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Bibliophile | 101 Things to Take the Stress Out of Christmas

101 Things to Take the Stress Out of Christmas by Robin Snow Allen & Unwin With Christmas paraphernalia in shops months before December even starts, it is not long before we’re shuffling times around to book in time to see all the relatives over the festive season. Planning food and shopping for presents begins weeks […]

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Bibliophile | Suddenly One Summer in regional Western Australia

Suddenly One Summer Fleur McDonald Allen & Unwin Fleur McDonald has lived and worked on farms for much of her life … growing up on a farm in South Australia, being a Jillaroo and co-owning a 8000 acre property in regional Western Australia. Her familiarity with farms and the bush is entrenched in her tenth […]

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Joel Creasey: An evening with a self-confessed fame whore

Joel Creasey: An evening with a self-confessed fame whore

The Perth launch of Joel Creasey’s autobiography Thirsty: Confessions of a Fame Whore had an auspicious beginning when Creasey arrived and greeted the audience with the disclaimer that he had to apologise as he was he was extremely hungover after attending the Melbourne Cup the day before. He revealed that he had spent the day […]

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Bibliophile | Daniel Handler explores All The Dirty Parts of high school

All the Dirty Parts: A Novel by Daniel Handler Bloomsbury The main reason for picking up this book is that Daniel Handler also goes by the name Lemony Snicket and I have enjoyed his twisted children’s books, A Series of Unfortunate Events.  All the Dirty Parts is fairly perverse as well as being somewhat perverted, […]

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Bibliophile | Eyes Too Dry explores depression through conversation

Eyes Too Dry: A Graphic Memoir About Heavy Feelings by Alice Chipkin and Jessica Tavassoli Echo Publishing   Tava is a twenty-four year old medical student who is trying to find words for the overwhelming feelings of depression that are disassociating her from her body. Co-author Jessica Tavassoli was actually a final year medical student […]

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Joel Creasey is in town with his new book ‘Thirsty: Confessions of a Fame Whore’

Joel Creasey is in town with his new book ‘Thirsty: Confessions of a Fame Whore’

Comedian Joel Creasey will be appearing at Boffins Bookshop on Wednesday signing copies of his new book Thirsty: Confessions of a Fame Whore. At just twenty-seven years old, Joel Creasey is one of Australia’s most popular, acclaimed and charmingly controversial stand-up comedians. He’s opened for Joan Rivers, he is the co-host of Eurovision, a regular on […]

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Bibliophile | Matt Lucas tells his story from A to Z

Little Me – My life from A-Z by Matt Lucas Allen & Unwin   Matt Lucas’s unique face immediately brings to mind his comic masterpiece with David Walliams – Little Britain. However his autobiography is not in chronological order but in alphabetical order, so it is not until half way through the book that the smutty comedy gets a […]

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Bibliophile | Danger Music finds beauty in a brutal place

Danger Music by Eddie Ayres Allen & Unwin When Emma was 12 years old, they were desperately unhappy and wanted to get as far away as possible from their home in Shropshire, England. The ordered, tranquil world of studying and playing music made life better and Emma went from learning the viola as a child […]

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Bibliophile | Don’t Close Your Eyes is tough to put down

Don’t Close Your Eyes by Holly Seddon Corvus Robyn and Sarah are twins but they are very different. In the last year of primary school, their lives took vastly different tracks when their parents split up and took one twin each to their new domestic arrangements. Present day Robyn is house-bound and fearful of the […]

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Bibliophile | The Life and Death of ACT UP/LA is a great case study in activism

The Life and Death of ACT UP/LA: Anti-AIDS Activism in Los Angeles From the 1980s to the 2000s Benita Roth Cambridge University Press ★★★★ The AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) formed in New York in 1987 as a coalition of direct-action activism in order to put pressure on the U.S. Government, the Food […]

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