By Sally Seltmann
Sally Seltmann has made some great music but her debut novel ‘Lovesome’ is cynical & unimaginative. Art student Joni & rock-star friend Annabelle are sooo obviously both BOTH Seltmann herself it’s embarrasing. Ergo, their carefree adventures of 1995 in affluent inner Sydney, at quirky French bistros, photoshoots & vintage markets, scan as spacey conceit. There are about 3 pages of tension total, involving crushes who are also visual artists & musicians. Jonis’ (read: Seltmann’s) goofy, hopeless romanticism is endearing & sweet, but her pretentious undertones are distracting & ultimately irritating. Recommended for: Teen fic lovers only, especially those already dreaming about imminent artskool lyfe…
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The most breathtakingly beautiful detective story you will ever watch. This almost- biography of Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh is animated with 65,000 oil paintings! More than 100 painters in 20 countries brought it to life, and there’s genuinely nothing like it. If you have even the faintest interest in film, art, or animation, or love a good ol’ ‘whodunnit?’, Loving Vincent is unmissable. Grab the blu-ray edition for an exceptionally stunning viewing experience.
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This film is also on Kanopy, our free streaming app!
By Ino Kuvacic
Lots of simple, rustic ideas drawing on traditional Croation produce like tomato, fresh seafood, potato, onion and garlic. Everything from snacks through to sweet desserts!
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By Clive James
This critically acclaimed autobiography is regarded of one of the best ever written – possibly because so much of it isn’t true! What it is though, is very funny. We experience 1950s Sydney though a child’s eyes, and there’s mercifully few glimpses of the leery, out-of-touch old man James eventually became…
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Spark Joy by Marie Kondo
I predict that you (like me) will enjoy this book, embrace its ideas about tidiness and minimalism, gush at its elegant simplicity and find yourself energised and motivated, only to discover that your home remains in perfect disarray… prove me wrong!
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A rare first-hand account of daily life for North Korea’s most fortunate young adults. Slipping incognito into the regime quickly renders Kim, a hardened western journalist, despondent. This is a vital and ultimately heartbreaking read.
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Push past the esoteric backdrop, and you will discover a uniquely suspenseful (and disturbing) debut novel. Reading it is like circling in a basin, ever faster with each lap, until, on the last line of the last page, you are finally and forever sucked down the plug hole.
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