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Bibliophile | AViVA’s ‘Relentless’ continues the tale of Teddy Veodrum

Relentless by AViVA Pan Macmillan Self/Less left readers suspended on a huge cliff-hanger, but Relentless continues the tale of Teddy Veodrum, who is now eighteen, and introduces yet more complexity. In old bomb shelters beneath Metropolis in a dystopian future, are a growing web of clans who are fighting to survive and to keep their […]

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Author Robert Dessaix among Australia Council award recipients

Author Robert Dessaix among Australia Council award recipients

Robert Dessaix, Dr Judy Bailey and Judith Pungkarta Inkamala are among the eight artists to be honoured at the 2022 Australia Council Awards. The awards recognise the contribution of outstanding artists to their artforms and to the cultural life of the nation. Eminent author Robert Dessaix receives the Lifetime Achievement Award for Literature, recognising his unique […]

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‘Doctor Who’ spin-off author Chris Thomas coming to Perth Horror Film Fest

‘Doctor Who’ spin-off author Chris Thomas coming to Perth Horror Film Fest

  Perth’s own Doctor Who spin-off author Chris Thomas will be at the first annual Perth Horror Film Festival from August 19 to 21 to sign copies of his latest novel. Using characters from Doctor Who’s classic era, Lethbridge-Stewart: Blue Blood is an action-packed thriller best described as “sci-fi horror”. Bodies of missing people around […]

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Bibliophile | Self-expression banned in the world of ‘Self/Less’

Self / Less by AViVA Pan Macmillan Set in a dystopian future, seventeen year-old Teddy Veodrum lives in Metropolis City and is about to graduate from high school. She has been brought up to believe that she is one of the chosen people to live in the walled city whose Council members have banished all […]

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Bibliophile | ‘The Unbelieved’ is a shocking page-turner full of twists

The Unbelieved by Vikki Petraitis Allen & Unwin Warning: This review contains mentions of sexual assault Senior Detective Antigone Pollard needed to get away from Melbourne after the tragic ramifications of her last case. Gemma Watson had come to her after being sexually assaulted but the “great bloke with the handsome face, condescending lawyers and […]

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Author Mimi Zhu shares healing journey with ‘Be Not Afraid of Love’

Author Mimi Zhu shares healing journey with ‘Be Not Afraid of Love’

Warning: This article contains mentions of domestic violence. Author Mimi Zhu has prepared Be Not Afraid of Love, a stunning collection of interconnected essays and affirmations that follow Zhu’s journey toward embodying and re-learning love after a violent relationship. In their early twenties, queer Chinese-Australian writer and artist Mimi Zhu was a survivor of intimate-partner abuse. […]

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Bibliophile | Television’s Larry Emdur is ‘Happy As’ in heartfelt memoir

Happy As by Larry Emdur Harper Collins Larry Emdur, best known for hosting The Price is Right, has also been the host of Wheel of Fortune, The Main Event, The Celebrity Dog School, Weekend Sunrise, The Chase Australia and The Morning Show, which he has co-hosted with Kylie Gillies for the last 15 years. Though […]

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Bibliophile | Step back in time with queer YA novel ‘Spin Me Right Round’

Spin Me Right Round by David Valdes Bloomsbury Seventeen year-old Luis Gonzales is out and proud and in his Senior year at an American boarding school, even though he is a day student who is able to live off campus on an apartment with his shift-working mother. In many ways, the school is quite progressive […]

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Spend an evening with author David Sedaris this September

Spend an evening with author David Sedaris this September

One of the world’s pre-eminent authors and humourist David Sedaris returns to Australia in February 2023, following the roaring success of his brand new best-selling book Happy-Go-Lucky. With five sold out Australian tours behind him, audiences across the country will again be treated to an evening filled with insightful storytelling, piercing observations, unpublished tales, audience […]

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Bibliophile | Jess Ho’s ‘raised by wolves’ delivers memoir with bite

raised by wolves by Jess Ho Affirm Press Growing up in a Cantonese family in the racist outer suburbs of Melbourne, Jess Ho remembers the strict discipline, bordering on abuse, meant that she never made a fuss. Their extraordinary achievements at school were never good enough and they recall if “I wasn’t in hospital; therefore […]

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