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KERRY O’BRIEN: A MEM­OIR Kerry O’Brien

A Walk­ley award win­ning jour­nal­ist, Kerry O’Brien has wit­nessed, re­ported on and ex­plained life-chang­ing events to mil­lions of Aus­tralians through­out his decades long ca­reer.In his mem­oir, writ­ten with wit and great in­sight, he shares ex­pe­ri­ences of in­ter­view­ing Nel­son Man­dela and be­ing re­buked by Mar­garet Thatcher; re­flects on les­sons learned and those ig­nored and of­fers his thoughts on the strengths –and the weak­nesses –of pub­lic fig­ures..This tells the story of a pri­vate life and the world events that were play­ing out in the back­ground, lived in the pub­lic eye. Highly re­spected over a ca­reer that spans 50 years, Kerry O’Brien has spe­cialised in na­tional pol­i­tics for the ABC as well as the Seven and Ten tele­vi­sion net­works, and was a press sec­re­tary to La­bor leader Gough Whit­lam.

KILL SHOT Gary Disher

Au­thor Garry Disher has writ­ten over 50 fic­tion and non-fic­tion ti­tles for adults and chil­dren. His lat­est novel is ‘Kill Shot’. Read­ers of ‘The Heat’ will wel­come back Wy­att, a thief who has been get­ting by on the pro­ceeds of one-man bur­glar­ies where he can work alone. Then he hears about a cor­po­rate crook -about to skip bail to avoid cer­tain jail time on a lux­ury yacht with a mil­lion dol­lars in cash, some­thing Wy­att thinks he should get him­self into. Set in Syd­ney and New­cas­tle, ‘Kill Shot’ is an­other ex­am­ple of why Garry Disher is con­sid­ered one of Aus­tralia’s finest crime writ­ers.

BRIDGE OF CLAY Markus Zusak

I loved this book! I be­came so in­volved with the lives of the five Dun­bar and their par­ents that I didn’t want the 579 page-book to end. It was a bit hard to get into as the style is Zusak’s own –metaphor­i­cal and whim­si­cal and oc­ca­sion­ally al­lu­sional –but once you get past the first 70 pages it whizzes along. The old­est brother Matthew is the nar­ra­tor, but it is Clay who is at the heart of the story, link­ing the past with the present. All the broth­ers are in­stantly recog­nis­able by their words and ac­tions, but it is the smil­ing Clay of few words who is the link back to their beloved mother, Pene­lope, the teller of sto­ries and the lynch­pin of their lives. A won­der­ful read.

WARLIGHT Michael On­daatje

In their mid-teens, Nathaniel and his sis­ter are ef­fec­tively aban­doned by their par­ents, grow­ing up loosely su­per­vised by a mot­ley crew of guardians. Now, as an adult em­ployed in the For­eign Of­fice ar­chives, Nathaniel is con­duct­ing his own clan­des­tine in­ves­ti­ga­tions, grad­u­ally mak­ing sense of his teen years and dis­cov­er­ing the un­der­cur­rents of de­cep­tion and in­trigue that played out well be­yond the war years. There is fan­tas­tic im­agery in this at­mo­spheric tale-in the ec­cen­tric char­ac­ters and the co­a­lesc­ing strands of Natha­nial’s mem­o­ries-set against a back­drop of Lon­don and its cit­i­zens rac­ing back to nor­mal­ity after the war. I loved it.

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