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Canberra's Best Books

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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: Enjoyable new releases

This week, Michael Popple looks at three enjoyable new releases from a trio of popular authors.

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.

Book talk: Christmas gifts

Heads You Win by Jeffrey Archer Macmillan, $39.99 Those looking for an intriguing novel should check out the latest book from Jeffrey Archer. In 1968, Alexander Karpenko and his mother flee from the Soviet Union. Given the choice of two ships, one heading to London, the other to New York, they choose...

Book talk: Three leading authors

This week, Michael Popple looks at outstanding books from three leading authors. You can find more of Michael’s book reviews on his blog: unseenlibrary.com. The Harp of Kings by Juliet Marillier Macmillan, $29.99 The warriors of Swan Island are an elite group of peacekeepers, helping to keep order in the lands. When...

Book talk: Historical fiction

This week, Michael Popple checks out three impressive pieces of historical fiction. All The Tears in China by Sulari Gentill Pantera Press, $32.99 It is 1935 and wealthy Australian troublemaker Rowland Sinclair travels to Shanghai on behalf of his brother. Accompanied by his loyal friends, Rowland soon discovers the dark side of...

Book talk: Historical fiction novels

Michael Popple reviews three historical fiction novels by Australian authors. The Queen’s Colonial by Peter Watt Macmillan, $29.99 Australia, 1852. Ian Steele has always dreamed of serving in the Queen’s army. This seems impossible until he meets Samuel Forbes who bears a striking resemblance to Ian and has a proposition for him....

Book talk: Thrilling crime novels

Jeff Popple reviews three new thrilling crime novels. More of Jeff’s reviews can be found on his blog: murdermayhemandlongdogs.com Fair Warning by Michael Connelly Allen & Unwin, $32.99 In Fair Warning, bestselling author Michael Connelly brings back Jack McEvoy, the hero of his popular novels, The Poet and The Scarecrow. The once famous reporter and...

Book talk: Hunter by Jack Heath

This week Jeff Popple reviews an exciting new book by renowned Canberra author, Hunter by Jack Heath. More of Jeff’s reviews can be found on his blog murdermayhemandlongdogs.com Hunter by Jack Heath Allen & Unwin, $29.99. Canberra young adult author Jack Heath made a spectacular entry into adult fiction last year with...

Book talk: 5 great summer reads

Jeff and Michael Popple recommend five great summer reads to keep you entertained or relaxed at the pool, beach or backyard. More of their reviews can be found on their blogs: murdermayhemandlongdogs.com and the unseenlibrary.com Spy by Danielle Steel Macmillan, $29.99 Looking for a good book to kick off your summer reading? Then check out...

Book talk: July’s most intriguing releases

This week, Michael Popple reviews three of July’s most intriguing releases. You can find more of Michael’s book reviews on his blog: unseenlibrary.com

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: Three recent fantasy releases

This week, Michael Popple reviews three recent fantasy releases from some outstanding authors.  You can find more of Michael’s book reviews on his blog: unseenlibrary.com Dead Man in a Ditch by Luke Arnold Orbit, $22.99 Welcome to Sunder City, a city devastated by an apocalyptic event that ended all magic. Depressed reprobate...

Book talk: Interesting history books

Jeff Popple reviews three interesting history books about serial killers, spies and East Timor. More of Jeff’s reviews can be found on his blog: murdermayhemandlongdogs.com The Killing Streets by Tanya Bretherton Hachette, $32.99 Serial killers are often thought to be a relatively recent phenomenon, but Tanya Bretherton makes a strong case that a...

To hell and back, Shelley bares her ‘Face of Faith’

Part autobiography, part holistic health guide, Canberra-based author Shelley Hunter’s new book Face of Faith is a raw, deeply personal expression of a lifetime of trauma and tragedy, lined with lessons of resilience, survival, and optimism from a woman who refuses to be defeated. Born into existing dysfunction and trauma,...

Book talk: elephants, catastrophes and the #MeToo movement

The Last Elephants by Don Pinnock and Colin Bell Hardie Grant, $50 This delightful book is a photographic record of the last wild elephants in Africa. In 2016, the Great Elephant Census found that there are fewer than 450,000 elephants in Africa and that they are declining at an alarming rate....

Book talk: 3 historical novels by Australian authors

With almost everything cancelled and most of us spending more time at home, hunkering down during the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic presents an opportunity to catch up on our reading. But with so many books to choose from, where do you start? Week after week, Canberra Weekly’s exceptionally well-read bibliophiles...

Book talk: Cold crimes, suffragettes and fake miracles

This week, Jeff Popple reviews three books about cold crimes, suffragettes and fake miracles. The Girl Without Skin by Mads Peder Nordbo Text, $29.99 When a mummified Viking corpse is discovered on an isolated ice sheet in Greenland, Danish journalist Matthew Cave thinks that he has stumbled on the story of his...

Book talk: Crime novels from around the world

Jeff Popple reviews three new crime novels from around the world. More of Jeff’s reviews can be found on his blog: murdermayhemandlongdogs.com The Kissing House by Michael Pert Sid Harta, $29.95 Local author Canberra author Michael Pert makes an enterprising entry into the international thriller stakes with The Kissing House. Set primarily in...