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Book review: Christmas in Canberra by Nicole Taylor

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A story about Louise, a twenty-something public servant, and her personal and family dramas leading up to Christmas 1988. Genre? A mixture of coming-of-age, pre-romance, contemporary fiction, women's fiction, labelled by some as chick lit which I wouldn't normally read. Lots of allusions to the Canberra of the time; notorious establishments such as the Private Bin and the Boot and Flogger, trips to the races or the Hall B&S (bachelors and spinsters) ball, lots of name dropping. Louise rents a flat underneath someone's house in Aranda and is left to water the garden while the landlord goes to Broulee on the coast—that rings true, as do the descriptions of swooping magpies, Duntroon graduates, the Canberra Yacht Club, the Canberra Cannons basketball team (sadly, now defunct), pub crawls, and backstabbing and machinations in the public service where Louise works. There is an excess of discussion about clothes and shoes—it was the eighties, a fashion-free zone as I reca