Book Reviews

Bone and Beauty the Ribbon Boys’ Rebellion by Jeanette M. Thompson

Bone and Beauty the Ribbon Boys’ Rebellion by Jeanette M. Thompson A well-researched piece of oft-forgotten Australian history, crafted into a very readable and digestible narrative non-fiction. In 1830, an Irish group of rebels, the Ribbon Boys, liberate eighty convicts from Bathurst farms and lead them inland to freedom. Needless to say, Governor Darling is …

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Napoleon’s Beekeeper by José Luis de Juan, translated by Elizabeth Bryer

Napoleon’s Beekeeper by José Luis de Juan, translated by Elizabeth Bryer

Napoleon’s Beekeeper  by José Luis de Juan, translated by Elizabeth Bryer An award-winning, poetical and lyrical novella exploring of how Napoleon’s war strategies parallel the behaviour of bee colonies. Set during his exile on the island of Elbe, it is told from the perspective of both N. and the local beekeeper and interweaves recorded history …

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Desire Lines by Felicity Volk

Desire Lines by Felicity Volk An epic truth-telling of love and lies and longing wrapped around Australia’s memorable points in recent history, starting with the stolen and forgotten generations. To quote page 299: In the end, the heart knows what it wants and it won’t be stopped. Beautifully crafted.