BookshopSydney Morning Herald - October 27, 2013
The Incredible Here and Now
Felicity Castagna's novel is securely rooted in its sense of place, most specifically in the suburbs of western Sydney. Fifteen-year-old Michael knows his neighbourhood intimately; he traverses the streets and hero-worships his older brother Dom, and hangs out with best mate Shadi. All is well until one day a tragic event upends his world. The Incredible Here and Now is narrated in short, sharp chapters.
Allen & Unwin, A$22.99
Phryne Fisher is back with her 20th novel. This one is set in Melbourne in 1929, and concerns the murder of an orchestral conductor. (The title refers to his death via sheafs of Mendelssohn shoved down his throat.) ''Seems excessive, even as musical criticism,'' murmurs Phryne archly. Again, DI Jack Robinson requires her assistance to unravel a case involving code-breaking, spies, maths, music and, yes, more murders.
Edited by Saskia Adams
A collection of more than 100 feel-good stories, mostly about rescue animals. Aside from the usual cats and dogs, there are rabbits, horses, chickens, wombats, ferrets and penguins. Many have been saved from distressing situations and have been adopted into new families. In some cases these pets have ended up ''rescuing'' their owners, like the labrador that helped her owner overcome her depression, anxiety and agoraphobia. A sweet tribute to creatures great and small.
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