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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 | 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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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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‘Lincoln in the Bardo’ wins the 2017 Man Booker prize

‘Lincoln in the Bardo’ wins the 2017 Man Booker prize

The 2017 Man Booker Prize has been won by US author George Saunders for his debut novel Lincoln in the Bardo. The novel recounts a historical incident involving US President Abraham Lincoln as the starting point for a story that explores themes of death, loss and grief. When his young eleven year old son died in […]

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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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Bibliophile | Here Comes The Sun explores lives of Jamaican women

Here Comes the Sun By Nicole Dennis-Benn Oneworld Publications Nicole Dennis-Benn was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica although she now lives with her wife in New York. She writes with a lyrical Jamaican accent and takes the reader to the tropical island where Margot works at the hotel during the day and consorts with […]

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Bibliophile | Based on a True Story of seduction, depression and betrayal

Based on a True Story by Delphine de Vigan Bloomsbury The character Delphine in the story is a writer who is riding the wave of success generated by her first book. French author Delphine de Vigan also happens to have gained world-wide acclaim with her books No and Me and Richard & Judy. So it is not a […]

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