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Bibliophile | Nothing spreads faster than fear in ‘Shadow’

Shadow by James Swallow Bonnier Shadow is the fourth book featuring the ex-M16 officer turned private security specialist Marc Dane, following Nomad, Exile and Ghost. Author James Swallow’s aim has been to create 21st century tech-savvy action-adventure thrillers with “an everyman hero facing off against deadly threats” and he has certainly done that. Dane and […]

Bibliophile | ‘Night Boat to Tangier’ is a mesmerising moment in time

Night Boat to Tangier by Kevin Barry Canongate It is 2018 and Charlie Redmond and Maurice Hearne are waiting for the boats from Tangier to dock at the Algeciras Ferry Terminal in southern Spain. By their own confession, they are truly dreadful men whose gangster lives have seen them make and lose money in the […]

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Bibliophile | A mosaic of characters in Anne Holt’s ‘A Grave for Two’

A Grave For Two by Anne Holt Atlantic Selma Falak was an elite cross-country skier, a top lawyer and the mother of two children. We meet her at the age of 50, having lost everything, she has just move into a dingy apartment where trams and heavy trucks rattle past and there was an increasingly […]

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Bibliophile | Lisa Taddeo explores the lives of ‘Three Women’

Three Women by Lisa Taddeo Bloomsbury Australia Over eight years, Lisa Taddeo spent thousands of hours with three women to find out their stories. In two of the cases, she even moved to where they lived to better understand their day-to-day lives and sometimes even shared their experiences. Even though names, locations and identifying details […]

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‘Vita and Virginia’ explores the love letters of Virginia Woolf

‘Vita and Virginia’ explores the love letters of Virginia Woolf

A new film from director Chanya Button delves into the real-life love letters between poet Vita Sackville-West and famed author Virginia Woolf. Set in 1920s England, Vita and Virginia follows the literary love affair between Sackville-West and Woolf, after the struggling poet finds escape from her marriage in the allure and genius of the Mrs. Dalloway author. […]

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Bibliophile | ‘Future Histories’ explores how the past informs our digital future

Future Histories by Lizzie O’Shea Verso Lawyer Lizzie O’Shea is interested in digital technology, corporate responsibility and human rights. She wants to start conversations about how certain histories are critical to planning for our digital future. Her intention is to look at what is worthwhile about digital technology and how it can be used to […]

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Bibliophile | Adrian McKinty’s ‘The Chain’ is a don’t-put-it-down thriller

The Chain by Adrian McKinty Hachette Australia A friend of mine who lives on a main highway once told me that she was fascinated by the motor vehicle accidents that regularly occur outside her house and the ambulances that would arrive to take away the injured. The more horrifying the situation seemed, the more she […]

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Bibliophile | Helen Hoang’s ‘The Bride Test’ is a delightfully rocky rom-com

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang Allen & Unwin Esme Tran cleans guest rooms and public bathrooms at a Ho Chi Min hotel. It is in one of these public bathrooms that she meets a woman who has returned to Vietnam from her present home in California to search for a young woman to bring […]

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Bibliophile | ‘The Ginger Child’ explores family, loss and adoption

The Ginger Child by Patrick Flanery Allen & Unwin In November 2012, Patrick and husband Andrew were asked by a brunette social worker if they would adopt a ginger child. There was a two year-old boy no one wanted to adopt and the reason given was because people thought ginger children would behave badly. After […]

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Bibliophile | RWR McDonald channels Nancy Drew in ‘The Nancys’

The Nancys by RWR McDonald Allen & Unwin Author Edward Stratemeyer created the amateur teenage detective Nancy Drew when he wanted to construct a female counterpart to his famous Hardy Boys series, and Nancy Drew thrillers were published (often with ghost writers) from 1930 to 2003. Precocious eleven year-old Tippy Chan loves her uncle’s old […]

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