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Bibliophile | ‘The French Agent’ is a perfect book club thriller

The French Agent by Belinda Alexandra Harper Collins In 1946, Sabine Brouillette returned to her Paris home after being imprisoned in a camp during the war for working of the French Resistance. Now a war crimes investigator with the French Secret Service, she felt she was living in a state of suspended animation, waiting for […]

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Bibliophile | Chris Flynn’s ‘Here Be Leviathans’ brings lessons from the past

Here be Leviathans by Chris Flynn University of Queensland Press Belfast-born Australian author Chris Flynn, who is Editor-in-Residence at Museum Victoria and lives on Phillip Island, is probably best known for his best-selling book Mammoth. Mammoth gave an unusual perspective to life on earth by giving a voice to the remains of the extinct American […]

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Bibliophile | Jacinta Parsons explores getting older in ‘A Question of Age’

Bibliophile | Jacinta Parsons explores getting older in ‘A Question of Age’

A Question of Age by Jacinta Parsons ABC Books At the beginning of her book, Jacinta Parsons who currently hosts Afternoons on ABC Melbourne radio, warns that this is not a self-help book. Admitting that her book may not even be all that helpful, she reflects that no one really needs help with aging as […]

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Bibliophile | ‘Nothing to Hide’ shares stories of trans & gender diverse Australia

Nothing to Hide edited by Sam Elkin, Alex Gallagher, Yves Rees & Bobuq Sayed Allen & Unwin Well into the twentieth century in Australia, individuals who engaged in crossdressing or other ‘gender-deviant’ behaviour anywhere public were arrested and charged under state vagrancy laws. As a consequence, most gender-diverse people lived in the shadows, far away […]

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Bibliophile | ‘The Stranger’ subverts Western genre with a feminist gaze

The Stranger by Kathryn Hore Allen & Unwin Darkwater, named after the brackish water that came from the wells, was a self-sufficient town with the wall protecting the people from the “frightening outside, full of contagion, deformity and chaos”. Everyone noticed when a stranger rode into town, a town where the borders came up when […]

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Bibliophile | ‘Bad Gays’ looks at homosexuality through the ages

Bad Gays: A Homosexual History by Huw Lemmey and Ben Miller Verso Huw Lemmey is a novelist, artist and critic and Ben Miller is a writer and researcher who has taught queer history, literature and visual cultures in Berlin. They have gathered life stories that expand our knowledge of sexual identity and argue that gay […]

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Bibliophile | ‘The Measure’ reflects on life, death and the big picture

The Measure by Nikki Erlick Harper Collins On an otherwise ordinary day, people all around the world woke up to find boxes inscribed with their names – millions of small brown boxes in every town, in every country. Inside each box was a piece of string which varied in length for each recipient, and written […]

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Bibliophile | ‘Mr Carver’s Whale’: 19th century sailors seek fortune in Albany

Mr Carver’s Whale by Lyn Hughes Fourth Estate This engrossing saga begins in 1850 when the youngest Carvalhos brother receives a sea chest full of books. As Antonio unbuckles the leather strap on the sturdy sea chest on the dock of the small island of Pico, a whole new world opens up for him to […]

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Bibliophile | AViVA’s ‘Relentless’ continues the tale of Teddy Veodrum

Relentless by AViVA Pan Macmillan Self/Less left readers suspended on a huge cliff-hanger, but Relentless continues the tale of Teddy Veodrum, who is now eighteen, and introduces yet more complexity. In old bomb shelters beneath Metropolis in a dystopian future, are a growing web of clans who are fighting to survive and to keep their […]

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Bibliophile | Self-expression banned in the world of ‘Self/Less’

Self / Less by AViVA Pan Macmillan Set in a dystopian future, seventeen year-old Teddy Veodrum lives in Metropolis City and is about to graduate from high school. She has been brought up to believe that she is one of the chosen people to live in the walled city whose Council members have banished all […]

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