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Our current competition, extended until the end of September, invites you to complete the following sentence. A good novel does more than just entertain me: it also… We will give $20 vouchers for the 5 most interesting and/or original answers. Submit your answer on Facebook or fill out an entry form in-store. If you’re writer and interested in meeting with other local writers, come to the new Moe library, meeting room 4, 7pm on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of...

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The birdman’s wife – Melissa Ashley

John Gould is famous for his love of birds and for the beautiful drawings that graced his folios. But his wife, Elizabeth, was the skilled artist, behind much of his success. This exquisite historical novel tells her story. Filled with minute details on matters of ornithology and taxidermy, the author takes her reader back to the nineteenth century, a time of exploration and science, but also a time when medicine still involved potions, leeches and superstition. Women were not expected...

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How far can you go? – John MacLean with Mark Tabb

This is a truly remarkable story. John MacLean was a promising athlete until a truck ran over him on the M4 highway in Sydney in 1988. The injuries were so bad that any sort of recovery seemed unthinkable but he pulled through and, over the next several years, learned how to compete in sports such as canoeing and wheel-chair events. His accomplishments were remarkable: iron-man events, triathalons, even swimming the English Channel. But through it all, he held to the...

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Jumping at the chance – Gil Griffin

This book may be prophetic of a future trend in Australian Rules football. It tells the story of American born and bred athletes who have been finding their way to the Australian game. The story takes in Dwayne Armstrong, who was listed with Essendon in 1996, but never played at the top level, Eric Wallace, who was listed at North Melbourne but played extensively in the VFL, Mason Cox, who played senior football for Collingwood this year, and the history-making...

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