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Bibliophile | Detective Dave Burrows returns in Without A Doubt

Without A Doubt by Fleur McDonald Allen & Unwin Esperance farmer and writer Fleur McDonald has written a succession of books that allow her readers to get to know rural Australia much better. In Without A Doubt, she continues the adventures of Detective Dave Burrows, who has been posted to the remote country town of […]

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Bibliophile | Thirty Thousand Bottles of Wine and a Pig Called Helga

Thirty Thousand Bottles of Wine and a Pig Called Helga By Todd Alexander Simon & Schuster Australia Todd and Jeff had had enough of the city. Todd was a high-flying marketing executive “living the classic city lifestyle of hard work and even harder play”. He lived with Jeff, who worked for a cancer charity, in […]

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Bibliophile | The Night Dragon explores infamous 70s Queensland bombing

The Night Dragon by Matthew Condon University of Queensland Press Matthew Condon is an Australian prize-winning journalist and novelist and author of the best-selling true-crime books about Queensland crime and corruption. Living in Brisbane, his latest true-crime story looks at a string of cold cases that are connected with the Whiskey Au Go Go firebombing […]

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‘Gayby Baby’ team reunite to create ‘Wrestle!’, a new children’s book

‘Gayby Baby’ team reunite to create ‘Wrestle!’, a new children’s book

When Gayby Baby, a feature documentary from director Maya Newell and producer Charlotte Mars came out in 2015 it got a lot of attention. In the midst of the debates about marriage equality and the Safe Schools program the film showed the very normal lives of same-sex couples and their children – and took on the critics […]

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Bibliophile | The Priory of the Orange Tree is an intricate fantasy

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon Bloomsbury Publishing Taking her inspiration from stories of old, Samantha Shannon has built an intricate fantasy world that is populated by a huge array of characters (there are 15 pages of character descriptions), wyverns (wyverns are much smaller than dragons, have limited powers and only 2 […]

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Bibliophile | How We Disappeared explores strength in the face of cruelty

How We Disappeared by Jing-Jing Lee Oneworld When Wang Di was born in Singapore, she wasn’t really wanted by her family as it was a time when girls weren’t valued. In fact, her name means “to hope for a brother”. She was 16 years old when the Japanese army invaded Singapore during WW II and […]

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Bibliophile | Painting in the Shadows presents an art history mystery

Painting in the Shadows by Katherine Kovacic Bonnier Echo Formerly a veterinarian, Katherine Kovacic is now an art historian who works in a wide range of galleries, museums and private houses. Living in Melbourne with a Scottish Deerhound, she has created art dealer Alex Clayton who finds herself at the centre of a murder mystery […]

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Meet gay romance novelist, author Laura N. Andrews

Meet gay romance novelist, author Laura N. Andrews

Perth based writer Laura N. Andrews has written six books of romantic fiction, most of her stories feature male same-sex couples. She shares with us how she got into writing and about her latest BDSM themed work. When did you first get into writing, and what made you decide to focus on romance novels? Reading […]

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Bibliophile | The 5-Minute Salad Lunchbox is a massive timesaver

The 5-Minute Salad Lunchbox by Alexander Hart Smith Street Books Preparing lunch often comes last in the mental list of things to do when getting ready for a busy work day. Unfortunately the cost of buying lunch soon mounts up, as does the calories of often unhealthy selections. When you factor in a partner or […]

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Bibliophile | See the world with Lonely Planet’s The Vanlife Companion

Lonely Planet’s The Vanlife Companion by Ed Bartlett and Becky Ohlsen Lonely Planet Vanlife originated in 1950 when Vox Wagon launched its iconic ‘Splitscreen’. Then in the 1960s and 1970s the hippies and surfers used the VW campervan to live in away from the hectic metropolis. Now the internet allows people to connect with stories […]

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