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NYRB: Hearing Poland’s ghosts

New York Review of Books
09.03.18 5:19 am

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LRB: Stop binge-watching, start binge-reading!

London Review of Books
09.03.18 5:12 am

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London Review of Books: Advice to Washington from ancient China

London Review of Books
07.03.18 6:03 am

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Aurora House Publishing: Beyond Boundaries

Aurora House Publishing
05.03.18 2:13 pm

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Hardback Publication Date: 18 January 2018
Paperback to be Released 26 April 2018

Title: BEYOND BOUNDARIES
          Author:  Helen Parry Jones        

“The reaction to her was phenomenal, I do mean phenomenal. We have been at this a very long time now and we know the difference between phenomenal and phenomenal!!” Gay Byrne, The Late Late Show.

Clairvoyant sensation Helen Parry Jones is set to blow readers away in her book Beyond Boundaries. With her debut book, Hands of an Angel, making it to number 4 on the non-fiction best seller list, and being featured on radio, TV, and in newspapers, Helen is primed to turn her latest book, Beyond Boundaries, into an international hit.
 
With a professional career spanning over thirty years, Helen has positively affected the health and lives of tens of thousands of people through her healing clinics, private consultations, seminars and theatre demonstrations. As a spiritual healer, Helen’s goal is to help the world discover the profound beauty, peace, and love her gift has to offer through the interaction of Spiritual Healing and Spiritual Communication.
 
In Beyond Boundaries, Helen welcomes readers into her life and shares her spiritual journey, speaking to them with absolute honesty in a refreshingly down-to earth manner. She introduces readers to Sam, her spiritual guide, and shows how, with his guidance, she developed a much higher level of consciousness. This not only allowed her to communicate with another dimension beyond the boundaries of our existence, but also allowed her to access the energy that surrounds and connects to our physical form, bestowing her with the gift to locate illness and malfunction within the body.
 
Beyond Boundaries shares the extraordinary life of one woman and her exceptional gift. It is a must-read for the open-minded and curious, as it shines a fascinating light into the world of spiritual communication and healing, giving hope and comfort to those searching for the answers to life’s greatest questions. 

Beyond Boundaries is published by Aurora House
Hardback RRP AUD $49.95. ISBN 9780648226260
Papherback RRP AUD $29.95 ISBN 9780648185123
Available in all main online bookstores, including Amazon and Kindle.
 
About the Author ...

Helen Parry Jones has been able to connect with the spirit world since her earliest childhood recollections. Since then, her abilities have developed far beyond recognised Spiritual Communication and Spiritual Healing to a much higher level of consciousness.
 
Over the years, she has accomplished substantial recognition and is highly respected as being at the top of her profession. More recently Helen has complemented her career with writing books and broadcasting her own radio show to deliver her unique brand of emotional and physical healing to a wider audience.

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An ode on the state of Australia ...

John Martinkus
03.03.18 5:07 am

You write about food from times when you were hungry.

You write about water, and yes, alcohol, from times when you had none.

You write about life, your own fragile life, when all you see is death all around you.

You write about freedom when it is denied to you.

You write about politics when you see the impact it has on people.

And yes you write about death when it happens before your eyes and you are powerless to prevent it.

And all the while what drives you is this burning anger that just if you wrote about what you have seen people will understand and do something to stop all these atrocities and injustices.

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London Review of Books ... March issue

London Review of Books
02.03.18 6:47 am

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New York Review of Books: Hearing Poland’s ghosts ...

New York Review of Books
02.03.18 6:45 am

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London Review of Books: London Review Bookshop Limited Editions

London Review of Books
01.03.18 4:56 am

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For the Love of Birds – one man’s lifetime obsession

CSIRO Publishing
01.03.18 4:35 am

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Are you aware of Australia’s ‘turbo chooks’? Did you know that some birds have a
sense of smell? That many are far better off not being able to fly? Or that some of
us have bizarre superstitions surrounding birds and death? A new book by
prominent Aussie naturalist Ian Fraser uncovers the fascinating world of our
feathered friends and the sometimes strange world of the people who spend
their lives absorbed in them.

