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THE WORST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD by Patsy Trench
I purchased a printed edition of this book – it’s a beautifully realised project about a fascinating subject. Many Australians feel confident about knowing our own history, but Trench’s objective eye reveals many little-known truths about the settlement of Australia by Europeans in the late 1700s and early 1800s. Far from being a crusty history book, this title brings the past to vivid life, with a fascinating approach to evoking the past. A must-read for anyone into Australian history, and explorations of Australian identity. Reviewed by Michael Burge. Check out Michael’s reviews on Goodreads.

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SWEET SURRENDER by Mary Moody
After all of her escapades and adventures, Mary has come full circle and has embraced surrendering to the inevitable. Surrendering to ageing, to the pull of family, to the happiness derived from a life that is centred on others as well as herself, and to the undeniable influence of her parents and her family on the person she is. It’s been a journey that has taught her a lot, but in the end the needs of her family – her four children and her grandchildren – turned out to be a lot more important than her French affairs.

 
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