Top 10 Independents (Spectrum, Sydney Morning Herald, 11/7/15)
1 Grey, E.L. James - Christian's perspective in new Fifty Shades of Grey erotica.*
2 Enchanted Forest, Johanna Basford - Colouring-in book that has a quest at its heart.
3 Secret Garden, Johanna Basford - Another treasure hunt and colouring-in book.
4 The Mindfulness Colouring Book, Emma Farrarons - The new way to relieve your stress.
5 Millie Marotta's Animal Kingdom, Millie Marotta - Animals for you to colour or add to.
6 The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins - What deadly mischief does the girl see from the train?
7 Rivertime, Trace Balla - A boy and his uncle paddle down the Glenelg River.
8 The Eye of the Sheep, Sofie Laguna - Winner of this year's Miles Franklin award.
9 All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr - Winner of this year's Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
10 The Mandalas Colouring Book, Beverley Lawson - Mandala patterns for grown-ups to colour in.
*"When billionaire businessman Christian Grey first catches sight of a young college student called Anastasia Steele, she is sprawled on her hands and knees in front of him. Intrigued, Christian decides that Ana has the right stuff to be his new sex slave..." (From the review of Grey, Christine Cremen, Spectrum, Sydney Morning Herald, 11/7/15)
"My wife is 68 and I am 73, and we are both retired and in reasonable health. I have an indexed pension from the NSW State Super Scheme (SSS) of $3000 a fortnight. My wife took her super as a lump sum and, after paying off our mortgage has $200,000 in term deposits, along with about $75,000 in other accounts and about $60,000 in other assets. We own our own home, debt free, and our one son is independent and has his own family. How much age pension (full or part) are my wife and I eligible for, as we have not so far made any claims? I have received conflicting advice about this. S.L." (Your Questions: What strategy should I pursue in the run-up to retirement? Money, The Sun-Herald, 12/7/15)