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Bibliophile | A Beer in the Loire brews up some life-lessons

A Beer in the Loire by Tommy Barnes Muswell Press This is the record of a brave man, the author Tommy Barnes, who left his office job in London to settle in rural France and tries to establish a boutique brewing business. Unfortunately he had a couple of obstacles to overcome – he had never […]

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Bibliophile | Mel B gets Brutally Honest in new autobiography

Brutally Honest by Melanie Brown with Louise Gannon Quadrille Responding to a 1994 advertisement for a girl band, Melanie Brown became one of five wannabe nobodies screaming and yelling for girl-power. Mel B was Scary Spice, the cheeky, loud, fearless one who soared to fame and fortune with the Spice Girls. Unfortunately this did not […]

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Bibliophile | Jackie Chan’s best advice? Never Grow Up

Never Grow Up by Jackie Chan with Zhu Mo HarperCollins Publishers After 200 films in 56 years, Jackie Chan received an honorary Academy Award in 2016. From a junior stuntman on Bruce Lee’s Enter the Dragon to the voice of Kung Fu Panda, generations of moviegoers know him for his acrobatic fighting style, comic timing […]

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Bibliophile | Life on the Leash shows love to our four-legged friends

Life on the Leash by Victoria Schade Allen & Unwin Cora Bellemy gave up a fast-track corporate job run Top Dog, her own dog training business. The 28 year old thrives on organization and has a knack for predicting doggy behaviour. Recovering from a recent break-up, her skills at predicting human behavior are not as […]

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Bibliophile | Bob Brown and Paul Thomas are green nomads in wild places

Green Nomads – Wild Places by Bob Brown and Paul Thomas Bob Brown was elected to the Australian Senate in 1996, the same year he got together with his partner Paul Thomas and became the first openly gay member of federal parliament. Bob established the Wilderness Society, Bush Heritage Australia and the Bob Brown Foundation […]

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Bibliophile | Stephanie Parkyn explores the story of Marie-Louise Girardin

Into the World by Stephanie Parkyn Allen & Unwin Marie-Louise Victoire Girardin was born in 1754 in Versailles, France. By the time the French Revolution began on 14 July 1789, she had married, had a son who died, been widowed and given birth to an illegitimate child. The dream of equality for all didn’t actually […]

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Bibliophile | Stuart Hopps releases queer 80s thriller The Rainbow Conspiracy

The Rainbow Conspiracy by Stuart Hopps Muswell Press This gay mystery thriller love story is set in the early days of the AIDS epidemic in the United States. Stuart Hopps recounts that while he was working at the Met in New York in 1982, he found out that a dear friend of his had contracted […]

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Bibliophile | André Aciman returns with love odyssey Enigma Variations

Enigma Variations by André Aciman Faber & Faber The author of Call Me By Your Name has put together a collection of linked stories about love in a book named after English composer Edward Elgar’s orchestral composition featuring variations on a theme. The five stories are first person accounts from Italian man Paul who starts […]

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Holden Sheppard wins Hungerford Award for Invisible Boys

Holden Sheppard wins Hungerford Award for Invisible Boys

Local author Holden Sheppard has won the prestigious T.A.G. Hungerford Award for his novel about growing up gay in country WA. The Geraldton-born writer has been awarded $12,000 and a publishing contract with Fremantle Press for the manuscript Invisible Boys. Only WA writers writing their first full-length unpublished work are eligible for the prize. Set in […]

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Bibliophile | A dead mule sparks international intrigue in Long Road to Mercy

Long Road to Mercy by David Baldacci Pan Macmillan Australia Former lawyer, David Baldacci, is a prolific writer. He has published 36 novels for adults (as well as 6 novels for younger readers). All have been bestsellers and several have been adapted for film and television. This book is the first in a series featuring […]

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