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Bibliophile | ‘The Secrets of Strangers’ brings a thrilling, unforgettable read

The Secrets of Strangers by Charity Norman Allen & Unwin Neil used to have a job, a family, friends, a home and a sofa to sit on at night to watch television. Now he sleeps on the London streets and keeps everything her owns on three plastic bags and a tatty backpack. When someone drops […]

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Bibliophile | Sophie Gonzales queer rom-com ‘Only Mostly Devastated’

Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales Hatchette “I don’t want this to be over,” he said. “I’ll definitely never forget you,” he said. “Please don’t lose contact. I need to see you again one day,” he said. It had been seven weeks of bliss, the best summer holiday of seventeen year-old Ollie’s life. Will had […]

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Bibliophile | Deaf detective Caleb Zelic returns in ‘Darkness for Light’

Darkness For Light by Emma Viskic Echo Publishing A bout of meningitis left Caleb Zelic deaf when he was 5 years of age so he became proficient at watching body language and picking up tell-tale signs that people try to hide. Lip reading can be full of hazards – beards, swollen lips and people looking […]

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Holden Sheppard’s Invisible Boys continues its run of success

Holden Sheppard’s Invisible Boys continues its run of success

The 2020 Indie Book Awards have released their long list of nominations, and WA writer Holden Sheppard’s young adult novel Invisible Boys is among the nominees. Since being released earlier this year the Geraldton raised author’s debut novel has been attracting high praise and racking up award nominations. Also making the list is the new book by […]

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Bibliophile | ‘Otherwise Known as Pig’ is an essential read on bullying

Otherwise Known as Pig by Catch Tilly Wakefield Press “It’s always a shock: that sudden explosion of pain and the short involuntary cry as my lips meet my teeth. I hate that cry. That’s when he laughs. Along with the rest of Year 9. Maybe they’re too scared to do anything else or maybe it’s […]

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Bibliophile | ‘How Fear Works: Culture of Fear in the 21st Century’

How Fear Works: Culture of Fear in the 21st Century by Frank Furedi Bloomsbury The television news headlines were as depressing as usual. This time is was forecasts of “hellish catastrophic weather for Sydney”, “fears that the black plague might return” and surveys finding that “most people are anxious about the state of the economy”. […]

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Bibliophile | The Dalai Lama’s Cat & the Four Paws of Spiritual Success

The Four Paws of Spiritual Success by David Michie Hay House For those of you who have met the Dalai Lama’s cat before in a previous book by Subiaco writer David Michie (The Dalai Lama’s Cat, The Art of Purring, The Power of Meow), she is back … just as vain and just as insightful […]

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Bibliophile | Sara Pascoe on what matters: ‘Sex Power Money’

Sex Power Money by Sara Pascoe Allen & Unwin Highly acclaimed comedian, writer and actor Sara Pascoe has turned her attention to all things that matter to us human animals – sex, power and money – concentrating mainly on how evolution has molded human sexuality. Noticing that the male/female dichotomy is imposed from birth, she […]

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Bibliophile | ‘I Miss You When I Blink’ blends the absurd with the profound

I Miss You When I Blink by Mary Laura Philpott Murdoch Books Mary Laura Philpott has written for The New York Times, The Paris Review and O The Oprah Magazine, examining the overlap between the absurd and the profound in her life. In this memoir-in-essays, she shares the humour of her life’s more memorable moments […]

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Bibliophile | Urzila Carlson is Rolling with the Punchlines

Rolling with the Punchlines by Urzila Carlson Allen & Unwin Comedian Urzila Carlson has made a big splash in Australia and New Zealand where she lives with her wife and two children. Originally from South Africa, she did her first stand-up gig did as a dare from her workmates in 2008. She now has regular […]

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