Released by CSIRO Publishing, Birds in Their Habitats: Journeys with a Naturalist,
has Fraser combining humour and travel yarns (backed with sound scientific
knowledge) revealing the secret lives, habits and skills of the incredible winged
creatures.

“Wherever we are (outside at least), there are birds. And for those of us immersed in the awareness of
birds, it’s not something we just go and do sometimes. It’s an integral part of our entire existence. Just
like being in love really,” explains Fraser, a prominent broadcaster, blogger and recent recipient of an
Order of Australia Medal.

JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY

In what might best be described as a birding travelogue, Fraser takes readers through four continents,
from unfamiliar and exotic locales in places like Chile, Cameroon and Borneo, all the way to the
wonders of the Australian backyard. Birds in Their Habitats is a compelling collection of stories,
experiences and anecdotes that can’t fail to change your understanding and appreciation of the birds
that fill our days and our world.

Backed by a wealth of historical and contemporary research, the book also explores how birds are
being affected by the game‐changing effects of global warming.

Fraser shares with the reader the reasons why he fell in love with birds, and then chases them
(sometimes as part of his own holidays) across the planet. To some it may seem like an obsession. To
him, it’s simply natural. For the rest of us, the results are absolutely fascinating.

And for those of you still wondering what on earth a ‘turbo chook’ is, well Fraser describes it as a
“slightly manic‐looking hyperactive Tasmanian Nativehen. Big birds, half a metre high, Tasmanians
refer to them fondly as turbo chooks!”

About the Author:

Ian Fraser is a naturalist, conservationist, regular contributor and commentator
on ABC Radio (local and national), natural history tour guide and adult educator
who lives in Canberra.

Birds in Their Habitats: Journeys with a Naturalist by Ian Fraser
Released: March 1st $39.95 PB 240 pp http://www.publish.csiro.au/book/7708

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Hobart Bookshop: Anne Kellas’s new collection of poetry, The Netted Air

Hobart Bookshop
28.02.18 7:10 pm

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Berlin Alexanderplatz ...

New York Review of Books
28.02.18 6:32 am

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Dr McAllister’s Lexia Lexicon

Paula Xiberras
27.02.18 12:52 pm

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Dr Jodi McAlister recently answered my questions about her move to Tasmania and her book ‘Valentine’, the first in the series of fantasy Young Adult (YA) fiction.

At the time of the questions, Jodie had been living in Tasmania for about eighteen months and working at the University of Tasmania

Jodi says that she has no regrets of the move especially as it has enhanced her life as a writer.

“Whenever I’m feeling uninspired, I look out my window at Mt Wellington looming mysteriously over the Derwent, and suddenly I’m not so uninspired any more….”

Always drawn to fairy tales Jodi said her decision to write in the fantasy genre was the duality of ‘woods’, for Jodi they represented both danger and potential liberation. For instance for Red Riding Hood, the wolf in the woods spells danger but for Snow White escaping into the woods meant liberation from the evil queen.

Jodi says there are connections that can be made between the mysterious woods of fairy tales and the mysterious stories of the Australian bush like Picnic at Hanging Rock. Jodi says

“to write a book that had that uniquely Australian sense of the menacing landscape, and using fairies and drawing on fairy tales, which are so full of the woods, felt like a natural fit.”

Jodi always dreamt of both publishing a novel by the time she was 35 and achieving a PhD before she was 30 years old. With both dreams now achieved Jodi jokes it’s time’ to set some new career goals’ for herself including the future instalments of her book series.

In the meantime Jodi is delighted by the reaction to ‘Valentine’ including the following nod to urban culture:

“By far the most frequent comment I’ve had on this book is, “OMG! You mention Fruity Lexia on page 2!” Who knew that terrible cheap cask wine was so beloved my so many people.”

Valentine is out now published by Penguin Random House.

