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Book Review: Talking to the Dead

Book Review: Talking to the Dead

Review of crime thriller, Talking to the Dead by Harry Bingham. The novel introduces Fiona Griffiths, a young detective with a history of severe mental illness and a criminal father as she is recruited into the South Wales Major Crimes unit.

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Earth, Wind & Fire: Learning From History

Earth, Wind & Fire: Learning From History

Bride-Theft We learn a lot about ourselves when we bump into evidence that an ancestor (or anyone from the past who we might have admired) was guilty of behaviour that was abhorrent, ugly, nasty or disrespectful. She was a racist; he was part of the murderous frontier...

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Book Review: Love in Small Letters

Book Review: Love in Small Letters

Love in small letters by Francesc Miralles (Love in Small Letters is translated from Spanish by Julie Wark, Richmond, Surrey: Alma Books, 2014) Penguin published this novel about a lonely, linguistics lecturer called Samuel, as Love in Lower Case. With either title,...

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Fixing Antarctica: Order of Australia Honours for Syd

Fixing Antarctica: Order of Australia Honours for Syd

Yesterday, Sydney Kirkby was honoured with an Order of Australia medal In 1955, Syd was selected as party surveyor of the 1956 ANARE research in Antarctica. He was twenty-two years old. At that time 85% of the continent had never been seen. Most of the 42% of the vast...

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Book Review: The Locksmith’s Daughter

Book Review: The Locksmith’s Daughter

The Locksmith’s Daughter, by Karen Brooks. Sydney: Harlequin Mira, 2016. This is the second of Karen Brooks' mega-sized historical romances but her tenth published work of fiction. As with The Brewer’s Tale, research is her forte. Brooks is a writer who brings her...

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Book Review: Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See

Book Review: Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See

Undersized, snowy-haired German orphan Werner, is a genius with radios. He and his feisty little sister Jutta are wards in Frau Elena’s children’s home. At night they listen to a radio receiver that Werner found and restored and, sometimes, the enchanting feathery...

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