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AN­SWER THE ROUS­ING CALL TO ARMS IS­SUED BY AC­CI­DEN­TAL FEM­I­NISTS OR BE SWEPT AWAY BY A LOVE STORY SET IN TAS­MA­NIA’S BEAU­TI­FUL CRA­DLE MOUN­TAIN

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AC­CI­DEN­TAL FEM­I­NISTS Jane Caro MEL­BOURNE UNI­VER­SITY PRESS, $33

“Fem­i­nism may be an in­com­plete project, but it has never been as in­flu­en­tial or as pow­er­ful as it is to­day,” Jane Caro writes. This book is a cel­e­bra­tion of the gi­ant steps women born be­tween the mid-1940s and late-1950s — Baby Boomers — made for wom­ankind. These were young women who grew up be­liev­ing that their great­est achieve­ment would be meet­ing a “spunk”, mar­ry­ing him and hav­ing a fam­ily. But in­stead they were rev­o­lu­tion­ary, Caro says, be­com­ing the first gen­er­a­tion of women to have mostly earned their own money. Un­for­tu­nately, not ev­ery­one ben­e­fited in the same way, and Ac­ci­den­tal Fem­i­nists isa call to arms, a recog­ni­tion there is still a long way to go. One of the most crit­i­cal sit­u­a­tions in­volves older women who — due to pay in­equal­ity or hav­ing de­voted their lives to car­ing for their hus­bands and chil­dren — have sud­denly found them­selves wid­owed or di­vorced and are living in dire fi­nan­cial cir­cum­stances or are home­less. Ev­ery woman, but es­pe­cially ev­ery man, needs to read this.

SHEL­LEY HAD­FIELD

THIRTY THOU­SAND BOT­TLES OF WINE AND A PIG CALLED HELGA Todd Alexan­der SI­MON & SCHUS­TER, $33

Sick of the hus­tle and bus­tle of cor­po­rate Syd­ney, Todd and Jeff up stumps and luck upon an es­tab­lished prop­erty in the Hunter Val­ley. This dream-come-true plot has vines, an olive grove and plenty of space to build bou­tique ac­com­mo­da­tion. So be­gins Alexan­der’s retelling of their jour­ney, warts and all. The cou­ple’s ev­ery step, blun­der and achieve­ment is told with a com­i­cal touch, from coping with horny pigs and pam­pered chick­ens, to their first vin­tage and bun­gled recipes. There is plenty of self-dep­re­cat­ing hu­mour lit­tered through­out this tale, but at times it feels like a fleshed-out di­ary, a step-bystep ac­count of re­ject­ing city life for the ul­ti­mate tree change. Some read­ers will love this but more of Alexan­der’s witty and droll ob­ser­va­tions on life rather than a chrono­log­i­cal break­down of their jour­ney would have made this tale a far more sump­tu­ous treat.

PAUL HUNTER

KIN­DRED Kate Legge THE MIEGUNYAH PRESS, $45

Gus­tav Wein­dor­fer was an Aus­trian am­a­teur botanist who ar­rived in Mel­bourne in 1900 and fell in love with the Aus­tralian bush. He also fell in love with a feisty, in­de­pen­dent woman, Kate Cowie. They mar­ried, moved to Tas­ma­nia and be­gan ex­plor­ing the Cen­tral High­lands. Af­ter a visit to Cra­dle Moun­tain, the Wein­dor­fers be­came de­ter­mined to re­veal its beauty to oth­ers. They built a chalet, to which they in­vited peo­ple from around the world. Dur­ing WWI, Kate died and Gus­tav came un­der sus­pi­cion of be­ing a spy be­cause of his an­ces­try, but nev­er­the­less car­ried on his work of both pro­mot­ing and pro­tect­ing the Tassie wilder­ness. Au­thor Legge has gained ac­cess to jour­nals, per­sonal cor­re­spon­dence and pho­to­graphs to tell the story of this re­mark­able cou­ple. Al­though she is never quite sure whether she is writ­ing a love story, a his­tory or a pic­to­rial trav­el­ogue, she still evokes an im­pres­sive sense of time and place.

JEFF MAYNARD

BLOOD OR­ANGE Har­riet Tyce HA­CHETTE, $33

It’s hard to find a char­ac­ter to like in this book un­til their weak­nesses are re­vealed. Be­hind the big-not­ing, drunken, high-fly­ing bravado of the Lon­don le­gal pro­fes­sion is a truly messed-up world. The in­sight is shock­ing as we fol­low bar­ris­ter Ali­son through her first mur­der, her ca­reer on the rise. But it’s not just the facts of the new case that are dis­turb­ing but also her own life as it rapidly un­rav­els. Ali­son’s priv­i­leged pri­vate life with an ador­ing six-yearold daugh­ter and a home­body hus­band con­trasts sharply with her heavy drink­ing, af­fairs, risk tak­ing and sex at work. Add to that a mur­der ac­cused des­per­ate to plead guilty, an in­struct­ing so­lic­i­tor act­ing on the edge of the law, and a stalker, and Ali­son’s pri­vate and work lives are clev­erly en­twined in an edgy de­but novel by au­thor and for­mer crim­i­nal bar­ris­ter Har­riet Tyce. A dark psy­cho­log­i­cal thriller that will have you sec­ond guess­ing un­til the very end.

KA­RINA BARRYMORE

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