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Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Canberra's Best Books

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Book talk: 5 great summer reads

Jeff and Michael Popple recommend five great summer reads. More of their reviews can be found on their blogs.

Book talk: 3 great Easter reads

Jeff Popple reviews three great Easter reads to self-isolate with this Easter eggstra-long weekend. More of Jeff’s reviews can be found on his blog: murdermayhemandlongdogs.com The Guest List by Lucy Foley Harper Collins, $29.99 The Guest List is a clever homage to the Golden Age murder mystery, with a group of wedding guests...

Book talk: Books for Christmas

Jeff Popple recommends five books to put under the tree this Christmas. More of Jeff’s reviews can be found on his blog: murdermayhemandlongdogs.com Blue Moon by Lee Child Bantam, $32.99 Jack Reacher is the classic action figure. A former military policeman who roams America like a modern-day Western hero, Reacher appeals to...

Book talk: Books about entertainers

Jeff Popple reviews three books involving actors, musicians and a television presenter. More of Jeff’s reviews can be found on his blog.

Dating lessons from lockdown: what have we learned?

Rachel Givney is an Australian writer and filmmaker. and the author of 'Jane in Love', published by Penguin. Here she shares her views on dating during lockdown - and finds plenty of positives.

Book talk: Exciting crime fiction

This week, Michael Popple reviews three exciting new pieces of crime fiction. You can find more of Michael’s book reviews on his blog: unseenlibrary.com Just Watch Me by Jeff Lindsay Orion, $29.99 Riley Wolfe is the world’s greatest thief and he lives to steal from the super-rich and the powerful. However, Wolfe’s...

Book talk: 2019’s freshest new novels

Michael Popple reviews three of 2019’s freshest new novels to start the year with. Flight Risk by Michael McGuire Allen & Unwin, $29.99 Around the world, planes full of passengers are disappearing without a trace, leading to worldwide panic. Australian secret agent Ted Anderson is sent to investigate the disappearances and ends...

Book talk: women assassins and time travellers

This week, Jeff Popple reviews three books about women assassins, time travellers and a very determined stalker. Killing It by Asia Mackay Zaffre, $29.99 This is a great fun read. Like thousands of other new mums, Lex Tyler is returning to work after being off on maternity leave. The only difference is...

Author chronicles the life and death of murdered Canberra mum, Tara...

In ‘The First Time He Hit Her’, local author Heidi Lemon takes readers into the world of Canberra mother-of-three, Tara Costigan, as her relationship with Marcus Rappel spirals out of control and ends in 2015 when Rappel kills Tara at her home.

Book talk: Books for the pool and beach

Jeff and Michael Popple recommend five good books for the pool and beach this summer. More of their reviews can be found on their blogs

Book talk: 3 different crime novels

Jeff Popple reviews three very different crime novels. More of Jeff’s reviews can be found on his blog.

Book talk: Novels across the genres

This week Michael Popple reviews three exciting new novels from across the genres. Murder Mile by Lynda La Plante Zaffre, $32.99 London 1979: Detective Sergeant Jane Tennison has been posted to Peckham and must investigate a series of brutal murders plaguing the area. Hunting for a deranged killer, Tennison finds her investigation...

Book talk: 3 new releases to buy this Christmas

This week, Michael Popple recommends three excellent recent releases to buy this Christmas. More of Michael’s reviews can be found on his blog

5 great Mother’s Day reads

Jeff Popple reviews five great Australian Mother's Day reads for mum! More of Jeff’s reviews can be found on his blog: murdermayhemandlongdogs.com Zen Mamas by Teresa Palmer and Sarah Wright Olsen Ebury, $34.99 This inspiring and informative book makes an ideal present for those mums seeking to find a semblance of “calm,...

Book talk: New fantasy novels

This week, Michael Popple reviews three excellent new fantasy novels. You can find more of Michael’s book reviews on his blog: unseenlibrary.com The Last Smile in Sunder City by Luke Arnold Orbit, $22.99 Fletch Phillips is a man for hire in a world recently bereft of magic. For a fee, he will do anything requested...

Book talk: 5 Australian books for Dad

Jeff Popple reviews five great Australian books for Dad this Father’s Day! More of Jeff’s reviews can be found on his blog.

Book talk: A memoir of the Australian Outback

Jeff Popple reviews a fascinating memoir, An Alice Girl, of growing up in the Australian Outback. More of Jeff’s reviews can be found on his blog: murdermayhemandlongdogs.com An Alice Girl by Tanya Heaslip Allen & Unwin, $32.99 Tanya Heaslip had a childhood that was vastly different from that experienced by most Australians. As...

New book shows how Trevor Dickinson put Canberra’s concrete bus shelters...

Having created art of Canberra’s Clem Cummings bus shelters over the last eight years, Trevor Dickinson has now written the book on them.

Award-winning author tells authentic Canberra story

Local author Jacqueline de Rose-Ahern's new book Aussie Kids: Meet Matilda at the Festival was released at the start of the month.

Book talk: The Angel’s Mark

This week, Michael Popple examines an impressive historical fiction debut. The Angel’s Mark by S. W. Perry Corvus, $29.99 London, 1590: In the last days of Queen Elizabeth’s reign, young doctor Nicholas Shelby comes across the body of a small boy in his anatomy class with strange wounds in his leg. When...
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