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Bibliophile | ‘The King’ tells the story of Charles’ rise to the throne

The King by Christopher Andersen Gallery Books From the moment he first drew breath his fate had been pre-ordained, but it would be another 74 years before he would become King Charles III. For 42 years Christopher Andersen has written about the scandal-plagued royal family and now he writes about the life of the longest […]

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Bibliophile | ‘The Artist’s Secret’: Danger, deceit, betrayal & Louboutins

The Artist’s Secret by Alexandra Joel HarperCollins Having penned many ‘sweeping sagas’, Alexandra Joel jets readers to the world of museums, art galleries, high level behind the scenes negotiations and auctions where celebrated artworks are bought for stratospheric prices. At the centre of this whirlwind is talented art historian Wren Summers who was the assistant […]

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Bibliophile | Michelle Upton sets the ‘Terms of Inheritance’

Terms of Inheritance by Michelle Upton Harper Collins Business tycoon Jacki Turner summoned her four daughters to her Gold Coast mansion, known as ‘the castle’. The emergency family meeting was because Jacki had found out she was dying, which was difficult to believe as the only doctors Jacki ever saw were plastic surgeons. It had […]

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Bibliophile | Scheming and intrigue abound in Philippa Gregory’s ‘Dawnlands’

Dawnlands by Philippa Gregory Simon & Schuster In 1685, London is still rebuilding after the Great fire of 1666. Livia Avery is summoned to be Lady in Waiting to her good friend Mary of Modena, whose husband is to be crowned King James II of England. The new king is Roman Catholic who prays in […]

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Bibliophile | ‘Desert Star’ offers a stark mystery with a relentless lead

Desert Star by Michael Connelly Allen & Unwin Former police reporter for the Los Angeles Times, Michael Connelly has sold more that eighty million copies worldwide of the thirty-seven novels he has written. He has also written and produced several successful television series based on Detective Harry Bosch. In Desert Star, the now retired LAPD […]

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Bibliophile | Annie Seaton’s ‘East of Alice’ is a fascinating thriller

East of Alice by Annie Seaton Harper Collins Annie Seaton likes to explore remote areas of Australia for story ideas and research. About 150 kms east of Alice Springs, at the far end of the East MacDonnell Ranges, lies Ruby Creek – an oasis shaded by white ghost gums and surrounded by red quartzite cliffs. […]

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Bibliophile | ‘Tiny Uncertain Miracles’ by Michelle Johnston

Bibliophile | ‘Tiny Uncertain Miracles’ by Michelle Johnston

Tiny Uncertain Miracles By Michelle Johnston Fourth Estate Marick tried to turn to God for answers when he lost his wife Diana and his precious daughter Claudia, but he could not find anything in the hymns and pulpit of the church where he assisted the Deacon. Across the road, Royal Perth Hospital needed a chaplain […]

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Bibliophile | Family secrets unburied in Chris Hammer’s ‘The Tilt’

The Tilt by Chris Hammer Allen & Unwin New homicide detective Nell (Narelle) Buchannan is rather annoyed that she has been assigned a decades-old murder case, a file-and-forget case that happened before she was born. In fact it even happened before her mother was born in the country town near the land formation known as […]

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Bibliophile | Designer Gregory Ladner was once just ‘A Boy and His Bear’

A Boy and His Bear By Gregory Ladner Hardie Grant Born in 1950, Australian fashion designer Gregory Ladner has supplied David Jones for 50 years with must-have fashion accessories as well as making haute couture evening dresses, party frocks and wedding gowns for Melbourne’s best dressed women. Now that he has retired, he has had […]

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Bibliophile | ‘Mad Honey’ sees Jodi Picoult collaborate with Jennifer Finney Boylan

Bibliophile | ‘Mad Honey’ sees Jodi Picoult collaborate with Jennifer Finney Boylan

Mad Honey by Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Finney Boylan Allen & Unwin Olivia McAfee never expected to be an apiarist like her father; she never thought she’d be sleeping in her childhood bedroom as an adult and, never in her wildest dreams, did she imagine she would settle on the New Hampshire farm that she […]

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