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Review: Ned Manning’s Painting the Light

By Swagatalakshmi Roychowdury Set in the backdrop of World War II, Painting The Light by Ned Manning is a story of love between two lost people and love for their country. An extraordinary tale of love and loss, this novel sheds light upon the unfolding political drama and the Australian landscape of the twentieth century. […]

New Figures Show More Women’s Writers Than Ever Have Had Books Reviewed

BY RENEE LOU DALLOW Each year the Stella Count surveys the extent of gender bias in the field of book reviews in Australia. According to the 2020 Stella Count 55% of the books reviewed in Australian publications were by women. These reviews included newspaper articles, journals and memoirs for papers such as The Sydney Morning […]

Dime Sheppard’s ‘Crime Writer’

BY JARROD WOLFHUNTER  Crime Writer is the engaging and thrilling crime/romance story written by exciting Aussie author, Dime Sheppard, in her fantastic debut novel. Crime Writer is difficult to put down because of its non-typical structure that melds a fictional writer’s world with the world of her characters – who possess lots of depth and […]

BOOK REVIEW: Palely Loitering by Hugh Patrick O’Keefe

Not many self published books ever get beyond the box in which they were delivered in, but piano player Hugh O’Keefe’s account of growing up gay in the 60s, 70s, 80s and beyond, the demand has a been so great another 500 copies have been printed. Always accepting of his own homosexuality, O’Keefe’s journey through […]

REVIEW: Aaron Patrick – The Surprise Party

If Labor had read this book there would have been no need for an internal inquiry into how and why they lost the election because Aaron Patrick tells us in The Surprise Party how the coalition snatched victory from the jaws of chaos. Blow by blow accounts of both sides leading up to the election […]

Food News – Craft Spirit World

Craft spirits long predate hipsters, Emily Miles, is quick to point out in Craft Spirit World [RRP $39.95]; though our friends boasting “skinny jeans, statement tattoos, and a luxuriant beard” are certainly responsible for their recent resurgence in popularity.

Food News

After having a long conversation this morning about cold drip coffee with my barista, Simon Dardick at Devon Café, I should probably accept I’ve taken coffee to the next level. I’m regularly using words like terroir, and have established a set of roasters I’m partial to - Proud Mary, Golden Cobra, Little Marionette and in recent months Marrickville’s Coffee Alchemy.