Favourite things from News' glittering inhouse talent

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Amid the 'raindrops on roses' and other delights resulting from tropical cyclone Owen, I got to thinking of Julie Andrews' 'brown paper packages tied up with strings' when a substantial parcel turned up yesterday.

News Corp's corporate affairs manager Natalie Waldman had been in touch last week asking for a street address to which to deliver a mystery parcel. Yesterday it duly arrived, replete with brown paper and tied with white 'News Corp Australia' ribbon.

And what a showcase for the talent within Australia's - and possibly the world's - largest newsmedia company!

With a note thanking us for support during the year, and wishing us "happy holiday reading", was a bundle books including the second volume of NT News front pages, Trent Dalton's highly-regarded Boy Swallows Universe and Caroline Overington's psychological thriller The Ones You Trust.

What I want to know is where they found the time, what with the day job as well?

Taste and Delicious recipe books also look impressive, not to mention the ice-cream cake on News' greetings card which looks yummy (if I can use that unhappily debased adjective?)

I'm looking forward to reading the "twisted yet funny" (Better Reading) The Ones You Trust, which has nothing to do with fake news or Donald Trump (I think)... and Trent Dalton's "unputdownable" (David Wenham) 474-page tome, which Benjamin Law tips as a new Australian classic.

The quick read, of course is The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Croc - the second volume of NT News front pages. The humour is robust, of course - as in 'I've got roo babe' as a kangaroo bids for a sexual relationship with a pig (or at least that's how the headline writer saw it) - which also goes to show that not all the included pages are of crocodiles. UFOs, snakes, sharks (and other "white pointers") and even dentures make the grade. Plus more than a few politicians.

Could be a great stocking filler, but be careful who you give it to.

I'm looking forward to some lazy lie-ins. Thanks, Nat!

Peter Coleman

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