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Bibliophile | ‘Rules for Perfect Murders’ is an ode to mystery novels

Rules for Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson Allen & Unwin The weather was extremely bleak and the snow was so bad that the Boston bookshop Old Devils was vacant when FBI Agent Gwen Mulvey arrived to speak with the owner Malcolm Kershaw. Kershaw narrates how she was inquiring about a list he had posted on […]

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Bibliophile | Psychiatrist Dr Mark Cross explores the nature of ‘Anxiety’

Anxiety by Dr Mark Cross ABC Books Quite an interesting time for this book to be published, and by someone who knows how it feels to suffer from anxiety. Psychiatrist Mark Cross has suffered from anxiety all his life, his mother and grandmother suffered and now he treats patients with the most common mental health […]

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Bibliophile | Alice Oseman continues the tale of ‘Heartstopper’

Bibliophile | Alice Oseman continues the tale of ‘Heartstopper’

Heartstopper by Alice Oseman Hachette Alice Oseman secured her first publishing deal at 17, and is now a full-time writer and illustrator. This queer love story for young adults and teens began as an on-line web-comic. She serialised it to come out three times a month and loved the idea that she could tell a […]

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Bibliophile | ‘The Secrets of Strangers’ brings a thrilling, unforgettable read

The Secrets of Strangers by Charity Norman Allen & Unwin Neil used to have a job, a family, friends, a home and a sofa to sit on at night to watch television. Now he sleeps on the London streets and keeps everything her owns on three plastic bags and a tatty backpack. When someone drops […]

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Bibliophile | Sophie Gonzales queer rom-com ‘Only Mostly Devastated’

Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales Hatchette “I don’t want this to be over,” he said. “I’ll definitely never forget you,” he said. “Please don’t lose contact. I need to see you again one day,” he said. It had been seven weeks of bliss, the best summer holiday of seventeen year-old Ollie’s life. Will had […]

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Bibliophile | ‘The Cobra Queen’ by Tara Moss

Bibliophile | ‘The Cobra Queen’ by Tara Moss

The Cobra Queen by Tara Moss Echo Publishing Tara Moss has many strings to her bow. As a best-selling author, her novels have been published in nineteen countries and in thirteen languages. A PHD candidate at the University of Sydney with a Cert III in Private Investigation, her thirteenth novel is the fourth in the […]

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‘Tales of the City’ author Armistead Maupin to tour Australia

‘Tales of the City’ author Armistead Maupin to tour Australia

The bestselling, much-loved author and LGBT+ activist, Armistead Maupin has announced he will return to Australia in July 2020. One of America’s true literary icons and storyteller, Armistead will recount his favourite tales from the past five decades, offering his own engaging observations on society and the world we inhabit. Tickets on sale from 10th […]

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Bibliophile | ‘Swimming in the Dark’ shares cross-cultural love story

Bibliophile | ‘Swimming in the Dark’ shares cross-cultural love story

Swimming in the Dark By Tomasz Jedrowski Bloomsbury At the end of 1981, martial law was declared in the Socialist Republic of Poland, but Ludwik Glowacki wasn’t there as he had got on a plane and flown to the safety of America after graduating from university. It had been a difficult decision to leave his […]

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Bibliophile | Take a look at the vast range of ways of thinking about gender

Bibliophile | Take a look at the vast range of ways of thinking about gender

Gender: A Graphic Guide by Meg-John Barker and Jules Scheele Icon Books Meg-John Barker, who has written books on sex, gender and relationships, open their latest book with: “Every day we receive a barrage of confusing, complex – often contradictory – messages about gender. Gender is connected to everything in our lives. We can’t get […]

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Bibliophile | Donna Mazza looks to an unknown future in ‘Fauna’

Fauna by Donna Mazza Allen & Unwin In 2013, de-extinction became a new branch of science and Beth Shapiro published an interesting book about it called How to Clone a Mammoth. She wrote that Jurassic Park scenarios are actually not possible as the problem with the new science is that when a species has been […]

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