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Bibliophile | Start a journey to wellness with ‘Note To Self Journal’

Note to Self Journal by Rebekah Ballagh Allen & Unwin Rebekah Ballagh is a qualified counselor who created the popular Instagram page called Journey to Wellness – @journey_to_wellness_ – when she wanted students at the school where she was counseling at to have something better than leaflets. Her book is a beautifully illustrated personal toolbox […]

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Bibliophile | Contestants play a deadly game in ‘Reprieve’

Reprieve by James Han Mattson Bloomsbury Publishing Quigley House is an old family mansion in Nebraska owned by John Forrester who has created a successful business by constructing scary escape rooms. Teams of four people have to work together to confront their fears in themed closed rooms or cells in order to find envelopes in […]

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Bibliophile | ‘The Contrarian’ explores Peter Thiel’s pursuit of power

The Contrarian by Max Chafkin Bloomsbury Publishing Max Chafkin, who has spent 15 years reporting on the world of Silicon Valley’s entrepreneurs, start-ups and investors, has compiled rigorous research on one of the venture capitalists who has helped develop companies that have largely defined our culture and economy over the last 25 years. Not many […]

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Bibliophile | Guy Morpuss presents a twisted reality with ‘Five Minds’

Five Minds by Guy Morpuss Viper In the future, with the eradication of disease and people continuing to reproduce, the Earth is a crippled planet with dwindling resources. An ingenious way of solving the population problem is making people choose how to live and when to die. At the age of seventeen, you could choose […]

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Bibliophile | ‘Mortals’ finds living your best life is the greatest revenge

Mortals by Rachel E Menzies and Ross G Menzies Allen & Unwin Children become aware of death at between the ages of 4 and 5 and can fear it, even though they only become aware of its inevitability from 7 to 10 years of age. Between the ages of 11 and 12, children can contemplate […]

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Bibliophile | ‘Road Tripping with Pearl Nash’ is a sweet young adult romcom

Road Tripping with Pearl Nash by Poppy Nwosu Wakefield Press One year ago, Pearl was dragged to yet another party by her best friend Daisy. They were meant to be at Daisy’s house studying for the end of year exams but Daisy wanted to go to the Saturday night house party and promised not to […]

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Bibliophile | Yves Rees breaks through the gender binary in ‘All About Yves’

All About Yves by Yves Rees Allen & Unwin Dr Yves Rees is a Lecturer in History at la Trobe University, has a regular history segment on ABC Radio and co-hosts Archive Fever podcast. The award-winning writer Yves is trans and uses they/them pronouns, volunteers at Transgender Victoria and is a co-founder of the transgender […]

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Bibliophile | ‘All About Ella’ is a powerful tale of unlikely connections

All About Ella by Meredith Appleyard HQ Fiction Cutlers Bay, a small seaside town in the Yorke Peninsula, becomes the accidental meeting place for three homeless people. Although Zach, the solitary local police officer in the town, is technically not homeless as he has a soulless government house that came with his job, but it […]

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Bibliophile | Comedian Rosie Wilby presents ‘The Breakup Monologues’

The Breakup Monologues by Rosie Wilby Bloomsbury Publishing Professional comedian, lesbian and radio presenter Rosie Wilby believes that if you want to know about breakups, you should ask a lesbian. After all, it is well known that many lesbians move in together and get a cat on the second date, and she notes that at […]

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Bibliophile | ‘Troop Train’ remembers generations of women left behind

Troop Train by Elizabeth Hutchins Wakefield Press It was February 1942 when the Japanese military overran Singapore and 14 year-old Rosemary Lister writes in her diary that they have been hanging black curtains in every window of their Adelaide house. Darwin had just been bombed and the last thing Rosemary’s family had heard was that […]

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