Issue 27

GETTING OFF THE BOOZE IN A BOOZE-OBSESSED CULTURE

2023-10-16T10:00:12+11:0016 October 2023|Categories: Books, Review|Tags: |

LAST DRINKS: HOW TO DRINK LESS AND BE YOUR BEST By Maz Compton, John Wiley & Sons, 2023 ISBN 9781394184231 RRP $32.95 (PB) Reviewed by Ross Fitzgerald   Many Australians now realise that our booze-obsessed culture is extremely destructive. The murder, mayhem, individual, societal and family destruction that alcohol abuse leaves in its wake is, if you’ll [...]

GRAFTON EVEREST ON TOP OF THE (UNITED NATIONS) WORLD

2023-10-16T09:57:57+11:0016 October 2023|Categories: Books, Review|Tags: |

PANDEMONIUM By Ross Fitzgerald and Ian McFadyen Hybrid Publishers: Melbourne ISBN - 9781922768131 RRP: $32.99 Reviewed by Ken Spillman   The late Barry Humphries knew a thing or two about creating memorable characters. It’s notable, then, that the front cover of Ross Fitzgerald and Ian McFadyen’s latest collaboration, Pandemonium, quotes Humphries’ view that “Grafton Everest [...]

HOW SEARCHING FOR A WIFE REVEALED MUCH LOST ABOUT HER FAMOUS HUSBAND

2023-10-16T09:55:43+11:0016 October 2023|Categories: Books, Review|Tags: |

WIFEDOM – MRS ORWELL’S INVISIBLE LIFE By Anna Funder Hamish Hamilton 2023 ISBN: 978 9 14378 711 2 RRP: $36.99 (PB) Reviewed by Anne Henderson   From the time some ancient scribbler put the words of the Book of Genesis together, a woman, or the female of the human species, has been known as man’s [...]

 SYDNEY – A BIOGRAPHY

2023-10-16T09:53:09+11:0016 October 2023|Categories: Books, Review|Tags: |

 SYDNEY – A BIOGRAPHY By Louis Nowra NewSouth 2022 ISBN: 9781742235929 RRP: $39.99 (PB) Reviewed by Anne Henderson     The biography of a major global city such as Sydney is a monumental task. How to make it manageable, readable and accessible is the question. Louis Nowra, acclaimed playwright and author, gets it right before [...]

THE SECRET WAR OF JOSEPHINE BAKER

2023-10-16T09:50:48+11:0016 October 2023|Categories: Books, Review|Tags: |

THE FLAME OF RESISTANCE. AMERICAN BEAUTY. FRENCH HERO. BRITISH SPY – THE UNTOLD STORY OF JOSEPHINE BAKER’S SECRET WAR By Damien Lewis Quercus 2022 ISBN: 978 9 152941 675 6 RRP: $32.99 (PB) Reviewed by Anne Henderson   The tragic events from mid-1940, with the fall of France to Nazi Germany, and the conflict that [...]

ONE WOMAN’S QUEST TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

2023-10-16T09:47:39+11:0016 October 2023|Categories: Books, Review|Tags: |

RESTLESS DOLLY MAUNDER By Kate Grenville Text Publishing 2023 ISBN: 9781922790330 RRP: $45 (HB) Reviewed by Anne Henderson     Dolly Maunder’s mistake, according to her grand daughter and literary creator Kate Grenville, was to be born in 1880 and as a woman who was clever and a bit ambitious. As such, she would face [...]

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