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Bibliophile | Kate Hilton’s ‘Better Luck Next Time’ finds laughs in family drama

Better Luck Next Time by Kate Hilton Allen & Unwin We meet the Goldstein-Hennessey family at a Christmas gathering of the clan and fortunately there is a list of characters at the beginning of the book to help keep track of them as the reader follows the many unfolding dramas. Trying to play happy families […]

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Bibliophile | Hannah Persaud explores ‘The Codes of Love’

The Codes of Love by Hannah Persaud Muswell Press It is 2015 and it looks as if London couple Emily and Ryan has it all – successful jobs, stunning house and the secret to a successful marriage. The kids have grown up and, while all the marriages within their circle of friends are crumbling, their […]

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Bibliophile | ‘Inheritance of Secrets’ weaves intrigue, danger and healing

The Inheritance of Secrets by Sonya Bates HarperCollins Publishers Juliet Dunne had never seen a dead body before she was taken by a detective to identify the bodies of her grandparents who had been murdered in a home invasion. To make things worse, her Oma and Opa (Karl and Margarete Weiss), who had raised her, […]

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Bibliophile | Chris Flynn looks to the lessons of the past in ‘Mammoth’

Mammoth by Chris Flynn University of Queensland Press The inspiration for Chris Flynn’s wacky novel was an auction that was held in New York in 2007. Included in the 345 lots that were bought by the rich and famous was a 67 million year old skull of a Tyrannosaurus bataar, the severed hand of an […]

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Bibliophile | ‘Taking Down Evelyn Tait’ is a joyous teen journey of discovery

Taking Down Evelyn Tait by Poppy Nwosu Wakefield Press Sixteen year-old Charlotte (Lottie) Murphy is a frequent visitor to her principal’s office – so frequent that they seem to be on a first name basis. In the first chapter of this Young Adult book is titled How to Lose Your Best Friend and Your Breakfast. […]

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Jericho Brown wins Pulitzer Prize for poetry

Jericho Brown wins Pulitzer Prize for poetry

Poet Jericho Brown has been awarded the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for poetry for his recent collection The Tradition. In selecting Brown’s book for the honor, the Pulitzer board called it “a collection of masterful lyrics that combine delicacy with historical urgency in their loving evocation of bodies vulnerable to hostility and violence.” His work touches on […]

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Michael R Jackson’s ‘A Strange Loop’ wins Pulitzer Prize for Drama

Michael R Jackson’s ‘A Strange Loop’ wins Pulitzer Prize for Drama

The 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Drama has been awarded to Michael R. Jackson’s A Strange Loop.  The prestigious awards celebrate excellence in the arts and letters by US writers. Jackson is the first black writer to win the drama award. The play is about a black, queer writer working a day job he hates while creating […]

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Bibliophile | Gina Inverarity modernises a classic fable with ‘Snow’

Snow by Gina Inverarity Wakefield Press ABC online news had a recent headline From the Burbs to the Bush, Animals are Reclaiming and Exploring the World During Coronavirus. Of course, Gina Inverarity wouldn’t have known about that when she wrote her recently published book that predicts that a global catastrophe releases animals that were previously […]

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Bibliophile | Michael Cashman is ‘One of Them’

One of Them by Michael Cashman Bloomsbury Publishing Born in 1951, Michael Cashman recalls that if there was no entertainment when he was a child – he would make his own. He was only seven or eight when he was dancing for his mother and her friend and he heard her say “I think he’s […]

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Bibliophile | Comedian Robert Webb gets serious with ‘Come Again’

Come Again by Robert Webb Allen & Unwin British comedian Robert Webb used to be part of a double-act with David Mitchell, starring in Peep Show on British television for 12 years. After heart surgery last year, 47 year-old Webb has quit drinking and smoking and is now focusing on writing. His debut novel Come […]

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