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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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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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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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November Film Reviews: Folk music and folklore

Ben Elton reached international fame for writing for the absurd television comedies The Young Ones and Blackadder. This was before he came to Australia and married Fremantle musician Sophie Gare. Living in Fremantle for much of the time, he often attended the folk music festival at Fairbridge near Pinjarra with his extended family of musicians. […]

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Bibliophile | Orange Blossom & Honey explores Morocco through food

Bibliophile | Orange Blossom & Honey explores Morocco through food

Orange Blossom & Honey by John Gregory-Smith Simon & Schuster John Gregory-Smith is a food and travel journalist who likes to go off the beaten track. In his latest book, he goes into Moroccan houses to see what is served to family and friends. Situated between the Mediterranean and the Sahara, Moroccan food has been […]

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Film Reviews: Battle of the Sexes on the court and at the table

Little Miss Sunshine directors Valarie Faris and Jonathan Dayton’s latest film Battle of the Sexes (★★★★★) is about a misogynistic egotistical man who performs for the public challenging an intelligent, capable woman who wants a better deal for her gender. No … it is not a film about the 2017 American presidential election, but about […]

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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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September Film Reviews: Comedy… or not

September Film Reviews: Comedy… or not

In Steven Soderbergh’s hilarious heist film Logan Lucky (★★★★), it is fun to see actors cast in extremely different roles to what we are used to seeing them. Set at a massive Nascar speedway in West Virginia, a couple of not-so-bright desperados come up with an elaborate hare-brained plan to rob the speedway during the […]

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