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Currently Reading - A Question of Power, Michelle Schwarz

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A Question of Power - The Geoff Clark Case is a book on the story of a man who spent his life gaining power only to be accused of its ultimate abuse.

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Geoff Clark was once the most powerful Aboriginal man in Australia.  As chairman of ATSIC, he was at the pinnacle of his career when, in 2001, newspaper reports revealed that four women accused him of rape.  The crimes they described were brutal - but the claims, dating back to the 1970s, were difficult to test.

Currently Reading - My Life, Roberta Williams

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The death of my beautiful German Shepherd Phoenix earlier this week means I'm looking for books at the moment that distract, and to be honest I wasn't convinced I wanted to read My Life by the wife of Carl Williams - Roberta.  Tied up with the gangland wars in Melbourne, Roberta was married to Carl at a time when he became one of the most prolific killers in Melbourne's history.  This book is very much told in her own voice, but more on that when I get a chance to put some semi-coherent comments together.

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Children's Author Fired up over Neglect of 'Tweens' Literature

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CHILDREN’S AUTHOR FIRED UP OVER NEGLECT OF ‘’’TWEENS’ LITERATURE

Melbourne children’s writer, Goldie Alexander, is so fired up about the lack of media and critical attention to ‘‘tweens’ books – for readers between eight and twelve  – that she’s surprised hedges all over Melbourne haven’t gone up in smoke in sympathy . 

Currently Reading - The Billionaire's Curse, Richard Newsome

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Text have started an annual prize to be awarded to an outstanding unpublished manuscript, aiming to discover wonderful new books for young adults and children by Australian and New Zealand writers.  The Billionaire's Curse is the first winner.

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Gerald has become the richest thirteen-year-old on the planet.  The world's most valuable diamond has been stolen, and it seems there has been a murder.  Now Gerald's life is in danger.

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'Nothing ... is ... certain!'

Currently Reading - Innocent Blood, Elizabeth Corley

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Having really enjoyed an earlier book by this author, I'd been looking at this one on the review stack for a while now.  (And I have read it now, I'm doing a spot of catching up around here).

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DCI Andrew Fenwick is on a tough case.  The Choir Boy investigation, a project outside ordinary police jurisdiction, aims to expose an infamous and increasingly powerful paedophile ring.  Moreover, with eleven-year-old schoolboy Sam Bowyers missing every second counts.

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Currently Reading - Wonderful Today, Pattie Boyd

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This is a review book I was sent forever ago, which I've been meaning to pick up. 

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Pattie Boyd was at the heart of the Sixties revolution; the most famous muse in the history of rock 'n' roll.  She married both George Harrison and Eric Clapton - two of the most addictive, promiscuous musical geniuses of the twentieth century - and inspired Harrison's Something and Clapton's Lalya.

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Currently Reading - Stonedogs, Craig Marriner

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I was alerted to this writer by somebody who dropped in here a while ago with a comment and, needless to say, had to get hold of a copy. 

I'm really behind with review writing at the moment and I promise to extract that digit later in the week - but in the meantime I'm churning through some book reading!

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Currently Reading - The Tourist, Olen Steinhauer

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I wonder if anyone else has "one of those authors that I've never read and know I should have"?  Olen Steinhauer's definitely in that category for me - I've been hoarding his books for years now (I think 4_Mystery_Addicts got me interested in the first place) and ever since then I've never had a chance to pick one up.  I was particularly chuffed to get a copy of THE TOURIST as a review book because I just had to pick it up... didn't I!

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Currently Reading - The Death of Bunny Munro, Nick Cave

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Approaching a book by one of your all time favourite musicians is particularly fraught when you're fully aware that Nick Cave doesn't do anything mainstream.  I've never really understood why I like his music so much as it often explores themes and meaning that I'm less than interested in, but there you go, there's some sort of visceral appeal I guess.  So with INTO MY ARMS cycling around in the back of my head, The Death of Bunny Munro it is.

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