Book Review: Go beyond the Netflix series with Volker Kutscher’s Babylon Berlin

Berlin, 1929. A car is pulled from the Landwehr Canal with a mutilated corpse at the wheel. Detective Inspector Gereon Rath, newly arrived from Cologne, is on the case, stepping outside his jurisdiction and onto a few toes in the process. His search sends him deep into the seedy underworld of Weimar Berlin, where drug dealers, criminal kingpins, and dirty cops watch his every move. But as a man hiding secrets of his own, how far is Rath willing to go for answers?... Read More | Share it now!

Book Review: Åsne Seierstad’s Two Sisters is a compelling blend of investigative journalism and the heart breaking tale of a family torn apart

On October 17th 2013, teenage sisters Ayan and Leila Juma left their Oslo home and headed for Syria. Deeply radicalised and intending to take part in jihad, they had planned the trip in secret for months. But their decision tears the Juma family apart, as parents Sadiq and Sara struggle to come to terms with their loss, while oldest son Ismael begins to question his religion, and how it could drive his sisters into a war zone.... Read More | Share it now!

Theatre Review: Jane and Kel go to Hell is a hilarious Dante’s Inferno for the avo-on-toast generation (to April 7th at Metro Arts, Brisbane)

After Jane spectacularly quits her awful job, she and housemate Kel decide it’s time to rent out the sunroom. Roy seems to be the perfect candidate. He’s quiet and he cooks and he’s not looking to impose on the girls’ karaoke nights any time soon. But Kel isn’t so sure and she’s ready to put her friendship with Jane on the line to prove it. There’s something not quite right about him, something almost… inhuman. After all, there’s only so many times a guy can listen to Toto’s Africa before it seems weird, right?... Read More | Share it now!

Book Review: Art, friendship, and the dreaded Delhi belly collide in Barbara Carmichael’s I’ve Come To Say Goodbye

A fifty-something Australian artist and a 32 year old Indian spice merchant. It doesn’t exactly sound like the perfect basis for a lasting friendship. But Tarun Singh Inda became like a brother to author Barbara Carmichael, opening his heart and home to her over ten years worth of trips between Australia and India. Tarun passed away in 2014, and now Carmichael, coming to terms with her grief, charts their friendship, set against the lush scenery of Rajasthan.... Read More | Share it now!

Book Review: Follow an ageing reporter through the murky world of tabloid journalism in Craig Sherborne’s Off The Record

Callum Smith, the Wordsmith, ‘Words’ for short, is a journalist of the old school. An expert manipulator, he spends his days flirting, drinking, and chasing stories. But when his wife leaves him, Words’ devotion to the big story begins to spiral out of control. Desperate to keep her and his son in his life, he’ll do anything to stay on top of the game. Anything.... Read More | Share it now!

Book Review: Lloyd Jones’ The Cage is an unsettling examination of the lengths we will go to for the truth

Two men, fleeing for their lives, arrive in a small country town. The townspeople, desperate to know where they have come from and what they have seen, assign a group of Trustees to find out more. But as the men prove unable to speak of their trauma, the town’s early hospitality is slowly withdrawn, replaced with suspicion, fear, and appalling cruelties. Confined to a cage in the grounds of the local hotel, the key presumed missing, the strangers cling to the last vestiges of what makes them human, as the Trustees fight harder and harder to wring answers from them.... Read More | Share it now!

Book Review: Award-winning journalist Witold Szabłowski collects oral histories of Eastern Europe in Dancing Bears

For hundreds of years, Bulgarian Gypsies trained bears to perform. In the early 2000’s the practice was outlawed following the fall of communism, and the bears, who had only ever known their human family, were released into a reserve. Even now, years later, the bears still stand on their hind legs to dance whenever they see a human.... Read More | Share it now!

Book Review: Delve into a 1930s murder with Katherine Kovacic’s The Portrait of Molly Dean

Molly Dean, artist’s muse and aspiring journalist, was brutally murdered in Melbourne in 1930. Despite compelling evidence her killer was never officially found. Seventy years later, art dealer Alex Clayton discovers what she believes to be a portrait of Molly and delves headfirst into the mystery. Despite cover-ups, missing records, and suspects long since deceased, Alex edges ever closer to the truth. But someone wants this secret to stay hidden, and they’ve got their eye on both Alex and the portrait.... Read More | Share it now!