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Saturday, June 12, 2021

Canberra's Best Books

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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...

I’m a proud frugalista

Say what? I don’t look cheap, and most days I wear designer labels to my public service office. I also travel frequently, am an avid skier and am often out and about at Canberra events. I love good food and catching up with friends. And last year I got...

Book talk: Women to the Front

Jeff Popple reviews a timely book of forgotten wartime heroism for Anzac Day. More of Jeff’s reviews can be found on his blog: murdermayhemandlongdogs.com Women to the Front by Heather Sheard and Ruth LeeEbury, $32.99 Phoebe Chapple was the first Australian woman doctor to win the Military Medal in World War...

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...

5 tips for writing a kids’ book in iso

Five tips for writing a kids' book in isolation, by Nat Amoore, author of The Power of Positive Pranking, published by Penguin Random House Australia: So you’re staying home and staying safe? Got a bit of extra time on your hands while the gym is closed and ballet’s been cancelled?...

Book talk: Summer reading

Jeff Popple recommends three novels for summer reading. Evil Things by Katja Ivar Bitter Lemon Press, $17.99 This is the perfect book for those who are tired of Canberra’s hot weather. Set in the remote wilderness of northern Finland in 1952, this beautifully written novel effectively evokes the coldness and never-ending snow...

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

Book talk: On A Wing And A Prayer

Jeff Popple reviews a fascinating true story about a 1930s air race. More of Jeff’s reviews can be found on his blog: murdermayhemandlongdogs.com. On A Wing And A Prayer by Di Websdale-Morrissey Text, $32.99. In 1934, the Lord Mayor of Melbourne announced the audacious plan of holding an international air race from...

Book talk: The Good Turn

Jeff Popple reviews an exceptional new novel by Australian author Dervla McTiernan, The Good Turn. More of Jeff’s reviews can be found on his blog: murdermayhemandlongdogs.com Australian author Dervla McTiernan’s first two novels, The Ruin and The Scholar, shot her towards the top of the international crime writing tree with a host of...

16 of Canberra’s best bookshops

Jumping between worlds is a reader’s favourite pastime and finding the perfect bookstore is a quest within itself. Here is a guide to 16 of Canberra’s best bookshops, from the independently owned to the classic chain, where you are guaranteed to find an adventure.  Book Lovers Lane Located just inside the...

Book talk: Crime writing

Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly Allen & Unwin, $32.99 Michael Connelly has been at the top of the crime writing tree for several decades, helped along in recent years by the success of the TV series Bosch, which he helps to produce. His latest book unites former LAPD Detective Harry...

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: Wartime service

For Anzac Day, 25 April, this week Jeff Popple reviews three books of wartime service. More of Jeff’s reviews can be found on his blog: murdermayhemandlongdogs.com The Battles for Kokoda Plateau by David W. Cameron Allen & Unwin, $32.99 In July 1941, a large force of Japanese soldiers landed on the north-eastern...

Book talk: Novels of suspense

Jeff Popple reviews three new novels of suspense. More of Jeff’s reviews can be found on his blog.

Book talk: Work, trauma and the threat to our wildlife

Jeff Popple reviews three books about work, trauma and the threat to our wildlife. More of Jeff’s reviews can be found on his blog.

Q&A: Desire Lines author Felicity Volk

Canberra author Felicity Volk has just released her second novel. Set largely in Canberra, Desire Lines follows a love story that spans decades and continents, intersected with the growth and change of the Nation’s Capital.

Book talk: Radicals by Meredith Burgmann

This week, Jeff Popple reviews Radicals by Meredith Burgmann, a fascinating book about Australia in the 1960s.

Book talk: Historical fiction

This week, Michael Popple looks at three exceptional pieces of historical fiction. You can find more of Michael’s book reviews on his blog: unseenlibrary.com The Gates of Athens by Conn Iggulden Michael Joseph, $32.99 Acclaimed author Conn Iggulden presents an impressive start to his Athenian series with The Gates of Athens. In...

Book talk: 3 chilling reads for winter

Jeff Popple reviews three chilling reads for winter. More of Jeff’s reviews can be found on his blog: murdermayhemandlongdogs.com.

Book talk: Novels for young adults

This week, Michael Popple reviews three thrilling novels written for young adults. After The Lights Go Out by Lili Wilkinson Allen & Unwin, $19.99 Prudence Palmer and her family are ‘doomsday preppers’ living off the grid in small town Australia. But when their worst case scenario happens, Pru and her sisters must...
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