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Bibliophile | Remarkable people write a ‘Letter To My Younger Self’

Letter to My Younger Self Edited by Jane Graham Allen & Unwin What advice would you give to your sixteen year old self? What part of your life would you want to revisit? Journalist Jane Graham wanted to encourage the famous people she interviewed to talk about their lives in revealing and honest ways and […]

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Bibliophile | Deaf detective Caleb Zelic returns in ‘Darkness for Light’

Darkness For Light by Emma Viskic Echo Publishing A bout of meningitis left Caleb Zelic deaf when he was 5 years of age so he became proficient at watching body language and picking up tell-tale signs that people try to hide. Lip reading can be full of hazards – beards, swollen lips and people looking […]

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Bibliophile | New books for your summer reading

Bibliophile | New books for your summer reading

Further Fables: Queer and Familiar by Margaret Marrilees Wakefield Press Fables: Queer and Familiar started online and then the stories were broadcast as a radio serial before being published as a collection in 2014. These further fables take the characters from Australian writer Margaret Marrilees’ most recent novel Big Rough Stones and the reader is […]

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Merriam Webster dictionary declares ‘they’ is their word of the year

Merriam Webster dictionary declares ‘they’ is their word of the year

The Merriam Webster dictionary has declared ‘they’, as used a pronoun for non-binary people, is their word of the year for 2019. The English-American dictionary added the additional definition of the word earlier this year, and have shared that searches for the definition have increased by 313% this year. Singer Sam Smith declared he identified […]

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Review: ‘Find Me’, Andre Aciman’s sequel to ‘Call Me By Your Name’

Review: ‘Find Me’, Andre Aciman’s sequel to ‘Call Me By Your Name’

Find Me by André Aciman Allen & Unwin As shown in his 2007 book Call Me By Your Name which was made into the Academy-Award winning film, author André Aciman excels in love stories that have a touch of scandal about them. In Call Me By Your Name, 17 year-old Elio was living with his […]

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Holden Sheppard’s Invisible Boys continues its run of success

Holden Sheppard’s Invisible Boys continues its run of success

The 2020 Indie Book Awards have released their long list of nominations, and WA writer Holden Sheppard’s young adult novel Invisible Boys is among the nominees. Since being released earlier this year the Geraldton raised author’s debut novel has been attracting high praise and racking up award nominations. Also making the list is the new book by […]

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Bibliophile | ‘Otherwise Known as Pig’ is an essential read on bullying

Otherwise Known as Pig by Catch Tilly Wakefield Press “It’s always a shock: that sudden explosion of pain and the short involuntary cry as my lips meet my teeth. I hate that cry. That’s when he laughs. Along with the rest of Year 9. Maybe they’re too scared to do anything else or maybe it’s […]

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‘Invisible Boys’ nominated for Victorian Premier’s book award

‘Invisible Boys’ nominated for Victorian Premier’s book award

WA author Holden Sheppard’s debut novel Invisible Boys has been shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Book Award. Launched in 1985, the award is Australia’s richest book award with $25,000 prize money for each category. Category winners go in the running to pick up the Victorian Literature Prize worth $100,000. Invisible Boys is listed in the Young Adult Fiction category […]

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Bibliophile | ‘How Fear Works: Culture of Fear in the 21st Century’

How Fear Works: Culture of Fear in the 21st Century by Frank Furedi Bloomsbury The television news headlines were as depressing as usual. This time is was forecasts of “hellish catastrophic weather for Sydney”, “fears that the black plague might return” and surveys finding that “most people are anxious about the state of the economy”. […]

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Writer Scott-Patrick Mitchell wins short story award

Writer Scott-Patrick Mitchell wins short story award

Perth writer Scott-Patrick Mitchell has won a prize at the Wollongong Writers Festival. Mitchell picked up the Best Short Story prize for his work Us Boys Made Of Smoke. The story will be published in a future edition of the Mascara Literary Review. The prize was judged by the publication’s editor Effie Carr and author Helena Fox. While Mitchell […]

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