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Category Archives: Australian

What Bird Is That? A Guide to the Birds of Australia

It’s funny to think this book was printed in the year of the great Emu War of 1932 (no, really).

November 1, 2017 · 1 Comment

Talking To My Country

Grant is an approachable, fluent and engaging writer and, as such, this is not only a book every Australian should read, but crucially, and accessible text that most Australians can read.

May 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

My Brilliant Career

‘The less a person thinks and inquires regarding the why and the wherefore and the justice of things, when dragging along through life, the happier it is for him, and doubly, trebly so, for her.’

May 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

Monkey Grip

Monkey Grip may just change your long-held disbelief in Australian literature.

February 4, 2017 · 1 Comment

The Feel of Steel

The intensely personal nature of Garner’s accounts is refreshing in a memoir where facts, chronological order and ‘life narratives’ so often get in the way.

January 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

After Love

Jaireth has the unique skill of being able to capture the blissful melancholy that nineteenth century Russian authors provoke while writing twenty-first century India, Australia and Italy.

November 3, 2016 · Leave a comment

Everywhere I Look

Charlotte held my gaze in the way one book-lover holds the gaze of another and said: ‘I think you would really like this.’

September 1, 2016 · 3 Comments

The Getting of Wisdom

Wikipedia describes this piece as ‘childrens literature.’ In my opinion, it is anything but. Richardson cleverly conveys the sentiments and underlying gender issues of the era through the eyes of an innocent. An ideal portrayal of 1900s Melbourne where observation and not opinion create a fascinating time capsule for the contemporary reader.

October 8, 2015 · 1 Comment

Picnic at Hanging Rock

A surprising number of human beings are without purpose, though it is probable that they are performing some function unknown to themselves.

September 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Bitterbynde Trilogy

I desperately want this trilogy to be turned into a Hollywood blockbuster. But then I don’t. Cecilia Dart-Thornton’s tale of high fantasy has so many turns, so much detail – … Continue reading

July 2, 2015 · 1 Comment

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