds of storytelling we have and a powerful artform. Right now, the Australian comics

From testosterone to dogs, and physics for babies

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Five fascinating books from 2017 By George Aranda, Deakin University. IN MY MILD-MANNERED persona as an academic in science education, I teach and research ways that science can be better taught in Australia and globally. But every year I also explore the world of science books. I scope what’s new and interesting for

Oceans: Science and Solutions for Australia

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BOOK REVIEW by Nick Goldie. I love a sunburnt country – and its oceans too Australia (surprisingly) is a maritime nation. We have the third largest marine area of responsibility in the world, almost twice the area of our ‘ragged mountain ranges and sweeping plains’. We have maritime territories in three oceans

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