Book Review: Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray is an exquisite piece of historical fiction from Anita Heiss

When the Murrumbidgee River bursts its banks and sweeps into the fledgling town of Gundgai, it is Wagadhaany’s father, Yarri, and other Wiradjuri men who come to the rescue of the trapped townsfolk.

Now an indentured servant to the Bradleys – a family who, years ago, ignored her father’s pleading not to build on the low lying land – Wagadhaany watches as the white settlers fete and celebrate their heroes, yet offer them little more than medals and a hearty “Well done!”. The town is, rightfully, grateful, but where is the tangible evidence of it? Where are the wages? The blankets? The returned land? The acknowledgement that this might have been prevented if they’d just listened to Yarri in the first place?

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Book Review: Lucy Holland’s Sistersong is a compelling folkoric fantasy, perfect for fans of Circe

The Romans have left Britain, abandoning it to warring tribes and the invading Saxons. Already set to inherit a land torn asunder, the children of King Cador and Queen Enica watch as their parents bend increasingly to the will of Gildas, an influential and dangerous Christian leader.

Under his often cruel guidance, the people of Dunbriga are forgetting the old ways, and Riva, Keyne, and Sinne feel it keenly. Without the protection of the old gods, the kingdom’s magical defences are crumbling. And when the magician Myrdhin returns, only to be rejected by his old friend the king, the siblings must tap into their own power, to forge their own destiny and save the land they call home.

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Book Review: Sharon Stone’s The Beauty of Living Twice is a unique and compelling Hollywood memoir

Not the typical Hollywood star, it stands to reason that Sharon Stone‘s The Beauty of Living Twice isn’t the typical Hollywood memoir either.

For starters, it’s beautifully written. Candid and conversational, it is at times lyrical and evocative, at others harrowing and heartbreaking. Revelations of childhood abuse, Hollywood toxicity, and the agony of recovery sit alongside the expected name-drops, charity galas, and celebrity glitz; an uneasy dichotomy that suits Stone’s narrative to a tee.

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