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Book review: <i>Truth</i> by Peter Temple


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A young girl is found naked and dead in one of Melbourne's newest, most secure residential buildings on top of a casino. The players are powerful, and nobody's talking. Three bodies are found tortured to death in a house in Oakleigh, there are no breaks in the case, or the the stifling Melbourne bushfire summer. For the head of homicide, it's a matter of keeping on.

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Book review: <i>Balsamic Dreams, A Short But Self-Important History of the Baby Boomer Generation</i> by Joe Queenan


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If this was edited with a hatchet, you'd get half a funny book; you could then threaten the author with the hatchet until he produced the other half.

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Book review: <i>No Logo</i> by Naomi Klein


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If this was... my copy of the book, handed to Ms Klein, I'd be interested to hear her thoughts. My brother bought it in Thailand and it's obviously pirated. The cover looks OK until you try to bend it, the body paper is almost transparent, and there's evidence of low-grade scanning every other page. Large-scale piracy of Western goods, as the flipside of sweatshop labour, is a topic she leaves untouched.

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Book review: <i>Middlesex</i> by Jeffrey Eugenides



For me, Middlesex is one of those rare and wondrous stories which is so richly created and so complex that I would be afraid to try and sum it up because I would invariably miss out something important. It is historical, mythological, generational, deeply personal, and extremely thought provoking. It is also fabulously well written.

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