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Bibliophile | Amy Bloom explores two White Houses, home to secret love

White Houses by Amy Bloom Allen & Unwin Although Amy Bloom states that she worked from books by actual historians, the creative writing professor declares her book a work of fiction, from beginning to end. There are certainly numerous facts to work from. Franklin Roosevelt occupied the White House for a record four terms – […]

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Bibliophile | Akwaeke Emezi explores the sprits within in Freshwater

Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi Allen & Unwin   Ada was born in Nigeria where her mother Saachi was a nurse and her father Saul a doctor. Author Akwaeke Emezi, who was also born in Nigeria, inhabits Ada as she goes from foetus through the birth process and then as she grows up. Overlaid with Igbo, […]

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Bibliophile | Munmun is a brilliant satire on the “Amerrycan Dream”

Munmun by Jesse Andrews Allen & Unwin Imagine a world where physical size is directly proportional to how much money you have. In this Gulliver’s Travels world, the littlepoor are rat-sized and the bigrich are the size of skyscrapers. Difficult to imagine but there is a munmun scale at the front of the book to […]

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Bibliophile | Life is not like detective novels in Little Gods

Little Gods by Jenny Ackland Allen & Unwin Olive Lovelock has just turned twelve. She is an only child but her extended family, where her mother and two sisters seem to have paired up with three brothers, spend a lot of time together on the family farm in north-western Victoria. Olive is “willful, fanciful and […]

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Bibliophile | The Fortress asks questions about power and the status quo

The Fortress by SA Jones In world much like our own that has never been affected by the #MeToo campaign, Jonathon Bridge has a good life. He has a top-tier job, a fascinating wife, a child on the way and a string of nubile young women or ‘poodles’ available for sex at his workplace. He […]

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Femme Politika explores all things femme from a local perspective

Femme Politika explores all things femme from a local perspective

Femme Politika is one of Perth’s newest publications. Editor Ysadora Alexander has created an open platform for anyone who identifies as femme or non-binary to explore and discuss issues concerning all things femme. Now on their second issue, Femme Politika will shine a light on sex work, and take a closer look at the wide-reaching […]

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Sci-fi authors Charlie Jane Anders and Annlee Newitz heading to Perth

Sci-fi authors Charlie Jane Anders and Annlee Newitz heading to Perth

Authors Charlie Jane Anders and Annalee Newitz will be heading to Perth in 2019 as the headline guests of Swancon: The Western Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention. The annual event sees lovers of speculative fiction and sci-fi gathering to discuss their favourite books, films and television programs, and is held over the Easter break. […]

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Bibliophile | A Certain Light: A Memoir of Family, Loss and Hope

A Certain Light: A Memoir of Family, Loss and Hope by Cynthia Banham Allen & Unwin   Cynthia Banham is an interesting person who grew up in Sydney and became a solicitor before moving to Canberra, where she met her husband Michael, as the Foreign Affairs and Defence Correspondent for the Sydney Morning Herald.   […]

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Bibliophile | Heart Talk: Poetic Wisdom for a Better Life

Heart Talk by Cleo Wade Allen & Unwin Cleo Wade considers that she has experienced just about every kind of heart ache there is. She has learnt from having her heart in pieces that our stories are important. “They help us take our pieces and build something new.” Heart Talk: Poetic Wisdom for a Better […]

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Bibliophile | Fool’s Gold takes us back to Wild Western Australia

Fool’s Gold by Fleur McDonald Allen & Unwin   There are several stories that intersect in Fleur McDonald’s latest red dust mystery novel which is set in the Western Australia’s goldfields. Here, the red earth stretches for miles with lumps of quartz and ironstone promising that gold isn’t far away.   The oldest story is […]

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