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Bibliophile | Robert Dessaix celebrates magic of reading in ‘Abracadabra’

Abracadabra by Robert Dessaix Brio Books Currently living in Hobart with Peter Timms, his partner of 40 years who is also a writer, Robert Dessaix is in demand as a guest speaker but sometimes the audiences for his words of wisdom are quite small. While podcasts can attract huge audiences around the globe, Dessaix’s talks […]

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Bibliophile | Dr Nikki Stamp explores life, death & everything in memoir ‘Scrubbed’

Scrubbed By Nikki Stamp Allen & Unwin Nikki Stamp remembers being inspired by heart surgeon Dr Victor when she was young, and now she is only one of 11 female heart surgeons in Australia. In Scrubbed, she reflects on the journey – from the brilliant times to the darkest times. Stamp dispels any notion that […]

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‘All That’s Left in the World’ is post-apocalyptic queer romance

‘All That’s Left in the World’ is post-apocalyptic queer romance

In post pandemic world where most of the population has been wiped out by a Super-flu, two teenagers confront each other, unsure of each other at first they slowly strike up a friendship that sees them banding together to seek out a new future. Erik J Brown’s new young adult queer romance All That’s Left in […]

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Bibliophile | Sally Gare shares her story in ‘Outback Teacher’

Outback Teacher by Sally Gare Allen & Unwin If you went to teachers’ college in the 1950’s, you were expected to serve time in a country school. The government paid your fees and gave you a pitiful living allowance and if you didn’t spend your first two years teaching at a country posting and accepting […]

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Bibliophile | Tom Tilley finds life after church in ‘Speaking in Tongues’

Speaking in Tongues by Tom Tilley ABC Books Tom Tilley has shared other people’s stories on national radio for more than a decade, and now he shares his coming of age story. As the host of triple j’s nightly news and currents affairs program Hack, Tom spoke to half a million national radio listeners each […]

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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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