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Bibliophile | Chris Flynn looks to the lessons of the past in ‘Mammoth’

Mammoth by Chris Flynn University of Queensland Press The inspiration for Chris Flynn’s wacky novel was an auction that was held in New York in 2007. Included in the 345 lots that were bought by the rich and famous was a 67 million year old skull of a Tyrannosaurus bataar, the severed hand of an […]

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Bibliophile | ‘Taking Down Evelyn Tait’ is a joyous teen journey of discovery

Taking Down Evelyn Tait by Poppy Nwosu Wakefield Press Sixteen year-old Charlotte (Lottie) Murphy is a frequent visitor to her principal’s office – so frequent that they seem to be on a first name basis. In the first chapter of this Young Adult book is titled How to Lose Your Best Friend and Your Breakfast. […]

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Jericho Brown wins Pulitzer Prize for poetry

Jericho Brown wins Pulitzer Prize for poetry

Poet Jericho Brown has been awarded the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for poetry for his recent collection The Tradition. In selecting Brown’s book for the honor, the Pulitzer board called it “a collection of masterful lyrics that combine delicacy with historical urgency in their loving evocation of bodies vulnerable to hostility and violence.” His work touches on […]

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Michael R Jackson’s ‘A Strange Loop’ wins Pulitzer Prize for Drama

Michael R Jackson’s ‘A Strange Loop’ wins Pulitzer Prize for Drama

The 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Drama has been awarded to Michael R. Jackson’s A Strange Loop.  The prestigious awards celebrate excellence in the arts and letters by US writers. Jackson is the first black writer to win the drama award. The play is about a black, queer writer working a day job he hates while creating […]

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Bibliophile | Gina Inverarity modernises a classic fable with ‘Snow’

Snow by Gina Inverarity Wakefield Press ABC online news had a recent headline From the Burbs to the Bush, Animals are Reclaiming and Exploring the World During Coronavirus. Of course, Gina Inverarity wouldn’t have known about that when she wrote her recently published book that predicts that a global catastrophe releases animals that were previously […]

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Bibliophile | Michael Cashman is ‘One of Them’

One of Them by Michael Cashman Bloomsbury Publishing Born in 1951, Michael Cashman recalls that if there was no entertainment when he was a child – he would make his own. He was only seven or eight when he was dancing for his mother and her friend and he heard her say “I think he’s […]

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Bibliophile | Comedian Robert Webb gets serious with ‘Come Again’

Come Again by Robert Webb Allen & Unwin British comedian Robert Webb used to be part of a double-act with David Mitchell, starring in Peep Show on British television for 12 years. After heart surgery last year, 47 year-old Webb has quit drinking and smoking and is now focusing on writing. His debut novel Come […]

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‘Love, Simon’ author Becky Albertalli announces new sequel

‘Love, Simon’ author Becky Albertalli announces new sequel

Beloved LGBTIQ+ teen novel Love, Simon took the world by storm when it was translated to the big screen in 2018, and the character’s original creator has announced the story isn’t over. Becky Albertalli’s debut 2015 novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda introduced fans to ‘the Simonverse’, following up with Leah on the Offbeat in 2018. Taking to […]

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Bibliophile | ‘This Book will Change Your Mind about Mental Health’

This Book will Change Your Mind about Mental Health by Nathan Filer Allen & Unwin Nathan Filer is a mental health nurse whose novel about a young man grieving the loss of his brother (The Shock of the Fall) was a best-seller that has been translated into 30 languages. It took him 9 years to […]

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Bibliophile | Shannon Molloy recounts his year of darkness in ‘Fourteen’

Fourteen by Shannon Molloy Simon & Schuster Shannon Molloy’s intensely raw and incredibly moving memoir recalls his second year at an all-boys, rugby-obsessed Catholic high school in rural Queensland. If he was not being taunted and attacked, he was treated as if he didn’t exist. More than that, teachers and the principal brushed off the […]

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