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Magazine Issue DateD1.24.03 Mar 2024

Anithia: Ancestry of Awakening (Book Two) by Lee Lehner

Anithia: Ancestry of Awakening (Book Two) by Lee Lehner

Isola Destin is back in the quest to cultivate her couturier gift that was  bestowed upon her in book one where we ...
‘Join Jackson’s Journey’ series by Renata Roberts

‘Join Jackson’s Journey’ series by Renata Roberts

Renata Roberts is on a mission to help teach some valuable lessons to little readers. With her work in human ...
Under the Tamarind Tree by Nigar Alam

Under the Tamarind Tree by Nigar Alam

Set in Karachi, Pakistan and alternating between two time periods, Under the Tamarind Tree is an appealing debut ...
Stories That Want to Be Told by Judith Neilson Institute

Stories That Want to Be Told by Judith Neilson Institute

This series of nine long-form essays is the result of a mentoring program where emerging writers are paired with ...
The Star on the Grave by Linda Margolin Royal

The Star on the Grave by Linda Margolin Royal

  In Sydney 1968 everything changes when Rachel Margol finds out her name is Rachel Margolin. Everything ...
Birdsong by the Billabong by Maura Finn and Cate James

Birdsong by the Billabong by Maura Finn and Cate James

As we walk down to the billabong to see what we can see, the sun is shining bright. Over near the tea trees, where ...
The Vulnerables by Sigrid Nunez

The Vulnerables by Sigrid Nunez

While The Vulnerables is a pandemic story, it is more an exploration on the thought process of a writer in ...
The Brainiacs Book of the Body and Brain by Rosie Cooper

The Brainiacs Book of the Body and Brain by Rosie Cooper

This informative book is an enjoyable tour of what's going inside our bodies. Rosie Cooper kicks off with the ...
The Bullet Swallower by Elizabeth Gonzales James

The Bullet Swallower by Elizabeth Gonzales James

There just aren’t enough superlatives to describe how good this book is. It’s an epic of Greek myth proportions, ...
The Broken Wave by Matthew Ryan Davies

The Broken Wave by Matthew Ryan Davies

Drew Iverson is a writer from Minneapolis, working on his second novel. His first wasn’t hugely successful: ...
Rabbit Hole by Kate Brody

Rabbit Hole by Kate Brody

Rabbit Hole is a well-intentioned, beautifully written novel about mental illness and a life derailed by internet ...
Justice and Hope by Raimond Gaita

Justice and Hope by Raimond Gaita

Raymond Gaita is a philosopher best known for his memoir Romulus, My Father. Gaita was born in post-war Germany ...
To and Fro by Anton Clifford-Motopi

To and Fro by Anton Clifford-Motopi

Sam is in his last year of primary school ... well, it will be the last year so long as he passes his assessments, ...
Maya’s Dance by Helen Signy

Maya’s Dance by Helen Signy

Maya's Dance is an inspiring novel is based on the true story of a Holocaust survivor. Maya is only 17 when she ...
The Mystery Guest by Nita Prose

The Mystery Guest by Nita Prose

Molly the maid, who we first met in The Maid, is back. Life has looked up since the murder of Mr Black: she is now ...
History’s Angel by Anjum Hasan

History’s Angel by Anjum Hasan

Alif is an idealistic history teacher of nine-year-olds in Delhi. He is an Indian Muslim, living through a time ...
The Night Parade by Jami Nakamura Lin

The Night Parade by Jami Nakamura Lin

Jami Nakamura Lin was not diagnosed with bipolar disorder until she was 17. Until that age she was always angry, ...
Making It So: A memoir by Patrick Stewart

Making It So: A memoir by Patrick Stewart

Mirfield in the 'working-class corner of Northern England’. Patrick’s father, a highly respected regimental ...
The Mystery Writer by Sulari Gentill

The Mystery Writer by Sulari Gentill

Gentill is a prolific writer: 10 books already in the ‘Rowland Sinclair’ series, plus the 'Hero Trilogy'. And this ...
The Secret Wild by Alex Evelyn

The Secret Wild by Alex Evelyn

Fern Featherstone is 10 years old. Her parents – mum, Defina, and dad, Darwin – are both scientists hunting for ...
The Storm We Made by Vanessa Chan

The Storm We Made by Vanessa Chan

Cecily is desperate to be more than a housewife to a low-level bureaucrat in British-colonised Malaya. A chance ...

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