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Bibliophile | Lisa Curry shares memoir on life, love & loss

Lisa: A memoir – 60 Years of life, love & loss by Lisa Curry with Ellen Whinnett Harper Collins Lisa Curry has sorted through 60 years of memorabilia and memories and got together with Walkley Award-winning journalist Ellen Whinnett to put together a record of the experiences that have shaped her – the highs and […]

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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 | ‘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 | ‘Banjawarn’ leaves its mark on Australian gothic fiction

Banjawarn by Josh Kemp UWA Press Garreth Hoyle has found some success with his true crime book, but his love affair with hallucinogenic drugs has sent him searching for ghosts in the unforgiving desert north of Kalgoorlie. A psychologist in the city once told him that he shouldn’t use hallucinogenics because he had a lot […]

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Bibliophile | ‘Golden Boys’ celebrates connection in an isolated world

Golden Boys By Phil Stamper Bloomsbury Publishing Phil Stamper’s last Young Adult book As Far As You’ll Take Me was a tribute to every queer kid who had to leave their home in order to find one. Golden Boys, which was written in the middle of the Covid pandemic, is all about friendship, connection, being […]

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Bibliophile | Bill Hayes explores 2000 years of exercise & memories in ‘Sweat’

Sweat: A History of Exercise by Bill Hayes Bloomsbury Publishing One of Bill Hayes’ biggest fears about getting old is that he won’t be able to exercise and he’ll be bedridden, stuck in front of a television. Hayes lets us into his life as he explores over two thousand years of exercising across three continents, […]

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