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Trans folks take the lead in Briar Rolfe’s ‘Get Your Story Straight’

Trans folks take the lead in Briar Rolfe’s ‘Get Your Story Straight’

Hachette Australia has announced they will release the debut YA graphic novel Get Your Story Straight by non-binary Melbourne-based author and illustrator Briar Rolfe. Get Your Story Straight follows Henry, a 19-year-old trans man who is out to everyone except his conservative Christian parents. When Henry realises his best shot at accessing top surgery is by […]

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Bibliophile | ‘Libby Lawrence is Good at Pretending’ by Jodi McAlister

Libby Lawrence is Good at Pretending By Jodi McAlister Wakefield Press Nineteen year old Libby Lawrence has finally scored a major role in the university amateur theatre group after treading the boards in the chorus. Apart from studying drama and law, working at the local bookshop and throwing herself into her first lead role, Libby […]

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Bibliophile | ‘The Greatest Thing’ shines with glimmers of hope

The Greatest Thing by Sarah Winifred Searle Allen & Unwin It is not a good way to start year 10 – with your only two friends leaving at the end of the previous year to go to private schools. Based on the experiences of author Sarah Winifred Searle (who currently lives in Perth) and set […]

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Bibliophile | ‘The Improbable Life of Ricky Bird’ by Diane Connell

The Improbable Life of Ricky Bird by Diane Connell Simon & Schuster Twelve year old Ricky (formally known as Vicki) believed that there were two types of disaster. There were catastrophes like landslides and tidal waves and there was the type of disaster that “crept up and slithered in”. Ricky’s disaster arrived with stealth and […]

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Bibliophile | Uncover buried secrets in ‘The Second Cut’

The Second Cut by Louise Welsh Canongate Louise Welsh has lived in Glasgow most of her life. Her debut novel The Cutting Room was twenty years ago when she was angry about the open and institutional hostility towards LGBTQI+ people during the Keep the Clause campaign. The central character of her seductive novel, openly queer […]

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Bibliophile | Hannah Gadsby tells her story in ‘Ten Steps to Nanette’

Ten Steps to Nanette by Hannah Gadsby Allen & Unwin Warning: This review contains mentions of sexual assault, suicide and trauma. Queer Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby is known to many for her appearances on television programs such as Please Like Me and her stand-up comedy performances. Her bio says that her ‘overnight’ success was more […]

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Bibliophile | ‘Rising Dust’ harvests a thrilling mystery on the farm

Rising Dust by Fleur McDonald Allen & Unwin Bestselling rural author Fleur McDonald has lived and worked for most of her life on farms. After growing up on a South Australian farm, she became a jillaroo before spending the last twenty years on an 8000 acre farm east of Esperance, where she currently lives with […]

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Bibliophile | Tabatha Carvan has not written a book about Benedict Cumberbatch

This is not a book about Benedict Cumberbatch by Tabatha Carvan Fourth Estate The Sherlock Homes series starring British actor Benedict Cumberbatch was one of the most watched television shows in the world when it was made. Tabatha Carvan was living and working in Vietnam at the time and the only way she could watch […]

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‘Love Stories’ by Trent Dalton dominates at the Independent Book Awards

‘Love Stories’ by Trent Dalton dominates at the Independent Book Awards

Love Stories by Trent Dalton has been awarded Book of the Year at the Australian Independent Book Awards. Dalton’s non-fiction work was created when he sat on a Brisbane Street corner and asked people passing by to tell him a love story. The collection of hugely varied tales has been praised by critics and lapped up […]

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Bibliophile | Trans writer reflects on first love in ‘At Certain Points We Touch’

At Certain Points We Touch by Lauren John Joseph Bloomsbury Publishing It was four in the morning when the narrator, a trans writer living in Mexico City, is walking home from a club and realises that it is the birthday of the leapling man who had died before they had stopped loving him. It had […]

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