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The Impossibility of Being Oscar

New York Review of Books
27.02.18 5:39 am

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Mendelson, music, mysticism and the mistress

Paula Xiberras
24.02.18 4:53 am

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Roger Mendelson once considered making his home in Tasmania and has friends associated with, appropriately, the Friends school. Although living in Tasmania didn’t materialise for Roger, he has found a similar place of natural beauty and quiet in Victoria’s Dandenongs.

When we chat, Roger reminds me of Hobart, having Australia’s oldest synagogue and the interesting fact of the synagogue in Launceston having front row benches reserved for convicts.

The discussion regarding the synagogues has relevance to Rogers’s novel Eliyahu’s Mistress, the love story of a catholic, Frances and Steven from the Jewish faith. The Eliyahu of the title is Frances’ dog who is named after the music by Mendelson rather than the biblical character.

Steven is a businessman who values his Jewish heritage and although involved in the local community is not overly religious. Frances on the other hand has a strong belief in her Catholic faith and its mysticism. She is very much connected both to the natural and spiritual world and often can be found out in the unspoiled environment around her home, deep in contemplation.

Frances works for a Catholic charity and she meets Steven when he is recruited to help the charity in marketing and promotion. A business relationship between Steven and Frances develops into dynamic discussions on work religion and life.

The intellectual relationship eventually becomes something more, something forbidden because Steven is married but as we never meet his wife we empathise with the characters we know. Steven and Frances. The novel is refreshing in that it doesn’t shy away from religious debate something rarely found in relationship novels and Mendelson is not afraid of describing his characters as something other than youthfully beautiful. That is not to say they are not an attractive couple. Frances is a beautiful woman but as well as the physical, there is the beauty of intellect and character.

A lawyer by profession, a career which demands precision, Roger finds fiction ‘allows unrestrained freedom in developing characters’.

The novel, in keeping with its mystical feel, provides a suitable if surprising ending.

Eliyahu’s Mistress is out now published by Sid Harta Publishers.

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Tim Winton is coming to the Tramsheds in Launceston on Saturday March 24 at 4:30pm

Anne Layton-Bennett
23.02.18 2:43 pm

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London Review of Books: Penelope Fitzgerald

London Review of Books
23.02.18 4:43 am

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This Writing Month - February/March

Tasmanian Writers Centre
22.02.18 1:44 pm

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Black Inc: March Releases ...

Black Inc. Books
22.02.18 1:41 pm

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Hobart Bookshop: Running out of Entropy, Tim Thorne

Hobart Bookshop
16.02.18 11:26 am

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You are invited to the launch, by Sarah Day, of Tim Thorne’s new collection of poetry, Running out of Entropy, published by Walleah Press.

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London Review of Books: Why do white people like what I write ...

London Review of Books
16.02.18 6:49 am

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Jindalee Jones ...

Paula Xiberras
14.02.18 6:29 am

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I recently spoke to Jennie Jones, the alliteration of her name is perfect for an author who has worked previously as an actor in the UK before moving to Australia.

Jennie’s new book ‘The house on Jindalee Lane’ is a case of art imitating life in the story of actor Edie Granger and her efforts to stage a murder/mystery play in her in her local Snowy Mountains community.

The novel details Edie’s past problem with a producer which caused her to seek refuge back home, only to have the problem follow her to new environment. Edie must make sure the nature of her play does not bleed into real life.

A further frustration albeit a lighter one is her needing to address a long ago, remembered embarrassing embrace with local guy, Ryan Munroe for whom Edie still harbours feelings.

One of the things that stands out in the Jennie’s novel is its inclusiveness, demonstrated in the character of Eddie’s sister who suffers a disability due to an accident and the inclusion of a gay couple.

When a work of fiction such as this entertains and also teaches it is an extra bonus.  Jennie’s desire to be authentic to reality allows her to use her theatrical experience to give us a glimpse of the world she belongs to. In this case Jennie explains why ‘whistling’ occurs in the theatre. Jennie tell us it was an exceedingly practical practice by the workman who moved the large pieces of equipment overhead. The whistle was a signal to those below to beware falling objects!

