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Bibliophile | ‘Future Histories’ explores how the past informs our digital future

Future Histories by Lizzie O’Shea Verso Lawyer Lizzie O’Shea is interested in digital technology, corporate responsibility and human rights. She wants to start conversations about how certain histories are critical to planning for our digital future. Her intention is to look at what is worthwhile about digital technology and how it can be used to […]

Bibliophile | Adrian McKinty’s ‘The Chain’ is a don’t-put-it-down thriller

The Chain by Adrian McKinty Hachette Australia A friend of mine who lives on a main highway once told me that she was fascinated by the motor vehicle accidents that regularly occur outside her house and the ambulances that would arrive to take away the injured. The more horrifying the situation seemed, the more she […]

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Bibliophile | Helen Hoang’s ‘The Bride Test’ is a delightfully rocky rom-com

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang Allen & Unwin Esme Tran cleans guest rooms and public bathrooms at a Ho Chi Min hotel. It is in one of these public bathrooms that she meets a woman who has returned to Vietnam from her present home in California to search for a young woman to bring […]

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Bibliophile | ‘The Ginger Child’ explores family, loss and adoption

The Ginger Child by Patrick Flanery Allen & Unwin In November 2012, Patrick and husband Andrew were asked by a brunette social worker if they would adopt a ginger child. There was a two year-old boy no one wanted to adopt and the reason given was because people thought ginger children would behave badly. After […]

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Bibliophile | RWR McDonald channels Nancy Drew in ‘The Nancys’

The Nancys by RWR McDonald Allen & Unwin Author Edward Stratemeyer created the amateur teenage detective Nancy Drew when he wanted to construct a female counterpart to his famous Hardy Boys series, and Nancy Drew thrillers were published (often with ghost writers) from 1930 to 2003. Precocious eleven year-old Tippy Chan loves her uncle’s old […]

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Bibliophile | ‘I Miss You When I Blink’ blends the absurd with the profound

I Miss You When I Blink by Mary Laura Philpott Murdoch Books Mary Laura Philpott has written for The New York Times, The Paris Review and O The Oprah Magazine, examining the overlap between the absurd and the profound in her life. In this memoir-in-essays, she shares the humour of her life’s more memorable moments […]

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Bibliophile | Martin Holmen brings queerness to the Noir genre with ‘Slugger’

Slugger by Martin Holmen Echo Publishing Martin Holmen teaches history in Stockholm and this is the third Harry Kvist book in his Stockholm Trilogy, following Clinch and Down For The Count. It is 1932 and the mafia is struggling to maintain a hold while Stockholm is in the midst of the depression. German refuges are […]

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Bibliophile | Nick Trout embraces life in ‘The Wonder of Lost Causes’

The Wonder of Lost Causes by Nick Trout Allen & Unwin Veterinarian Dr Kate Blunt is an overworked single mother who runs an animal shelter. After the short relationship with a fellow vet student who didn’t want any part of their baby’s life, Kate accepted her role as sole-caregiver, but life is not easy as […]

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Bibliophile | In The Closet of the Vatican: Power, Homosexuality, Hypocrisy

In the Closet of the Vatican: Power, Homosexuality, Hypocrisy by Frederic Martel Bloomsbury Publishing This timely book has been published simultaneously in 8 languages and 20 countries. The result of a 4 year investigation where 1500 people were questioned at the Vatican and in 30 countries, it reveals “fifty shades of gay” in the men […]

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Books, chocolate and drinks with author Charlie Jane Anders

Books, chocolate and drinks with author Charlie Jane Anders

Join author Charlie Jane Anders for eats, drinks and special readings on Tuesday 23rd April.. The spec-fic writer will be in-store at Stefen’s Books in the CBD from 3:30pm, followed by some casual drinks down the road at The Generous Squire until 8pm. Speaking to OUTinPerth, Anders told us a little about where the notion […]

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