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Book talk: 3 new novels by Australian authors

Jeff Popple reviews three new novels by Australian authors. More of Jeff’s reviews can be found on his blog: murdermayhemandlongdogs.com Consolation by Garry Disher Text, $32.99 Few, if any, authors do outback crime as well...

“An eventful two decades”: Newcastle captured in new book

A little girl catching raindrops in King Street, the Pasha Bulker, COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter movement are moments in history that have been captured by a new book. Newcastle duo Greg...

Paterson’s history recorded in pages of new book

A new book is set to explore the people, places and buildings around Paterson to help shed light on the Lower Hunter town's history. Written by local Alison Pitkin and published by the...

Newcastle author pens series that began as a gift

Julie Keating is a Novocastrian who loves local history. The retired librarian says she savours the time spent researching her favourite topic, Newcastle in the 1800s. Ms Keating published Adamstown and Broadmeadow: The early...

Book talk: Books about entertainers

Jeff Popple reviews three books involving actors, musicians and a television presenter. More of Jeff’s reviews can be found on his blog.

Chasing the Moon captures Newcastle’s magic

When her two-year-old daughter couldn't sleep, Liesel Rickarby's husband began a tradition of driving her around Newcastle, until she finally dozed off. The weary first-time dad would pass some of the city's most...

Novelist inspired by Tudor dynasty

A Newcastle-based author has penned a sequel in her much-acclaimed young adult Tudor romance series. Natalie Murray, daughter of the revered SBS football commentator Les Murray, recently released Emmie and the Tudor Queen,...

Children’s book a “lifesaver” after cancer diagnosis

Talented illustrator Nandina Vines says working on a children's book during her treatment for breast cancer proved to be a "lifesaver". Ms Vines, who was always a keen drawer, enjoyed a long-lasting and...

Book talk: Enjoyable new releases

This week, Michael Popple looks at three enjoyable new releases from a trio of popular authors.

Prize-winning novelist to share his work

A new online event is set to bring award-winning writer Richard Flanagan to Newcastle. The Booker Prize-winning novelist will join journalist Jennifer Byrne for a discussion about his highly anticipated new book The...

Childhood discoveries kickstart new book series

Neil Patterson spent his childhood dreaming of living in Australia. He remembers as a young boy seeing photographs of his three cousins “playing on a sunny beach somewhere” and feeling “envious to the...

Knitting, tatting, and a nervous breakdown

When her boss claimed her conversations were “going around in circles” and suggested she needed to “go home”, Alison Evans knew something wasn’t quite right. She had always been a confident, capable, strong...

Book talk: The Dirty South

Jeff Popple reviews the latest excellent novel by John Connolly, The Dirty South. More of Jeff’s reviews can be found on his blog.

A collection of memories from life in the Holy Land

It was returning from war-torn countries and friends asking him to regale his experiences that led to Greg Blaze becoming a published author. The Novocastrian civil engineer, who played a leading role in...

Book talk: Historical fiction

This week, Michael Popple looks at three exceptional pieces of historical fiction. You can find more of Michael’s book reviews on his blog.

City unveils state-of-the art digital library

The most digitally advanced library in NSW opened its doors today on the ground floor of the City of Newcastle’s new Customer Service Centre in Newcastle West.   The Digital Library offers visitors a range of state-of-the-art digital technologies, including a podcasting...

Mum’s book a unique way to share memories

When Kate Worrall’s eldest son turned five, she felt it was time to introduce him to “Ma Debbie”. Debbie was her mother-in-law. She’d lost her battle with cancer in 2009, years before she...

Book talk: 5 Australian books for Dad

Jeff Popple reviews five great Australian books for dad this Father’s Day tomorrow (Sunday 6 September)! More of Jeff’s reviews can be found on his blog: murdermayhemandlongdogs.com. When She Was Good by Michael...

Book talk: Deadly podcast novels

This week, Jeff Popple reviews three novels about deadly podcasts! More of Jeff’s reviews can be found on his blog.

Grandma writes book to help explain coronavirus

When Janice McKay’s grandchildren started asking her why COVID-19 meant they could no longer have their regular visits, the clinical psychologist decided to write them a book to explain it. The pair, now...

Book talk: Science fiction and fantasy

This week, Michael Popple checks out three new impressive science fiction and fantasy novels.
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