The House on Jindalee Lane is out now published by Harlequin.

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Flight to freedom

Paula Xiberras
14.02.18 6:26 am

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Melissa James has been to Hobart once, with family and friends, and ‘absolutely loved it’. She tells me she actually, ‘warmed to the cool weather’ and was pleasantly surprised by how uncrowded Tassie was and particularly notes her love of the little villages and towns she visited.

Melissa originally wrote for MIRA under the romance umbrella before she was given the chance and explore other genres, in this case a brand of crime/thriller, which she calls ‘romantic suspense’. Melissa explains that the strong relationships documented in the books take them as step beyond conventional romance novels.

We chatted about Melissa’s most recent and very original novel ‘Beneath the skin’ the story of Elly Lavender a flying doctor who is seeking to evade a former patient who has been stalking her. With her stalker strides away she seeks assistance from her childhood love Adam Jepson who is now an outback policeman. The character of Elly is from an indigenous background and Melissa was prompted to write the novel after researching her own Aboriginal heritage. 

Adam has suffered his own pain from the loss of his wife and son in an accident and is attempting to rebuild a life for himself and his daughter Zoe. Elly enters this fragile environment bringing hope as she rekindles love for Adam and becomes an exceptional female role model for Zoe. Unfortunately the arrival of Elly’s stalker means she is torn, with the knowledge her presence in town is a threat to her new family.

Melissa James, ‘Beneath the skin’ is out now published by MIRA

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You thought you gn’u Jimmy Barnes

Paula Xiberras
12.02.18 2:36 pm

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Books and bagpipes are playing a larger part in Jimmy Barnes life at the moment, or at least books, but who can resist the alliteration! Alongside his well-known role as rocker. Jimmy is now a bestselling author with critical acclaim of the two parts of his autobiography, ‘Working class boy’ and the second instalment ‘Working class man’.

I chatted to Jimmy last year about his latest literary endeavour a bairns book indeed! One written specifically with children in mind. The children’s book ‘Och Aye the G’nu’, says the Scottish born singer, is a project that has been a labour of love.

The book is also for children at heart and is culturally inclusive including bagpipes, African chants and the didgeridoo. This mix of cultures is in due to the cultural travels of the Gnu himself, a native of Africa who is transported to the snow and bagpipes of the Glasgow zoo. The Australian connection comes about because on the plane trip over he is accompanied by a kangaroo who becomes his friend.

We learn of Och Aye

“… he lived in a zoo in a land that was wet and a bitter wind blew and the snow and the bagpipes were all that he knew and he went by the name of young Och Aye the G’nu” and perhaps a tongue and cheeky nod to Jimmy’s powerful voice we learn that young Och Aye “has a voice that cut through”.

The story of Och Aye the Gnu has a companion volume called ‘The recorded poems of Och Aye the G’nu’. This book is multi -media in approach and contains a CD of the poems that tell the story of Och Aye read by Jimmy himself. Jimmy is joined by the Wiggles on this project and tells me he has known them for 35 years and finds them the perfect collaborators for the project because they are able to step into the minds of children. For additional authenticity Jimmy says Anthony the blue wiggle who plays the bagpipes is an actual Scottish chieftain.

Jimmy is proud of his Scottish background and has a Scottish family gathering once a year. At the time of our chat Jimmy was planning to spend the New Year in Glasgow and said when he returned he was thinking of doing something new, perhaps even formally becoming the tartan wiggle!

‘Och Aye the G’nu’ and it’s companion book ‘The recorded poems of Och Aye the G’nu’ are out now published by Five Mile Press.

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Poet Invites Readers into Her Beautifully Messy Mixed-Up World

Aurora House Publishing. First published November 3
18.12.17 1:56 pm

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“It takes a very strong woman to remain gentle!” – Rosalie Fayad (Lady R.F) 

The Edge of My World by Rosalie Fayad (Lady R.F) is a collection of poems and proses showcasing an instinctive freestyle art-form of poetry that caters to everyone, covering themes such as Love, Life, Anxiety, Inspiration, Determination, and Self-Worth.
 
