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BOOKS

Photographer Simon Griffiths celebrates the humble vessel in his new book "Boat" (Australia, 2015)

There are few who seem to understand the concept of the coffee table book as well as photographer Simon Griffiths, who today releases Boat - a "celebration of the humble vessel that symbolises escape, trade and travel" - as the press release aptly puts it. The beautifully designed book is one you can judge by its cover, on which sit two beautiful boats and the book's title - in a fancy typeface, naturally. Yes, this is a book about boats, and really there isn't much more you need to know about the book than that.

Five things we learnt from Breakfast with Peter Garrett

Yesterday in Perth, I got to have breakfast with musician, activist and former government minister Peter Garrett as part of a tour to launch his newly released autobiography Big Blue Sky. OK so technically there was a room full of other people there as well... but still...

Book Review: Nicci French "Friday on My Mind" (2015)

Friday on my Mind is a murder mystery set in contemporary London, penned by Nicci French. The story begins as a man is pulled from the Thames, his throat cut. He is wearing a hospital wristband marked F. Klein, which seems to make identification simple. Only Freida Klein is still very much alive and is linked romantically to the dead man. She becomes the prime suspect in his murder.

Book Review: Gideon Haigh "Certain Admissions" (2015)

Gideon Haigh has been a Melbourne journalist for over thirty years and as well as hundreds of newspaper articles, has written thirty-one books. His latest release, Certain Admissions, details the strange circumstances surrounding the death of a young Beth Williams on Albert Park beach in 1949.

Book Review: Dr. Simon Judkins' "EMERGENCY: Real Stories from Australia's Emergency Department Doctors" (2015)

How much does the average person know about an Emergency Department? Unless you’re a doctor or a nurse then chances are, not much. But the book, EMERGENCY: Real stories from Australia’s Emergency Department Doctors edited by Dr. Simon Judkins is poised to inform you.

Five books you have to read in July 2015

With the Aussie winter well underway, we know you're all dying for an excuse to stay rugged up indoors. And what better reason than the incredible books that are finding their way into the world this July? We've got five most anticipated books from our contributors, trust us - this list is worth a look at...

Book Review: Alex Hammond's "The Unbroken Line" (2015)

Alex Hammond's The Unbroken Line is the second in his series of books about vigilante Melbourne lawyer Will Harris. Set against a back drop of Melbourne glamour, corruption, and a conspiracy stretching back to the landing of the First Fleet. It takes inspiration from a little-reported pseudo-conspiracy in Melbourne called The Brotherhood, a group of high powered Victorian police officers and former MPs who may or may not swapped favours before being investigated in 2011.

Book Review: Adam MacDougall's "The Man Plan" (2015)

The Man Plan is a no-nonsense health and fitness book specifically designed for the modern individual. It is targeted at men in particular and those who have become complacent about their health and confused by the inundation of messages about fad diets and fitness plans while the Western world battle a burgeoning obesity epidemic. The Man Plan is designed to be practical and offer some real solutions to some big problems that are often overlooked.

Book Review: Tricia Stringer's "Heart Of The Country" (2015)

Heart Of The Country is a historical fiction novel that lives up to its name. The book is by Tricia Stringer who has lived in rural Australia for many years and really gets at the heart and core of this great, Southern land. This novel is the first in what should be an extremely enjoyable and promising trilogy and slice of Australiana.

Book Review: Kooshyar Karimi's "Leila's Secret" (2015)

Leila’s Secret is the second autobiographical book by the award-winning, Iranian-Australian author, Kooshyar Karimi. It is a controversial story that is likely to anger people because there will be those that vehemently agree and others that disagree with his views on religion in Iran. Karimi is ultimately a great storyteller that offers a book that is compelling and easy-to-read, despite tackling some very difficult subjects.

Book Review: "Seasons of War" by Christopher Lee (2015)

The Battle of Gallipoli may be one of the most widely-covered in Australian military history, but now and then something new comes along that provides a fresh take on the campaign that tragically and needlessly took so many young lives a hundred years ago. Paul McBride reviews Seasons of War by Christopher Lee.

Book Review: Whitewash to Whitewash (Penguin, 2015)

Whitewash to Whitewash: Australian Cricket's Years of Struggle and Summer of Riches by Daniel Brettig, published by Penguin Books Australia tells a story that could be called a great comeback tale of modern times. For those following Cricket Australia over the past few years, stating that it has been a tumultuous period is about as obvious a statement as Shane Watson is still to live up to his potential. The whitewash of the English touring side in 2007 was bookended by the retirements of Glen McGrath, Shane Warne and Justin Langer. The exit of McGrath and Warne spelt the exit of a combined 1200 Test match wickets alone. The next seven years saw the side move through turmoil on and off the field that was characterised by events such as the Monkeygate saga and the fall of Andre Symonds, the Katich/Clarke confrontation and David Warner’s late night boxing match at the walkabout.

Book Review: Dana Thomas' "Gods and Kings: The Rise and Fall of Alexander McQueen and John Galliano" (2015)

The fashion industry is a dynamic yet fickle world. Focussing on the perpetual cycle of vicious competition and the struggle to remain relevant, Dana Thomas has formed a compelling insight with her true-to-life novel, Gods and Kings. Revolving around the rise and fall of John Galliano and Alexander McQueen, Thomas delves deep into the past to unearth the grittiest details and utmost extremes.

the AU interview: Australian Author Christopher Lee talks about his new war novel "Seasons of War" (Out Now)

Editor Larry Heath, recently caught up with Christopher Lee, Australian author of Bush Week, Howzat! Kerry Packer's War, and screenwriter responsible for such shows as Stringer and Police Rescue on the release date of his newest book. Here we find out more about Lee's latest literary release, Seasons of War.

the AU interview: Author Lisa Joy (Melbourne) talks about her book "Yes Chef!" and Following Your Bliss

We chatted with Lisa Joy on the release of her first novel, detailing the chaotic life of the restaurant scene and the lives of the people inside it. Basing it loosely on her own experiences, we delved deeper in the story behind it.