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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 | ‘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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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 | ‘This Book will Change Your Mind about Mental Health’

This Book will Change Your Mind about Mental Health by Nathan Filer Allen & Unwin Nathan Filer is a mental health nurse whose novel about a young man grieving the loss of his brother (The Shock of the Fall) was a best-seller that has been translated into 30 languages. It took him 9 years to […]

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Bibliophile | ‘Rules for Perfect Murders’ is an ode to mystery novels

Rules for Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson Allen & Unwin The weather was extremely bleak and the snow was so bad that the Boston bookshop Old Devils was vacant when FBI Agent Gwen Mulvey arrived to speak with the owner Malcolm Kershaw. Kershaw narrates how she was inquiring about a list he had posted on […]

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Bibliophile | ‘The Secrets of Strangers’ brings a thrilling, unforgettable read

The Secrets of Strangers by Charity Norman Allen & Unwin Neil used to have a job, a family, friends, a home and a sofa to sit on at night to watch television. Now he sleeps on the London streets and keeps everything her owns on three plastic bags and a tatty backpack. When someone drops […]

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Bibliophile | Sophie Gonzales queer rom-com ‘Only Mostly Devastated’

Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales Hatchette “I don’t want this to be over,” he said. “I’ll definitely never forget you,” he said. “Please don’t lose contact. I need to see you again one day,” he said. It had been seven weeks of bliss, the best summer holiday of seventeen year-old Ollie’s life. Will had […]

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