As someone who has suffered from anxiety and PTSD for most of her life, Rosalie has based many of her poems on the crippling ailment, allowing readers experiencing similar situations to see they are not alone and that there’ll be plenty of sun-shiny days ahead. Rosalie holds nothing back in her poems, allowing readers to feel every raw emotion – good or bad – inviting them into her beautifully messy mixed-up world.
 
The Edge of My World is a wonderful collection of poems where there is something for everyone – Love Poetry for the romantics, Motivational Poetry for the despondent, and so much more. All readers need to do to take this journey is pack their heart. 

The Edge of My World is published by Aurora House. RRP AUD$59.95. ISBN: 9780995395350
Available in all main online bookstores, including Amazon and Kindle.

 
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About the Author

Rosalie Fayad (aka Lady R.F) has been writing since she learnt the alphabet and phonics — keeping her first journal at the very young and tender age of six, and continuing to do so to this present day. Writing has always been the only way she was able to express herself with any clarity. Poetry to Rosalie is mused instinctively: never forced, thought-out, or planned — never taught or learnt. She is an absolute lover of words. She sees and understands the world in metaphors — she then paints you pictures of her world using words… beautiful, beautiful words!

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A Real Convict Ancestor

Sue Waterworth*
16.12.17 5:48 pm

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Readers apparently revel in stories of appalling and harrowing lives, so transportation of convicts to Tasmania is always a popular topic.

And that means authors are constantly on the lookout to discover new ways to tell old tales. But since there are already so many stories available, it’s no easy task.
Tasmanian author Sue Cox offers a unique viewpoint that’s both personal and local, in her first novel, Banished beyond the seas. 

She’s woven her story from her abiding love of Tasmanian landscape, and a fictionalised account of her great, great, great grandmother’s life.

Detail that’s factual and precise

Calling all lovers of the ins and outs of everything!  Prepare to be delighted, Clearly, Sue researched and rummaged around in every corner of who-knows-what history archives, to unearth scads of intriguing detail about furniture, fashions and food. 

It’s specific and accurate, and sketches in a credible backdrop for the characters, and the everyday events that made up their lives. A potted social history.

“The entry hall was absolutely elegant.  The parquetry floor shone from the light coming in through windows on each side of the door that were etched with Scottish thistles and heather. The walls were hung with large family portraits in lavishly gilded frames.  There was a tall beautifully carved coatrack for coats, hats, umbrellas and boots, and across the hall from it stood a richly carved oak settle.  Large lamps with ornate lampshades decorated with flowers and leaves sat on the dresser”

What’s it about?

Here’s a tale about courage, resolve and endurance, and it’s supported by a solid and authentic sense of place. The characters would recognize the landscape without a moment of doubt. And so too will many current readers.

The protagonist is Jeannie, a gutsy and determined young Scottish woman, who got herself transported like so many others, for a crime she didn’t even commit.

She struggles with her grim life, and clutches onto her deep-rooted love of family that includes the people brought to her by circumstances, just as much as her own kin.

At the start of each chapter, there’s an appealing short teaser, just enough to give a glimpse of what’s ahead. The super short chapters keep the plot moving along, and make it an easy read.

When a reader comes face to face with unpleasant episodes in history like this one, he’s made to confront all sorts of distressing emotions. But luckily for us, the author infused plenty of poignant and funny moments into the story to neatly balance things out.

In Banished beyond the seas, we get a look at history from a slightly different perspective: a bygone era we’d maybe prefer to forget. 

But at the same time, it makes crystal clear, how we come to have had such tough, hardy and steadfast women in Tasmania; forebears who can only be described as inspiring role models.

Banished beyond the seas $29.95
Author: Sue Cox
Publisher: Forty South Publishing
Available at bookstores or
http://www.tasmaniabeyondtheseas.com

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Wilderness and the human soul ...

Communion Arts Journal
15.12.17 8:48 am

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What do wild places mean for the human soul? What of our nature is unlocked when we return to the rhythms of the natural world? How has this changed over time? How are we reshaping this relationship now?

