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Books+Publishing’s latest Reviews newsletter contains 11 reviews of books publishing in October and November.

Gabriella Coslovich’s investigation of an alleged art fraud in Australia, Whiteley on Trial (MUP, October), received five stars from reviewer Clive Tilsley. He writes: ‘From the dramatis personae of the opening pages—the Suspect Paintings, the Authentic Painting and the Individuals—I was taken by this story of true crime and courtroom drama.’

Tilsley also gave four-and-a-half stars to former Australian Greens leader Christine Milne’s memoir An Activist Life (UQP, November), which is based around ‘objects’ that illustrate the author’s life, ideas and actions. ‘Milne has long been acknowledged as one of the best political brains to come out of Tasmania, and the stories in this book demonstrate astute political judgement, unerring conviction and genuine compassion for other humans,’ writes Tilsley.

Also reviewed are:

Fiction:

Atlantic Black (A S Patric, Transit Lounge, November); Deadly Kerfuffle (Tony Martin, Affirm, November); The Greatest Gift (Rachael Johns, HQ, November); The Passage of Love (Alex Miller, A&U, November); and Sherlock Holmes: The Australian Casebook (ed by Christopher Sequiera, Echo, November)

Poetry:

Domestic Interior (Fiona Wright, Giramondo, November)

Nonfiction:

Can You Hear the Sea? My Grandmother’s Story (Brenda Niall, Text, November), Homecamp (Doron and Stephanie Francis, Hardie Grant, November) and Incorrigible Optimist: A Political Memoir (Gareth Evans, MUP, October).

This issue also features interviews with Gabriella Coslovich and Tony Martin.

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