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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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Bibliophile | ‘Love and Other Puzzles’ is delightfully original

Love and Other Puzzles By Kimberley Allsopp HarperCollins Rory, or as her mother calls her Aurora, is a very unique individual that you can’t help fall in love with. After moving from Sydney, she now lives with partner Lucas, an artist who is “propped up by pillows of inherited wealth”, and works as an intern […]

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Bibliophile | Can strangers fall in love after just ’28 Questions’?

28 Questions by Indyana Schneider Scribner What brings you pleasure? Indyana Schneider studied music at Oxford University before moving to Vienna to sing opera professionally, and the main character in her book is Amalia, a first year music student at Oxford University who wants to be a professional opera singer. What song means a great […]

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Bibliophile | ‘The Islands’ explores a Finnish experience down under

The Islands by Emily Brugman Allen & Unwin The Abrolhos Islands were a day’s boat ride west of the Western Australian mainland when Finnish migrant Onni Saari went there in search of his brother Nalle who had gone missing in a storm in 1960. Onni didn’t find his brother but he did find a rhythm […]

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Bibliophile | ‘How High We Go In The Dark’ explores resilience in a new world

How High We Go In The Dark by Sequoia Nagamatsu Bloomsbury Publishing In 2031, melting ice in Siberian exposes extinct beasts and even the thirty thousand year old remains of a young girl. When one of the archaeologists at the remote dig dies of a mystery illness, it is found that the team has reanimated […]

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Bibliophile | ‘Faking It’, author Kyle Mewburn shares her transition journey

Faking It: My Life in Transition – A Memoir Kyle Mewburn Penguin Author Kyle Mewburn has written dozen of books, but if you don’t have a young child in your life you might not be familiar with works like Slowcoach Turtle, The Bear in the Room Next Door, Kiss! Kiss! Yuck! Yuck! or their very popular Dinosaur Rescue series. […]

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Bibliophile | ‘The Hidden Case of Ewan Forbes’ by Zoe Playdon

The Hidden Case of Ewan Forbes by Zoe Playdon Bloomsbury Publishing Zoe Playdon was with a group of lawyers working for trans equality in the UK in 1996 when her research revealed that trans people had been able to alter their birth certificates in the past without any problems. This had changed in the late […]

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Bibliophile | ‘The Simplest Gift’ by Stefanos Xenakis is inspiring

The Simplest Gift by Stefanos Xenakis Harlequin Athens-based Stefanos Xenakis is a social media phenomenon who has a passion for self-improvement. He has come a long way from the scared little child who couldn’t stand up for himself, was scared to say ‘no’ to someone, scared to do what he wanted and even scared to […]

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Bibliophile | Alan Cumming unpacks his ‘Baggage’ with joyous memoir

Baggage by Alan Cumming Canongate In his first memoir Not My Father’s Son, Alan Cumming wrote about having to deal with his sadistic father’s physical and emotional abuse – “a little boy dealing with a very disturbed and dangerous adult man whose splintered psyche rained down such physical and emotional violence it startled even me […]

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