(The following is a lightly-edited transcript of ‘Wilderness and the Human Soul’, a featured session of the Tasmanian Writers and Readers Festival,, 15th September 2017, Hobart - with Bob Brown, James Dryburgh, Heather Rose and Pete Hay and accompanying performances by singers Jodi Haines, Judith Reid and Kartanya Maynard).

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Kim’s capsicum candy and other recipes

Paula Xiberras
15.12.17 4:00 am

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Kim McCosker, the inspiring author of the four ingredient cook books and more, has been inspired again, this time by her role as fur mum to a dog, guinea pig and goldfish, to write a cook book that provides easy, nutritious and importantly economical meals for pets.

Kim’s new book, ‘Pet Cookbook’, boasts over 60 recipes for a variety of animals including, dogs, birds and guinea pigs.

As well as recipes, the book is also filled with informative facts about our animal friends and includes a reflection on ‘pecking order’ which tells us a lot about the intelligence of hens who display commitment to a hierarchy or pecking order in the farmyard as they access their food!

Another little known fact is that guinea pigs are lack vitamin C so must obtain the vitamin from food such as capsicum which due to its sweetness can even be labelled   capsicum candy!

The recipes themselves have names that make you smile like mutt-loaf and watermelon pup-sicles, the latter which literally make both humans and dogs salivate!

Some of the economical tips discussed in the book include using chicken breasts and oats, which are easily available to almost everyone, to create chicken jerky an inexpensive alternative to shop brought beef jerky.

Kim says the great thing about preparing your pets food is you know exactly what ingredients are included, so if there is an adverse reaction the culprit can be easily cornered.

Allergies are not the only challenge for pets, even more worrying are toxic foods. These include raisins, chocolate, onions and cooked chicken, the latter because it is prone to splintering.

Important to remember too, is the fact that the teeth of pets like dogs and guinea pigs never stop growing and so need to chew products like bones to file those teeth down. Kim also recommends for the complete teeth cleaning process, parsley to freshen pet’s’ breath.

Oh, and there will be a lot more inspiring pet food preparation ahead for Kim as she tells me she is soon to become a grandparent to her pregnant guinea pig.

Kim McCosker’s ‘Pet Cookbook’ is out now published by Simon & Schuster.

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Lark Whisky Bar, December 14, 5pm: Launch of Tasmanian Whisky, The Devil’s Share ... THIS ARVO ...

Bernard Lloyd, Taroona, Tasmania. First published December 4
14.12.17 6:30 am

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Reviewed! There Be Dragons

Sue Waterworth
13.12.17 8:26 am

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Funny things books! Some of us like some of them, some of the time. But There be dragons might be an exception. It fits into a lot of categories and will appeal to lots of people….in fact, anyone who’s ever been a child.

Not a children’s book; don’t even let them near it, or they’ll get ideas, and learn very uncool things about their parents they don’t need to know.

Prepare to be dropped right back into childhood, especially if you’re ‘a certain age’. Heather Donaldson offers a palpable essence of childhood that works, no matter what your generation.

But they’re personal stories too. And they’ll make you laugh out loud. She writes in a simple child’s voice with an adult commenting over her shoulder.

Doesn’t matter that you lived somewhere else and your friends had different names; you’ll recognize them – the Danny Crawfords of this world are like universal archetypes!

It’s a social history too.  Backyard incinerators, dad plucking the rooster for Christmas, or groups of kids going off to play in the park don’t exist much anymore, but were the stuff of endless adventures, not to say misadventures.

Don’t miss this one; buy a stack of them, and you’ll have pretty much sorted your Christmas shopping.

There be dragons $14.95
Author: Heather Donaldson
Self published
Available at bookstores or
http://www.therebedragons.com

Heather’s well known for having started the Power of Humour groups in Tasmania a few years back, and she’s written a number of other books:

• Stop Suicide
• Grow Old Disgracefully
• Gambling: Know When To Walk Away
• When Someone You Loves Has Cancer
• Drugs – High Hopes and Sudden Silences

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https://therebedragonsintasmania.com/

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Hobart Bookshop: Launch of Wish You Were Here. TONIGHT: Sold

Hobart Bookshop
07.12.17 10:26 am

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Another new launch announced for December ... 

