Kara Nicholson

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Review — 20 Apr 2023

Forbidden Notebook by Alba de Céspedes & Ann Goldstein (trans.)

It is late autumn in 1950 and 43-year-old Valeria goes out to buy cigarettes for her husband. In the tobacco shop, she sees a stack of black, shiny, thick notebooks…

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Blog post — 16 Nov 2022

2022 Sustainability favourites

Bookseller and environmental advocate Kara Nicholson takes us through her top picks from this year that focus on the environment and living sustainably.

The Climate Book created by Greta Thunberg

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Review — 31 Aug 2022

Humanity’s Moment: A Climate Scientist’s Case for Hope by Joëlle Gergis

If there is only one nonfiction book you read this year, it really should be this one. Its author, Joëlle Gergis, is one of Australia’s leading climate scientists and she…

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Review — 28 Jun 2022

Holy Woman: A Divine Adventure by Louise Omer

Louise Omer was not born into a religious family. Like many teenagers, she began to feel like an outsider during adolescence, rejected by friends and her twin brother, Ben, who…

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Review — 1 May 2022

The Premonitions Bureau by Sam Knight

In 2019 writer and journalist Sam Knight wrote an article that appeared in The New Yorker. It was titled ‘The psychiatrist who believed people could tell the future’. Knight found…

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Review — 28 Mar 2022

The Burnished Sun by Mirandi Riwoe

My introduction to the work of Mirandi Riwoe was through her much-praised literary novel Stone Sky Gold Mountain, a beautifully written reimagining of Australian colonial history set in the…

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Review — 2 Mar 2022

Australiana by Yumna Kassab

This is Yumna Kassab’s second novel and, as the name suggests, it is a collection of stories and ideas from an assembly of characters that together represent a narrative of…

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Review — 29 Mar 2020

Stone Sky Gold Mountain by Mirandi Riwoe

Although Stone Sky Gold Mountain is only Mirandi Riwoe’s second work of literary fiction (her first, Fish Girl, was shortlisted for the Stella Prize), she has also written three…

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Review — 6 Sep 2021

My Friend Fox by Heidi Everett

Heidi Everett meets her friend the fox on a rainy, winter’s night in Melbourne. She has been walking for two weeks. The encounter is life-changing as the fox helps her…

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