Book Review: Survival, love, and circus clowns abound in Sue Smethurst’s The Freedom Circus

The first time Sue Smethurst sat down with her husband’s grandmother and asked about her experiences during the Holocaust, she was shooed away. Surrounded by fellow survivors in the Montefiroe Jewish nursing home in Melbourne, Mindla (pronounced Marnya) Horowitz felt no need to share her story. Everyone around her had one much the same, after all.

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Book Review: Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish’s Highlands travelogue Clanlands is one for the Outlander faithful

Last year, Outlander stars Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish set off for the Scottish Highlands in a questionable campervan, keen to explore more of the country they grew up in. From Glencoe to Culloden and countless lochs and castles in between, Clanlands is a record of their adventure filming what would eventually become Starz doco series Men In Kilts, due to hit TV screens early next year.

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Book Review: Gothic fairytale comes to small town Australia in Kathleen Jennings’ Flyaway

When Bettina Scott’s father and brothers disappeared, her mother took charge. The wild ways of her childhood were over, and Bettina was moulded into a proper young lady. But, when a mysterious letter arrives and a painted warning appears on their perfect picket fence, Bettina is forced to confront what really happened all those years ago, questioning everything she remembers.

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