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Bibliophile | Joan of Arc faces the future in The Book of Joan

The Book of Joan by Lidia Yuknavitch Allen & Unwin   Where to start? Maybe with a quote from the book. “Once there was a girl from France. She heard a song and became a warrior for her country, but her country lost its shape and aim in the Wars, as all countries did, and […]

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Bibliophile | The Lost Pages of literary legend Franz Kafka

The Lost Pages by Marija Peričić Allen & Unwin Franz Kafka has been referred to as the most important person in German literature but his short story The Metamorphosis was one of the few pieces of writing published in his lifetime. Dying of tuberculosis in 1924, he gave instructions to his literary executor Max Brod […]

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Bibliophile | Louise Allan sings the song of two sisters in her latest novel

The Sisters’ Song by Louise Allan Allen & Unwin Although she now lives in Perth, Louise Allan grew up in Tasmania and this is where she sets her debut novel. Starting in 1926, when a meal could be made of bread and dripping and baths were a once a week occurrence, it follows the lives […]

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Bibliophile | David Bowie Made Me Gay: 100 Years of LGBT Music

David Bowie Made Me Gay: 100 Years of LGBT Music by Darryl W Bullock Duckworth Overlook Music is an integral part of our lives and thanks to the media, we know all sorts of gossip about the lives of performers. I think Annie Lennox made me gay, but I had no idea about her sexuality. […]

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Bibliophile | the french art of not giving a f*ck

the french art of not giving a f*ck by Fabrice Midal Allen and Unwin Professor of Philosophy at the University of Paris Fabrice Midal outlines fifteen areas of our lives that he believes need rethinking. He is convinced that there is no better way to unleash the forgotten possibilities within us than by getting rid […]

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Bibliophile | Local journo provokes the glitterati in There’s Your Quote, Mate

There’s Your Quote, Mate by Antonino Tati Antonino Tati, owner of 11’788 CDs (which equates to a CD-a-day for 32 years), boasts an impressive career in music journalism and his latest book, There’s Your Quote, Mate is a collection of his best interviews from over the years. Through his uniquely provocative style of interview he […]

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Bibliophile | Get The Inside History behind Netflix smash The Crown

The Crown: The Inside Story by Robert Lacy Allen & Unwin Launched in November last year, the Netflix drama of the current monarchy The Crown was hugely successful. Season 1 of The Crown is already on DVD and Blu-ray and the controversial second season commences on Netfiix on 8 December. The Crown: The Inside History […]

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Bibliophile | Maggie Beer’s Recipes for Life

Maggie’s Recipe for Life by Maggie Beer and Professor Ralph Martins Simon & Schuster At the moment, there are more than 350,000 Australians living with Alzheimer’s and there is no cure. Although there’s no confirmed cause other than it often runs in families, the latest research is based on the hypothesis that symptoms are triggered […]

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Bibliophile | Bitch Doctrine: Essays for Dissenting Adults

Bitch Doctrine: Essays for Dissenting Adults by Laurie Penny Bloomsbury London journalist Laurie Penny reports on radical politics, protest, digital culture and feminism from around the world and was the youngest person to be shortlisted for the Orwell Prize for political writing on her blog Penny Red. Her collection of essays is about gender, power […]

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Bibliophile | Suddenly One Summer in regional Western Australia

Suddenly One Summer Fleur McDonald Allen & Unwin Fleur McDonald has lived and worked on farms for much of her life … growing up on a farm in South Australia, being a Jillaroo and co-owning a 8000 acre property in regional Western Australia. Her familiarity with farms and the bush is entrenched in her tenth […]

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