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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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Bibliophile | ‘See You at the Toxteth’ pays tribute to Australia’s top crime writer

See You at the Toxteth by Peter Corris Allen & Unwin Peter Corris, who has been described as the Godfather of contemporary Australian crime-writing, died a year ago. His first novel, The Dying Trade, in 1981 introduced the Aussie private investigator Cliff Hardy to the world. He was a big drinker, a larrikin, a womaniser […]

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Bibliophile | Nothing spreads faster than fear in ‘Shadow’

Shadow by James Swallow Bonnier Shadow is the fourth book featuring the ex-M16 officer turned private security specialist Marc Dane, following Nomad, Exile and Ghost. Author James Swallow’s aim has been to create 21st century tech-savvy action-adventure thrillers with “an everyman hero facing off against deadly threats” and he has certainly done that. Dane and […]

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Bibliophile | ‘Night Boat to Tangier’ is a mesmerising moment in time

Night Boat to Tangier by Kevin Barry Canongate It is 2018 and Charlie Redmond and Maurice Hearne are waiting for the boats from Tangier to dock at the Algeciras Ferry Terminal in southern Spain. By their own confession, they are truly dreadful men whose gangster lives have seen them make and lose money in the […]

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Bibliophile | A mosaic of characters in Anne Holt’s ‘A Grave for Two’

A Grave For Two by Anne Holt Atlantic Selma Falak was an elite cross-country skier, a top lawyer and the mother of two children. We meet her at the age of 50, having lost everything, she has just move into a dingy apartment where trams and heavy trucks rattle past and there was an increasingly […]

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Bibliophile | Lisa Taddeo explores the lives of ‘Three Women’

Three Women by Lisa Taddeo Bloomsbury Australia Over eight years, Lisa Taddeo spent thousands of hours with three women to find out their stories. In two of the cases, she even moved to where they lived to better understand their day-to-day lives and sometimes even shared their experiences. Even though names, locations and identifying details […]

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