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Bibliophile | Family secrets unburied in Chris Hammer’s ‘The Tilt’

The Tilt by Chris Hammer Allen & Unwin New homicide detective Nell (Narelle) Buchannan is rather annoyed that she has been assigned a decades-old murder case, a file-and-forget case that happened before she was born. In fact it even happened before her mother was born in the country town near the land formation known as […]

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Bibliophile | Designer Gregory Ladner was once just ‘A Boy and His Bear’

A Boy and His Bear By Gregory Ladner Hardie Grant Born in 1950, Australian fashion designer Gregory Ladner has supplied David Jones for 50 years with must-have fashion accessories as well as making haute couture evening dresses, party frocks and wedding gowns for Melbourne’s best dressed women. Now that he has retired, he has had […]

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‘The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida’ wins the Booker Prize

‘The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida’ wins the Booker Prize

Shehan Karunatilaka has become the second ever Sri Lankan author to win the revered Booker Prize. His novel The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida was named the winner of the prize in London on Monday evening. The announcement was made by Neil MacGregor, Chair of the 2022 judges, in a ceremony at the Roundhouse, London, […]

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Bibliophile | ‘Mad Honey’ sees Jodi Picoult collaborate with Jennifer Finney Boylan

Bibliophile | ‘Mad Honey’ sees Jodi Picoult collaborate with Jennifer Finney Boylan

Mad Honey by Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Finney Boylan Allen & Unwin Olivia McAfee never expected to be an apiarist like her father; she never thought she’d be sleeping in her childhood bedroom as an adult and, never in her wildest dreams, did she imagine she would settle on the New Hampshire farm that she […]

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Bibliophile | Under Her Skin: The Life and Work of Professor Fiona Wood AM

Under Her Skin: The Life and Work of Professor Fiona Wood AM by Sue Williams Allen & Unwin On 12 October this year, it will be twenty years since three bombs exploded in two popular Kuta nightspots, the Sari Club and Paddy’s Bar, in Bali and killed over 200 people. Of the 52 critically injured […]

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Bibliophile: Brooke Blurton shares her story in ‘Big Love’

Bibliophile: Brooke Blurton shares her story in ‘Big Love’

Big Love by Brooke Blurton Harper Collins Brooke Blurton thought she was done with television after having her heart broken on the 2018 season of Network 10’s The Bachelor and then again on the 2019 season of Bachelor in Paradise, but there she was again in the 2021 season of The Bachelorette. This time it […]

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Bibliophile | ‘Honeybee’ author Craig Silvey returns with new novel ‘Runt’

Runt by Craig Silvey Allen & Unwin Fremantle author Craig Silvey’s novels are heart-warming coming-of-age stories where the protagonists have to find out who they are in order to live their best lives. Set in Fremantle, his first novel Rhubarb is a touching love story between two damaged people. His next novel Jasper Jones told […]

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Bibliophile | ‘The French Agent’ is a perfect book club thriller

The French Agent by Belinda Alexandra Harper Collins In 1946, Sabine Brouillette returned to her Paris home after being imprisoned in a camp during the war for working of the French Resistance. Now a war crimes investigator with the French Secret Service, she felt she was living in a state of suspended animation, waiting for […]

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Bibliophile | Chris Flynn’s ‘Here Be Leviathans’ brings lessons from the past

Here be Leviathans by Chris Flynn University of Queensland Press Belfast-born Australian author Chris Flynn, who is Editor-in-Residence at Museum Victoria and lives on Phillip Island, is probably best known for his best-selling book Mammoth. Mammoth gave an unusual perspective to life on earth by giving a voice to the remains of the extinct American […]

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Bibliophile | Jacinta Parsons explores getting older in ‘A Question of Age’

Bibliophile | Jacinta Parsons explores getting older in ‘A Question of Age’

A Question of Age by Jacinta Parsons ABC Books At the beginning of her book, Jacinta Parsons who currently hosts Afternoons on ABC Melbourne radio, warns that this is not a self-help book. Admitting that her book may not even be all that helpful, she reflects that no one really needs help with aging as […]

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