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On a book tour in 2015, dogged by ill health brought on by exposure to perfumes and scents, Kate Grenville started wondering: What’s in fragrance? Who tests it for safety? What does it do to people?…
Rebecca Huntley, one of Australia's most experienced social researchers, will be speaking about her book Still Lucky at the Barry O'Keefe Library in February. Still Lucky is essential reading for eve…
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I always look forward to a new book by Sebastian Barry and it is usually a couple of years wait between novels. This book was certainly worth the wait. Days Without End is his best novel since The Secret Scriptures and tells the story of Thomas McNulty who is forced to leave County Sligo Ireland as a young boy as a result…Continue
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If you haven’t read this Australian classic lately (or if you have never read it) do yourself a favor and pick up a copy. Robbery Under Arms is a fantastic piece of fiction that boils all the bushranger legends of Ned Kelly, Ben Hall, “Mad Dog” Morgan, and Captain Moonlite into one sweeping narrative. The language is a charming mixture of Dickensian and Australian English, and the pages come alive with stories that are both exciting and somewhat believable. ( I add the qualifier “somewhat”…Continue
OK, I will admit it. Often my reading habits are dictated by the television. On one hand, I generally read more when there is nothing on television, making my practice of the all important consumption of print entirely dependent on the inanity of another form of media. On the other hand, I sometimes choose to read a book solely because I enjoyed a representation of the story presented on television. This latter practice is particularly nefarious because one already has a mental image of the…Continue