Book Club

Winter's depths
Rosalea Ryan
The Ice Beneath Her Camilla Grebe Allen & Unwin $39.99 Stockholm’s crisp mid-winter perfection has been shattered, its pristine snowscape disfigured by a geyser of human blood. In an exclusive outer suburb of the city a woman has been murdered, her body crumpled in a hallw..
08-Dec-2016
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A fresh view
Rosalea Ryan
BRITT-MARIE is not the type of woman to put a coffee cup down without using a coaster, not does she eat pizza straight from its box. Britt-Marie is proper, attentive, precise, correct – “normal”, in other words. To less particular people, however, Britt-Marie could be descr..
02-Dec-2016
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Change of pace
Rosalea Ryan
Falling Jane Green Macmillan, $29.99 Emma Montague isn’t looking for a boyfriend, and she certainly isn’t looking for a ready-made school-aged son. Yet in the process of renting an unfashionably dated beachfront cottage in sleepy Westport, Connecticut, she finds ..
24-Nov-2016
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Nordic noir trilogy continues
Rosalea Ryan
ICELAND is reeling. Still struggling in the wake of the 2008 financial crash, the country has been struck by a second, equally unexpected blow: the 2010 volcanic eruption and subsequent rumblings of Eyjafjallajökull. An ash cloud is enveloping Reykjavík, polluting the city’s air. ..
17-Nov-2016
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Romance in the Riverina
Rosalea Ryan
COLLEGE student Cindy is nursing a broken heart for the first time. Rather than propose as expected, her boyfriend of two years has just prioritised Harvard law school ahead of their relationship, leaving Cindy mortified and alone, the only unattached member of her southern California group of f..
10-Nov-2016
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Island intrigue
Rosalea Ryan
A 10-year-old boy is missing, a family is grieving and a tiny, isolated community on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean is being torn apart by suspicion and blame. Five years ago Max Wheeler disappeared while having an overnight camping adventure alone on Priest’s Island, a speck of private la..
03-Nov-2016
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All paths cross in Rome
Rosalea Ryan
Septuagenarian British sisters-in-law Lizzie and Constance are in Rome on a mission: to scatter Henry’s ashes into the River Tiber. American Alec and Australian Meg are equally focused – in their case, on finding the elusive source of a specific blue tile for their unhappy marital ho..
27-Oct-2016
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Relationships tested
Rosalea Ryan
ASK anybody outside southern Africa to name a famous Botswanan and almost invariably they will respond with “that Precious woman – you know, the one in the book”. Much of the world knows little about day-to-day happenings in Botswana yet millions of readers are relatively familiar ..
20-Oct-2016
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Travel tales
Rosalea Ryan
MANCHESTER native Georgia is intelligent, successful and happily in love. Her relationships are solid; her career is booming. This has not always been the case. Only 12 months ago Georgia was suffering from a bout of severely wounded pride, cut adrift by a two-timing fiancé and left emoti..
13-Oct-2016
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Wrong place, right time
Rosalea Ryan
WHEN I have a class reunion kind of thing, we just have a beer; we don’t, like, tackle terrorists or anything. The voice is unmistakable: Barack Obama. It’s late August 2015 and, huddled over an iPhone in northern France, Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler are being congratulated by t..
06-Oct-2016
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Bovine beauties
Rosalea Ryan
Long, wide, curly, straight or curved: the horns adorning the cattle that feature in photographer-writer Daniel Naudé’s dramatically handsome coffee-table book are as spectacular and distinctive as hairstyles or gowns at any red-carpet event. South African Naudé captures with..
28-Sep-2016
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Paper chase
Rosalea Ryan
Interested in data? It’s February 2015 and in Germany investigative journalist Bastian Obermayer is presented with what quickly becomes the most daunting yet satisfying challenge of his media career. Obermeyer is at home one evening when an email arrives from an anonymous correspondent. ..
22-Sep-2016
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Adventure on the high rivers
Rosalea Ryan
Take two adventurous Englishmen, a desire to float clear across Europe and an assortment of watercraft, conventional and otherwise. The result? The offspring of this rare blending is a highly entertaining travel memoir that is in equal measure informative, instructional and hilarious. When c..
15-Sep-2016
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Reel-life
Rosalea Ryan
THINK Sex and the City for the average lonely, directionless suburban woman: abundant sass, bawdy humour and a generous dose of outrageous sexual misadventure but without the extravagances of Manolos, Cosmopolitans and a Manhattan bachelorette pad all apparently paid for by a couple of hours’ ..
08-Sep-2016
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Camel riding
Rosalea Ryan
Reptile collector, camel expert, big-cat doctor, gazelle wrangler, antiques aficionado, father of five: Alex Tinson juggles disparate roles in balancing his career as a veterinarian and researcher with his pride in heading up a happily blended Australian-Emirati family. Raised on Sydney’s ..
02-Sep-2016
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Wild ride through the worst of zones
Bendigo Weekly
DEATH, disasters, destruction, disease: Peter Stefanovic has endured the worst imaginable circumstances in some of the world’s most dangerous places in the course of his employment as a television news journalist. In a sensitive yet self-deprecatingly humorous professional memoir, Stefanov..
25-Aug-2016
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A picture of art spaces
Dianne Dempsey
With maps and pens at the ready, local writer Lauren Mitchell and photographers Amy Doak and Brendan McCarthy went on a mission to find and capture the intriguing artists’ studios that lie hidden in and around the Bendigo district. The resultant book, Artist Spaces of the Victorian Gol..
18-Aug-2016
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Rights and wrongs at the festival
Dianne Dempsey
Wordsmith David Astle has been attending writers festivals for many years now and he’s a great fan. He loves festivals when things go well and he especially loves them when they go wrong. “Writing can be a solitary business and stories are made to be shared,” he said. &..
12-Aug-2016
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Nurses at the front
Rosalea Ryan
As the civilian casualties kept coming, their bodies shredded, Janet Glasson remained on her feet – for up to 32 hours in a single shift at times. Theatre nurse Glasson was on duty at Long Xuyen hospital in January 1968 when the North Vietnamese launched one of the major campaigns of ..
12-Aug-2016
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A change of direction
Rosalea Ryan
Out of the Ice Ann Turner Simon & Schuster $29.99 Dr Laura Alvarado has just completed a long, dreary over-winter stay in Antarctica and is looking forward to spending a few weeks in leafy inner Melbourne when word of a new opportunity arrives. Rather than speeding ..
04-Aug-2016
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