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Bibliophile | ‘Mortals’ finds living your best life is the greatest revenge

Mortals by Rachel E Menzies and Ross G Menzies Allen & Unwin Children become aware of death at between the ages of 4 and 5 and can fear it, even though they only become aware of its inevitability from 7 to 10 years of age. Between the ages of 11 and 12, children can contemplate […]

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Bibliophile | ‘Road Tripping with Pearl Nash’ is a sweet young adult romcom

Road Tripping with Pearl Nash by Poppy Nwosu Wakefield Press One year ago, Pearl was dragged to yet another party by her best friend Daisy. They were meant to be at Daisy’s house studying for the end of year exams but Daisy wanted to go to the Saturday night house party and promised not to […]

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Bibliophile | Yves Rees breaks through the gender binary in ‘All About Yves’

All About Yves by Yves Rees Allen & Unwin Dr Yves Rees is a Lecturer in History at la Trobe University, has a regular history segment on ABC Radio and co-hosts Archive Fever podcast. The award-winning writer Yves is trans and uses they/them pronouns, volunteers at Transgender Victoria and is a co-founder of the transgender […]

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Bibliophile | ‘All About Ella’ is a powerful tale of unlikely connections

All About Ella by Meredith Appleyard HQ Fiction Cutlers Bay, a small seaside town in the Yorke Peninsula, becomes the accidental meeting place for three homeless people. Although Zach, the solitary local police officer in the town, is technically not homeless as he has a soulless government house that came with his job, but it […]

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Bibliophile | Comedian Rosie Wilby presents ‘The Breakup Monologues’

The Breakup Monologues by Rosie Wilby Bloomsbury Publishing Professional comedian, lesbian and radio presenter Rosie Wilby believes that if you want to know about breakups, you should ask a lesbian. After all, it is well known that many lesbians move in together and get a cat on the second date, and she notes that at […]

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Bibliophile | ‘Troop Train’ remembers generations of women left behind

Troop Train by Elizabeth Hutchins Wakefield Press It was February 1942 when the Japanese military overran Singapore and 14 year-old Rosemary Lister writes in her diary that they have been hanging black curtains in every window of their Adelaide house. Darwin had just been bombed and the last thing Rosemary’s family had heard was that […]

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Bibliophile | Tilly Lawless ‘Nothing But My Body’ is more than a memoir

Nothing But My Body by Tilly Lawless Allen & Unwin Tilly Lawless is a queer, Sydney-based sex worker who has an online platform to speak about her life, sharing her personal experiences and shining a light on the everyday stigmas that sex workers come up against. At fifteen, Lawless had taken photos of herself to […]

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‘Penny Wong: Passion and Principle’ up for National Biography Award

‘Penny Wong: Passion and Principle’ up for National Biography Award

Compelling biographies of trailblazers and survivors have been shortlisted alongside raw-edged memoirs by debut authors for the 2021 National Biography Award, the richest prize in Australia for biography and life stories, the State Library of NSW announced Thursday 5th August. The shortlisted works, selected from 101 entries are: The Lotus Eaters by Emily Clements (Hardie […]

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Bibliophile | MasterChef judge Jock Zonfrillo shares his story in ‘Last Shot’

Last Shot by Jock Zonfrillo Simon & Schuster MasterChef Australia judge Jock Zonfrillo admits that he has made every mistake a man can make in “the absolute chaotic fucking hurricane that is [his] life”, and comes to the realisation again and again that if it hadn’t been for his obsessive love of food, he would […]

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Bibliophile | Olivia Grace returns in Lisa Walker’s ‘Trouble Is My Business’

Trouble Is My Business by Lisa Walker Wakefield Press Lisa Walker, who lives, surfs and writes young adult coming-of-age novels on the north coast of New South Wales, introduced Olivia Grace and her detective skills in The Girl with the Gold Bikini. Eighteen year-old Olivia Grace spent a gap year at a friend Rocco’s detective […]

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