You are invited to the launch of Sheridan Jobbins’s book, Wish You Were Here.

Why do some of the most difficult times in life also turn out to be the most hilarious?

In Wish You Were Here Sheridan is 35 and should be happily married with a child on the way, living the fabulous life of a successful screenwriter in Sydney. Instead, she’s just smashed all her favourite china on the kitchen floor, shut the door on her marriage and is driving a hot red Chevy hell for leather across the USA.

Hopelessly unprepared and heartbroken, she sets out on the road trip of a lifetime determined to find herself. Ironically she finds love instead. But not before a whole bunch of crazy adventures and wrong turns along the way . .
‘Raw, hilarious and wise, this wild ride will have you crying with laughter.’
~ AMANDA KELLER

‘Entertaining, colourful, thought-provoking, and life-affirming, this authentic rom-com road trip will appeal to the broken-hearted and to those looking for stories of travel and love.’

~ BOOKS AND PUBLISHING

Born in Melbourne, Sheridan Jobbins is a third generation Australian film maker. She kickstarted her career as one of the original celebrity chefs on Cooking with Sheri, earning a Guinness World Record as the youngest host of her own show at the age of nine. She was a director of the film company Latent Image Productions which produced the award-winning film The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Since 2000 she has co-written screenplays with director Stephan Elliott for Disney, Warner Bros, Working Title, Hopscotch and Ealing Studios. Wish You Were Here is her first book. You can read more about the book if you visit the website for its publisher, Affirm Press.

Free event, all welcome.

Where: The Hobart Bookshop, 22 Salamanca Square
When: Saturday December 16, from 5.30pm

... and don’t forget tonight’s launch ... 

You are invited to the launch of Blair Denholm’s book, Sold.

The Gold Coast swelters in record temperatures, and car salesman Gary Braswell’s feeling hot under the collar. His sales are at rock bottom, and he’s up to his neck in debt to loan shark Jocko Mackenzie. If the loan’s not repaid, there’s more than Gary’s kneecaps at stake – his long-suffering wife’s also in peril.

When Gary turns his skills to real estate sales, he’s soon embroiled in the murky world of money laundering. Things get even hotter when the federal police start sniffing around. With Jocko on his tail, Gary concocts a scam of unimaginable scale and audacity. But hard-drinking, cocaine-snorting Gary is incapable of planning ahead. So, can he pull it off?

Hilarious and dark, Sold is noir reading at its best – a whirlpool of sex, drugs, and real estate.

Blair Denholm is a freelance writer, editor and translator who has lived and worked in New York, Moscow, Munich, Abu Dhabi and Australia. For further information, visit his website.

Free event, all welcome.

Where: The Hobart Bookshop, 22 Salamanca Square
When: Thursday December 7, from 5.30pm

... and also ... 

You are invited to the launch of Fernanda Alves’ book, Maternity: A Sweet Conflict.

How many women do not dream of having a child? How many of them could not imagine dressing that delicate little body, and covering it with love and care? What they often fail to recognise is that this dream is almost always accompanied by great questions. To solve them, we are going to count on the experience of someone who has gone through the ups and downs of pregnancy and postpartum, proving with her tips that, despite being a sweet conflict, maternity can be wonderful!

Fernanda Alves Breen is a Business Administrator with an MBA in Marketing Administration. In this book, this first-time mother portrays pregnancy and postpartum difficulties from the woman’s point of view. Member of the Brazilian NGO, Amigas Do Peito (a breastfeeding association in Brazil), she addresses issues ranging from the planning to have a child to the difficult choice of whom to leave the child with upon return to work.

Free event, all welcome.

Where: The Hobart Bookshop, 22 Salamanca Square
When: Thursday December 14th, from 5.30pm

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