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Bibliophile | ‘A Saint from Texas’ challenges class, sexuality & power

A Saint from Texas by Edmund White Bloomsbury Yvonne (pronounced Why-von in Texas) and Yvette (pronounced Why-vet) Crawford are twin sisters born in Ranger, Texas – once the oil capital of America before the wells ran dry in the 1930s. Their mother died in the 1950s and their father had millions in oil money in […]

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Bibliophile: The Erasure Initiative is a thrilling ride

Bibliophile: The Erasure Initiative is a thrilling ride

The Erasure Initiative by Lili Wilkinson Allen & Unwin Day 1 and Cecily wakes up in a driverless bus. She knows that is her name as she has a nametag, but she doesn’t remember anything else about herself. Out of the window there is ocean to one side and tropical jungle to the other but […]

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Bibliophile | ‘Cinderella is Dead’ by Kalynn Bayron

Bibliophile | ‘Cinderella is Dead’ by Kalynn Bayron

Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron Bloomsbury Variations of the Cinderella story have been told for nearly 2000 years and the mythology of the popular fairy tale lingers in our cultural ether even today. While the Grimm brothers’ tale is a lot darker than the Disney one, the possibility that magic can transform a destitute […]

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Bibliophile | ‘Sam Bloom: Heartache & Birdsong’

Sam Bloom by Samantha Bloom, Cameron Bloom & Bradley Trevor Greive ABC Books The best-selling book Penguin Bloom captured the hearts and minds of people around the world, and the miraculous and heart-warming story has even inspired a major motion picture starring Naomi Watts. Full of the most marvelous photographs, it told how a wounded […]

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Bibliophile | Paul Dalgarno delivers polyamorous romantic drama in ‘Poly’

Poly by Paul Dalgarno Ventura Press Melbournites Chris and Sarah Flood met in Hong Kong. He was working as a DJ and she was dancing professionally with Tasty Moves in Asia. Many years and two children later (7 year old Oliver and 5 year old Sophie), Chris can’t decide what to buy his wife for […]

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Bibliophile | The future is grim in Charlie Archibold’s ‘Indigo Owl’

Indigo Owl  by Charlie Archibold Wakefield Press This is Adelaide author Charlie Archibold’s second Young Adult novel and it is set on the futuristic planet of Galbraith. After Earth was destroyed by climate change and overpopulation, only private corporations had the money to colonise new planets and Galbraith was a huge pharmaceutical enterprise. It is […]

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Bibliophile | ‘The Wreck’ tells the story of the women of our past

The Wreck by Meg Keneally Echo Publishing Meg Keneally is fascinated by marine history and the title of her second historical novel gives an indication as to what historical aspects have influenced her writing of The Wreck. In the nineteenth century, the sailing ship Dunbar was forced into the cliff face a little south of […]

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Bibliophile | ‘The Pink Line’ is a groundbreaking record of oral histories

The Pink Line: The World’s Queer Frontiers by Mark Gevisser Profile Books Born and raised in South Africa, Mark Gevisser has first-hand knowledge of Apartheid and, as a Yale-educated journalist, he has been able to write about people’s rights and how they are claimed, promoted or abused. One of the organizers of South Africa’s first […]

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Bibliophile | Fiona Palmer’s ‘Tiny White Lies’

Tiny White Lies by Fiona Palmer Hachette I love that Fiona Palmer thanks her teenage children, who were born in the age of technology, for being the inspiration for her family drama. Her main character Ashley Grisham is still recovering from her husband’s suicide eight months previously when she finds out that her only child, […]

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Creative team snaps up the film and TV rights to ‘Invisible Boys’

Creative team snaps up the film and TV rights to ‘Invisible Boys’

Invisible Boys the award winning young adult novel by Western Australian writer Holden Sheppard could be heading to the screen after a top directing and producing team snapped up the TV and film rights to the work. Fresh off it’s win at the Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards, Fremantle Press have announced that director Nicholas Verso […]

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