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Bibliophile | Meet the ‘Sarong Party Girls’ of Singapore

Sarong Party Girls by Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan Allen & Unwin Sarong Party Girl (SPG) is a derogatory term used in Singapore for local Asian women who dress and behave in a provocative ways in order to get together with Caucasian men. They are usually portrayed as gold-digging husband-snatching Asian women but Jazeline Ah Huay Lim […]

Meet Author Holden Sheppard at Crow Books Q&A event

Meet Author Holden Sheppard at Crow Books Q&A event

Author Holden Sheppard will be talking about his new book Invisible Boys at special event for Crow Books on Wednesday 16th October. He’ll be chatting to author Alicia Tuckerman upstairs at The Balmoral Hotel in Victoria Park. Invisible Boys is Sheppard’s debut novel and it’s been getting heaps of praise. Scott-Patrick Mitchell praised the book saying it is clearly the […]

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Review | Holden Sheppard’s ‘Invisible Boys’ is one hell of a read

Invisible Boys Holden Sheppard Fremantle Press Get ready to clutch your pearls because Holden Sheppard’s Invisible Boys is one hell of a read. Already the recipient of three awards – including the TAG Hungerford Award, which has led to this incredible tale being published – this debut novel is one of those books that only […]

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Bibliophile | Neal Drinnan unearths secrets in ‘The Devil’s Grip’

The Devil’s Grip by Neal Drinnan Simon & Schuster The Devil’s Grip is an expression used to describe a genetic defect in sheep. It is an anatomical depression of the spine near the head and the small indentation is considered to be a flaw on the show circuit. Sometimes it goes unnoticed and can be […]

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Children’s book ‘Julián is a Mermaid’ wins illustrator award

Children’s book ‘Julián is a Mermaid’ wins illustrator award

Jessica Love’s children’s book Julián is a Mermaid has won the prestigious Klaus Fugge prize. The award goes to an author who is proclaimed to be the most exciting and promising new illustrator. The book tells the story of Julián, a young by who sees three women with long flowing hair, he imagines they are mermaids and then […]

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Bibliophile | Lisa Brennan-Jobs tells her story in ‘Small Fry’

Small Fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs Allen & Unwin Lisa Brennan-Jobs’ parents met at a Californian high school in 1972. Lisa was born in 1978, but when her mother Chrisann found out she was pregnant, her father Steve left. He had just started a company with his friend Woz called Apple and denied that the child […]

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Bibliophile | Gabrielle Jackson explores ‘Pain and Prejudice’

Pain and Prejudice by Gabrielle Jackson Allen & Unwin Gabrielle Jackson has worked as a journalist in Australia, USA and the UK. From her teens, she has suffered various health problems and did what most of us have been told to do – “just get on with it”. Pain became part of her life for […]

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Charlie Jane Anders ‘The City in the Middle of the Night’ optioned for TV

Charlie Jane Anders ‘The City in the Middle of the Night’ optioned for TV

The City in the Middle of the Night, the latest novel by author Charlie Jane Anders, has been optioned for a TV adaptation. Sony Pictures have snapped up the rights to the sci-fi novel. Sharon Hall’s Mom de Guerre Productions are attached to the project, they previously made The Expanse and Utopia. While the novel is now in development as a […]

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Bibliophile | ‘Never Have I Ever’ plays a thrilling game

Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson Raven Books The game began innocently enough when the book club was meeting at 42-year-old Amy Whey’s house. Going around the circle, everyone had to confess to the worse thing they had done that day, then that week. Adding ample amounts of alcohol meant that some of the […]

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Enid Blyton knocked back for coin because of homophobic views

Enid Blyton knocked back for coin because of homophobic views

Britain’s Royal Mint has knocked back a proposal to feature much loved children’s author Enid Blyton on a coin. It turns out the author’s racist and homophobic views have put her out of contention. The rejection to commemorate the late author was discovered by the Daily Mail via a freedom of information request.  The Royal Mint Advisory Committee […]

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