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Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl

Despite the rather lofty title this book is genuinely readable, and not at all as impenetrable as one might imagine. The book is divided into two parts: the first recounts the author’s altogether horrific experiences of being a Jew in several of the Second World War’s most notorious concentration camps. The second part of the […]

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The True Cost of Cheaper Books

A debate is raging and raging hard in the Australian publishing industry. Yeah woteva you may scoff but as readers of books, or as people with pretensions of reading books, this does effect you. Some time ago, the Australian Government asked the Australian Productivity Commission (APC) to have a look at whether or not the […]

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Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

Set amidst the turmoil of Henry VIII’s struggle against The Vatican, and Thomas More’s equally epic struggle against Thomas Cromwell  Hilary Mantel’s lastest work of historical fiction Wolf Hall sets out to make us rethink our assumptions about the story’s key figures. So many of our thoughts of this turbulent time in British history is […]

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Home wins Orange Prize, praise and prattle

Marilynne Robinson’s Home has just been awarded the Orange Prize for Literature. It is however well worth having a squiz at the announcement over at the Guardian Books website as the response to the news raises some interesting questions about whether the awarding of special prizes for women writers adds much needed focus and attention […]

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