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Bibliophile | Women form a league of their own in ‘Darkness Runs Deep’

Darkness Runs Deep By Claire McNeel Macmillan Although women have been playing Australian Rules Football for over a century, it was not until 2017 that the inaugural Australian Football League for Women (AFLW) was founded, with eight teams competing over a nine-week season. Claire McNeel takes the reader back to 1993, to a small country […]

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Bibliophile | Author and academic Jodi McAlister is ‘Not Here To Make Friends’

Not Here to Make Friends by Jodi McAllister Simon & Schuster Jodi McAllister is currently a Senior Lecturer in Writing, Literature and Culture at Deakin University in Melbourne. Her academic work focuses on the history of love, sex, women and girls, popular culture and fiction. This means that reading romance novels and watching The Bachelor […]

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Bibliophile | Liz Harfull celebrates women who live ‘A Farming Life’

A Farming Life by Liz Harfull Allen & Unwin Liz Harfull is passionate about unearthing the histories and telling the stories of extraordinary everyday people who make up our communities, especially in rural and regional Australia. In A Farming Life, Harfull has collected incredible stories of resilience from inspiring rural women – women who manage […]

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Bibliophile | Sift through the secrets and lies of ‘The Guest Room’

The Guest Room by Tasha Sylva Welbeck Publishing The headline was “33 Year-old Woman Found Dead in London Park”. Of course, there was much more to the story. There were the unknown events that led to the taking of a life and the people left behind to grieve without any progress being made by police […]

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Bibliophile | Dangerous games offer big prizes in ‘Going Zero’

Going Zero by Anthony McCarten Macmillan It is a competition to test the latest developments in spyware pioneered by FUSION, the successful tech company run by Cy Baxter and his partner Erica Coogan, and librarian Kaitlyn Day finds out that she was going to be one of the participants. The Going Zero Test, run in […]

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Bibliophile | Quiet community shaken by disaster in ‘Into the Night’

Into the Night by Fleur Mc Donald Allen & Unwin Thirty-one year old Leo Perry manages the family farm east of Perth, although his father has a very tight hold on the purse strings. He is married to Jill and they have two young children. While Jill manages to get out and about in the […]

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Bibliophile | Warm hearts prevail in Tom Rob Smith’s ‘Cold People’

Cold People by Tom Rob Smith Simon & Schuster Gay writer Tom Rob Smith is fascinated by people who have had to migrate from their countries of origin, and his speculative fiction begins with an alien armada hovering over the earth and giving humanity 30 days to vacate to the most inhospitable place on the […]

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Bibliophile | Shannon Molloy bares his soul in ‘You Made Me This Way’

You Made Me This Way by Shannon Molloy HarperCollins Warning: This review contains mentions of sexual assault. Award-winning journalist and author Shannon Molloy is best known for his debut book Fourteen, a memoir about growing up gay in regional Queensland. The critically acclaimed best seller has now been turned into a sell-out stage production and […]

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Bibliophile | ‘A Country of Eternal Light’ offers out of body experience

A Country of Eternal Light by Paul Dalgarno Fourth Estate Margaret Bryce is the deceased mother of twin girls and, since dying in 2014, seems to be suspended in a country of eternal light. Originally referring to the North Pole in the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, a country of eternal light was a place […]

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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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