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Bibliophile | Young love blooms in ‘As Far As You’ll Take Me’

As Far As You’ll Take Me  by Phil Stamper Bloomsbury Marty is almost 18 and he is sick of living a lie. He has graduated early from high school, earned money working at a ‘shit diner’ and has a one-way ticket to London. Away from his small Kentucky town and his bible-thumping parents who think […]

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Bibliophile | David Michie’s ‘The Secret Mantra’ brings a gripping hunt

The Secret Mantra by David Michie Hay House Matt Lester is in the Himalayan Mountains, following a goat track to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery in Bhutan. In The sequel to The Magician of Lhasa, the former quantum physicist Matt has completely changed his life and devoted the last 5 years to spiritual development with Tibetan […]

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Bibliophile | The Magician of Lhasa by David Michie

The Magician of Lhasa by David Michie Hay House Matt Lester works at the Imperial Science Institute in London as a research manager for creating nanobots – highly functioning robots of microscopic size. When he moves to Los Angeles with his partner for a job opportunity, his life doesn’t pan out as smoothly as he […]

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Bibliophile | ‘The French Art of Not Trying Too Hard’ by Ollivier Pourriol

The French Art of Not Trying Too Hard by Ollivier Pourriol Profile Books “Hard work has its own rewards” is a mantra often given to students, burdened by expectations that they have to succeed in school to achieve anything or be anyone. Learning a language, playing a musical instrument and working hard in a chosen […]

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Bibliophile | ‘Contacts’ makes you wonder who your friends truly are

Contacts by Mark Watson HarperCollins Forty year-old James boards the London to Edinburgh sleeper train just before midnight. He has two pork pies, six beers and a packet of chocolate digestives for the journey. Just before the train departs, he sends a message to all 158 people in his contacts list, telling them he intends […]

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Bibliophile | ‘Note to Self’ by Rebekah Ballagh

Note to Self: The Secrets of Calm by Rebekah Ballagh Allen & Unwin Rebekah Ballagh is a qualified counselor who created the popular Instagram page called Journey to Wellness – @journey_to_wellness_ – when she wanted students at the school where she was counseling at to have something better than leaflets. Her book is a beautifully […]

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Bibliophile | Growing older can be ‘The Time of Our Lives’

The Time of Our Lives by Robert Dessaix (Brio Books) Audio book narrated by Paul English (Wavesound) Robert Dessaix is at a Yogyakarta hotel when he starts contemplating growing old. At 76 years of age, he is watching a 25 year-old Balinese wellness instructor on the lawn with a group of elderly hotel guests as […]

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Author Garry Linnell chats about his new book ‘Moonlite’

Author Garry Linnell chats about his new book ‘Moonlite’

Author Garry Linnell has spoken to OUTinPerth editor Graeme Watson about his new book, Moonlite which documents the life of Andrew George Scott, one of Australia’s last bushrangers. Known as Captain Moonite, Scott was different to other outlaws such as Ned Kelly, because he was in love with one his fellow bushrangers. In this interview […]

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Bibliophile | ‘Honeybee’ is a trans coming-of-age story with a local perspective

Honeybee by Craig Silvey Allen & Unwin When fourteen year-old Sam Watson climbs over the rail of the traffic overpass late at night, Sam wonders if it is going to do will hurt or if death would be instant. Having a slight pang of sympathy for whoever would find what remained, Sam notices an old […]

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Bibliophile | ‘The Book of Two Ways’ reflects on choices of the past

The Book of Two Ways By Jodi Picoult Allen & Unwin Dawn Edelstein knows a lot about death. As a death doula (a death midwife), she helps people on their final journeys and tries to fulfill their last wishes. Fifteen years earlier, before she married and had a daughter, she was a graduate student in […]

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