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If animals could speak, would we understand them?

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TURIN, ONCE BRIEFLY the capital of Italy, is famous today for its coffee, delectable hazelnut chocolate, Fiat cars, Juventus FC and the architectural wonder, the Mole Antonelliana. It also happens to be the city of a reportedly epiphanic moment in the life of multi-faceted German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. On January 3

‘Bluebottle’: family and mystery


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


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

Kitchen Goddesses refound


Exploring two amazing lives The lives and works of Elizabeth David and MFK Fisher are revisited by Nick Goldie. Nick’s interest in both good eating and food writing resides in his daily life extended to reviewing. He was the former presenter of the radio series ‘Nick’s Kitchen’ on ABC radio. Now

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