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Six of the best: From Manus Island to deb balls and beyond

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We've handpicked some Sunday reading in the hope you get a little quiet time today.

The subject matter is broad - from Manus Island to the institution that was debutante balls to tiny houses and birthday cakes.

You just might find something that takes your fancy ...

In the spotlight: Newcastle comedian Isaac Butterfield

In the spotlight: Newcastle comedian Isaac Butterfield

NEWCASTLE HERALD: Isaac Butterfield is uncensored, unapologetic and anything but uncomplicated

He has made a name for himself as the fearless and sometimes-controversial comedian unafraid to take aim at the mainstream. Isaac Butterfield's YouTube audience has exploded in the past year and he is planning an international tour with his new show. Simon McCarthy spent some time with Isaac. Read on

Tim McKenna. Photo: Jamila Toderas

Tim McKenna. Photo: Jamila Toderas

CANBERRA TIMES: Making friends with the forgotten men of Manus Island

How does a grandfather from inner south of Canberra become good mates with a man who has and will probably never set foot in Australia? In the most unlikely of ways - through a nun at the Aboriginal tent embassy. Katie Burgess spent some time with Tim McKenna. Read on

At one of the first debutante balls in Katherine, just nine girls partnered up and were presented with two young flower girls.

At one of the first debutante balls in Katherine, just nine girls partnered up and were presented with two young flower girls.

KATHERINE TIMES: When a deb ball was the only 'proper' introduction to society

Historically, a debutante ball served as a formal entrance to society. In downtown Katherine, more than 300km from Darwin in the Northern Territory, back in 1954 it was something else entirely. Reporter Roxanne Fitzgerald chatted with now 82-year-old Neila Boyle as she reflected on her 17-year-old self. Read on

Teamwork: Cake decoration in the 80s.

Teamwork: Cake decoration in the 80s.

CANBERRA TIMES: A lifetime love affair with the Australian Women's Weekly Children's Birthday Cake Book

Twice a year, after Megan Dingwall and her sister had spent a good few weeks thumbing through the book, their mum would take action. Because if your cake didn't come from the Australian Women's Weekly Children's Birthday Cake Book did you even have a birthday? These are the reminiscences of a cake-loving kid who has grown into a cake-making adult. Read on

Wagga defence lawyer David Barron.

Wagga defence lawyer David Barron.

DAILY ADVERTISER: Pursuit of justice hindered as courts reach 'point of exhaustion'

NSW's chief magistrate has revealed that local courts may be forced to take drastic actions as magistrates are being overworked and starved of resources. In the Riverina, Wagga remains the busiest court. It recorded 4506 new criminal matters in 2018. Toby Vue has crunched the numbers and spoken to members of the legal commuity. Read on

 The home even has a backyard. Photo: Adam Trafford

The home even has a backyard. Photo: Adam Trafford

BALLARAT COURIER: Would you live in a tiny house?

The tiny house movement is growing around the world and Ballarat is no exception.

The compact homes are popular for a variety of reasons including for their potential to bridge the cost of housing affordability and to ease the burden on the rental market while lessening the impact on the environment. Reporter Hayley Elg covered off on a number of issues. Read on

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