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The night we lost the girls, and everything changed

Lisa, Chloe and Carlie Higgins in Mudgee, 1997. When my father speaks about the accident, he opens with the line: "When I killed my daughters …" Lately, I have been trying to correct him. I give him books to read, make him come running with me, secure us back-to-back appointments with a psychologist. I do […]

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Poets go wild on a Gap Year!

Poets go wild on a Gap Year! The Making Of Poetry reveals all about the time Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth spent in Somerset The Making Of Poetry is a great example of biographical literary criticism  Adam Nicolson is alert as a poet himself to the specifics of landscape in his work  While researching […]

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How six siblings went to war

How six siblings went to war: Blinded by the Japanese, stranded in the jungle, bombed in the Blitz, the Walker family endured all the horrors of war. Now a gripping account by one granddaughter reveals how they ALL survived… To War With The Walkers is Annabel Venning’s account of family’s wartime life  It covers the […]

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Friends: Untold stories about the casting process

It’s time to wish our Friends a happy birthday. On Sept. 22, NBC’s era-defining sitcom will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its premiere. The story of six lovably neurotic friends — played by Jennifer Aniston, now 50; Courteney Cox, 55; Lisa Kudrow, 56; Matt LeBlanc, 52; Matthew Perry, 50; and David Schwimmer, 52 — navigating […]

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Charley was born with a drawerful of silver spoons in his mouth

Born with a drawerful of silver spoons in his mouth! How a boy who was adopted by a bi-sexual member of the aristocracy and grew up seeing Princess Margaret land a helicopter on the lawn discovered his real mother was a social worker Charles Duff recounts his upbringing in North Wales in a fascinating memoir  […]

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Matt Fraction, Steve Lieber discuss their Jimmy Olsen comic

Who is Jimmy Olsen? The intrepid Daily Planet photojournalist has long been a key part of the Man of Steel’s entourage, but it’s been a long time since he seized the spotlight for himself. That all changes with Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen, a new 12-issue comic maxi-series from writer Matt Fraction and artist Steve Lieber, […]

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Book Week: how the heck did it become a parade?

Book Week has been a part of the Australian calendar for decades and is a wonderful way to celebrate reading (which you would expect me to say, being a children's book writer). In the lead-up to the Children's Book Council of Australia announcing their awards, many schools spend the preceding weeks reading the shortlisted books […]

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Two Views of the Tumult on American Campuses

SAFE ENOUGH SPACES A Pragmatist’s Approach to Inclusion, Free Speech and Political Correctness on College CampusesBy Michael S. Roth THE ASSAULT ON AMERICAN EXCELLENCEBy Anthony Kronman Measurement is tricky, but it looks as if white students may now be a minority at all the Ivy League undergraduate colleges. This has happened recently, and to say […]