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Hell or high water.
Author: Mackenzie, David, 1966-, film director. -- Sheridan, Taylor, screenwriter. -- Pine, Chris, 1980-, actor. -- Bridges, Jeff, 1949-, actor. -- Foster, Ben, 1980-, actor.
Publisher: Australia Distributed by Madman Entertainment, [2016] -- ©2016
Review by: Catnip  on: 17/10/2017 1:59:25 PM
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This is the story of a small town called Beckford. A river runs through it and there is a place called “The Drowning Pool”. In the past it was a place to drown witches. “Beckford is not a suicide spot. Beckford is a place to get rid of troublesome women,” writes Nel, who is obsessed with the place and is writing a book about it. Then Nel becomes one of the dead women. This is the second novel by Paula Hawkins after her popular book The girl on the train. What this book has in common with that one is that it is told by different characters, but there are more of them and the stories are also set in different times. As long as you can keep track of them it is something that works well and keeps you interested. Like The girl on the train it is also a book about how people’s memories and interpretations of an event can be very different and the consequences this can have. It is a dark book but very compelling.
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The inexplicably long and excruciatingly embarrassing reign of captain Abbott / Andrew P. Street.
Author: Street, Andrew P., author. -- Abbott, Tony, 1957- -- Liberal Party of Australia.
Publisher: Sydney : Allen & Unwin, 2015. -- Crows Nest, N.S.W. Allen & Unwin, 2015. -- ©2015
Review by: Farr, Benjamin Mr  on: 9/10/2017 7:14:16 PM
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A fun light-read about a not so-fun dark period of history in Australia.
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Thirty days : a journey to the end of love / Mark Raphael Baker.
Author: Baker, Mark Raphael, 1959-, author. -- Baker, Kerryn. -- Baker, Mark Raphael, 1959-
Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. The Text Publishing Company, 2017. -- ©2017
Review by: Farr, Benjamin Mr  on: 9/10/2017 7:11:05 PM
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A phenomenally personal raw and honest account of a husband's love for his wife. Incredible.
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Bad feminist : essays / Roxane Gay.
Author: Gay, Roxane, author. -- Gay, Roxane -- Anecdotes.
Publisher: New York Harper Perennial, [2014] -- ©2014
Review by: iloveny  on: 9/10/2017 12:59:39 PM
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Sharp funny eloquent intelligent. I could read and re-read.
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A god in ruins / Kate Atkinson.
Author: Atkinson, Kate, author.
Publisher: London : Doubleday, 2015. -- London Doubleday [2015] -- ©2015
Review by: iloveny  on: 9/10/2017 12:23:53 PM
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Heartbreaking powerful. Stayed with me long after the final page read.
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1001 natural wonders you must see before you die / Michael Bright.
Author: Bright, Michael.
Publisher: Wingfield, S. Aust. : Cameron House, 2005.
Review by: iloveny  on: 9/10/2017 12:22:30 PM
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Beautiful inspiring.
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The power / Naomi Alderman.
Author: Alderman, Naomi, author.
Publisher: London Penguin Books, 2017. -- ©2016
Review by: iloveny  on: 9/10/2017 12:12:34 PM
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Engrossing powerful page turning.
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The power / Naomi Alderman ; [illustrations by Marsh Davies].
Author: Alderman, Naomi, author. -- Davies, Marsh, illustrator.
Publisher: London, England Viking, 2016. -- ©2016
Review by: iloveny  on: 9/10/2017 12:12:23 PM
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Engrossing powerful page turning.
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The forty rules of love / Elif Shafak.
Author: Shafak, Elif, 1971-, author.
Publisher: [London] Penguin Books, 2015. -- ©2010
Review by: AlphaDeltaIndigo  on: 3/10/2017 10:26:25 AM
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this is my second time reading the book. The philosophy shared is so pleasant to read and a spiritual eye-opener
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The legend of Ben Hall.
Author: Hall, Ben, 1837-1865 -- Drama. -- Holmes, Matthew, screenwriter, film director. -- Martin, Jack, actor. -- Coffa, Jamie, actor. -- Lee, William, actor. -- Dobbin, Joanne, actor. -- Wilson, Adam, actor. -- McAuliffe, Callan, 1995-, actor.
Publisher: Australia Distributed by Pinnacle Films Pty. Ltd., [2017] -- ©2017
Review by: Catnip  on: 19/09/2017 4:29:34 PM
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Bushrangers have always been popular but films about them were actually banned by the police in three states from 1912 until the early 1940’s for fear on their impact on law and order. Just like the American outlaws of the “wild west”, people are still fascinated by them. In this film they do make an impact looking cool on their horses and for certain ladies and young men there seem to have been a glamorous appeal in this lifestyle. The film takes place towards the end of Ben Hall’s career in 1864, when all he wants to do is retire and be with his estranged son. He is travelling together with a slightly mad (and possibly gay?) Canadian called John Gilbert and a new young recruit called John Dunn. It is getting harder to rob the transports and things are starting to go very wrong. You probably know how it all ends but one reason that we still want Ben to get away with it is because despite all the crimes that he committed he still had a moral code of no killings so the ending seem unfair. The director, Matthew Holmes, has tried to tell Hall's story from facts. He worked with historian Peter Bradley, a descendant of Hall's younger brother, but there is still much had to be guessed. Jack Martin plays Ben Hall with a bit of brooding charisma and Jamie Coffa plays the unpredictable but entertaining John Gilbert. See also the good book Game by Shearston Trevor, which follows a similar storyline.
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