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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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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.  

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CREATING WAVES
by Michael Burge 

After several careers that went off the rails more times than he cares to acknowledge, author Michael Burge took to journalism at the age of forty and has felt it necessary to look over his shoulder ever since! Taking jobs that nobody else wanted because the pay was crap and the prospects zero, Michael found a lifeboat in an industry that was starting to sink faster than theTitanicCreating Waves is a collection of his hardest-hitting and most heartfelt articles, published in Australian and overseas news sites, including Fairfax Media, NoFibs and Gay Star News.

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