Jane Caro's New Book 'Plain - Speaking jane'

Australian women like Jane. She says what she thinks. In an era when public figures talk about themselves as brands, this is almost radical. In her memoir, Jane tells us that: her life is not perfect; she has given up trying to control anything; her children are not geniuses; Julia Gillard is fine but she's not a saint; and in her long career in advertising she was bullied by some of the wittiest men in Australia. She also talks frankly about her battle with anxiety. For the anxious among us - one in three Australian women are affected - this memoir offers hope. By example, Jane shows us that anxiety is not a life sentence; it can be managed so long as it is identified and treated; it should not prevent us doing the things in life that bring reward and recognition, and on the other side of anxiety lies the ultimate reward: the freedom to say and do as we please.


Jane Caro is an author, novelist, journalist, broadcaster, columnist, advertising writer and social commentator. She spent 30 years as an advertising writer and her creative work has won many national and international awards.

She appears in the media regularly. Her 6-part ABC radio series, For Better, For Worse, is now being produced as a four-part TV series for ABC Compass. Jane has also appeared on The Drum, Q&A, The Project, Daily Edition, Mornings on 9, Studio 10 and Today. She writes regular monthly columns for Mt (Management Today) Magazine and the Sun Herald's Sunday Life. She is also in demand as a speaker, workshop facilitator and MC.

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Atmosphere of Hope: Searching for Solutions to the Climate Crisis

Ten years after his internationally bestselling The Weather Makers, acclaimed scientist and author Tim Flannery argues that Earthís climate system is approaching a crisis. Catastrophe is not inevitable, but time is fast running out. In the lead-up to the United Nations Climate Change Summit to be held in Paris in December, Atmosphere of Hope provides both a snapshot of the trouble we are in and an up-to-the-minute analysis of some of the new possibilities for mitigating climate change that are emerging now.

From atmospheric carbon capture through extensive seaweed farming, CO2 snow production in Antarctica and the manufacture of carbon-rich biochar to reflecting the sunís rays by releasing sulphur into the atmosphere and painting landscapes and cities white, Flannery outlines an array of innovative technologies that give cause for hope.



Annabel Crabb and Leigh Sales Launch New Podcast, "Chat 10, Looks 3"

ABC journalists Annabel Crabb and Leigh Sales have launched an independent podcast, complete with A Chorus Line-inspired theme song they have written and sung themselves, with Sales on piano.

They have teamed up to talk about, well just about anything. The pair had spoken about doing something of the sorts for sometime. "And it's an excuse for Salesy to indulge her ridiculously close-to-the-surface obsession with musical theatre," adds Crabb, presenter of Kitchen Cabinet.

In episode one: Crabb and Sales talk about their idols and what it's like to make a fool of yourself when you meet them. Plus, they reveal their secret shameful foods. Tinned smoked oysters, ambrosia salad or perhaps just a bucket of deep-fried chicken?

Click here to listen to the podcast.

Annabel Crabb is ABC Online's chief political writer, and columnist for 'The Drum'. She also hosts her own ABC1 political cooking show, Kitchen Cabinet, in which she invites herself around to the homes of federal MPs in search of food and conversation.

Leigh Sales is an award-winning author and journalist at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and currently anchors 7:30pm report on ABC. 

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