Graeme Simsion had lots of inspiration he could draw upon for the socially-challenged professor character (Don Tillman) in his novel, The Rosie Project. Simsion is a self-confessed “escapee” from the world of IT. For over 30 years he worked with computers and he’s also studied and taught science at University. These experiences have all helped shape his books, even if this is sometimes in an inadvertent way.... Read More | Share it now!
Australia Day is a fairly contentious date in the calendar. The idea that Australia began with the arrival of the First Fleet on January 26th 1788 has long been offensive to descendants of the Indigenous Australians who already occupied the land. It also dismisses interactions between Europeans and Indigenous people that predated the landing, and it’s these encounters that form the basis of Nick Brodie‘s new book 1787: The Lost Chapters of Australia’s Beginnings.... Read More | Share it now!
The 2016 Shortlist for the Man Booker Prize has been unveiled, and once again it makes for some interesting reading. Past winners, and literary heavyweights have found themselves dispensed with as the judges have agonisingly whittled down the long list to a mere six titles.... Read More | Share it now!
Marian Blythe loves some good ‘ol creativity. She podcasts it up regularly with Lucas Testo for her show, Devotee, a delectable insight into what inspires creative people. She also has written words for The Big Issue and RRR’s own Trip Magazine, as well as hosting the odd show on RRR where her creative witticism shines.... Read More | Share it now!
As the CEO of the World Vision charity, Tim Costello AO has often had to discuss faith. His latest book also deals with the topic of belief and how it can be used to highlight the things that humanity has in common as well as offering a vehicle for reconciliation and hope. This series of short essays is a mix of philosophy, morality, religion and inspiration as well as observations and quotes that seem more like pure memoir. Faith is not the kind of book you can skim through quickly. It is a disarming read where you need to pause, reflect and discuss the bigger issues with other people.... Read More | Share it now!
Fleeing a failed romance in 1950s Sydney, Eleanor believes a return to River Run will help her recollect her thoughts and get her life back on track. But when she arrives, her mother and stepfather have their hands full with an ambitious new overseer, the visiting Winslows, and her rebellious little brother Robbie, who believes the Communists may attack their lands at any time. When Robbie takes his duties to protect the homestead too far and a stranger is injured on the property, tensions across River Run are even more strained, as class divides and a police investigation begin to spill over into the shearing season.... Read More | Share it now!
Welcome (hopefully welcome back) to the second edition of our monthly recommended reading feature. With so many books released each month, we know it’s pretty hard keeping track of what to read, or what to buy the book lover in your life – so each month we’ll come up with five books we think you need to be reading.... Read More | Share it now!