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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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Bibliophile | Detective Dave Burrows returns in Without A Doubt

Without A Doubt by Fleur McDonald Allen & Unwin Esperance farmer and writer Fleur McDonald has written a succession of books that allow her readers to get to know rural Australia much better. In Without A Doubt, she continues the adventures of Detective Dave Burrows, who has been posted to the remote country town of […]

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Bibliophile | Thirty Thousand Bottles of Wine and a Pig Called Helga

Thirty Thousand Bottles of Wine and a Pig Called Helga By Todd Alexander Simon & Schuster Australia Todd and Jeff had had enough of the city. Todd was a high-flying marketing executive “living the classic city lifestyle of hard work and even harder play”. He lived with Jeff, who worked for a cancer charity, in […]

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Bibliophile | The Priory of the Orange Tree is an intricate fantasy

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon Bloomsbury Publishing Taking her inspiration from stories of old, Samantha Shannon has built an intricate fantasy world that is populated by a huge array of characters (there are 15 pages of character descriptions), wyverns (wyverns are much smaller than dragons, have limited powers and only 2 […]

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Bibliophile | Painting in the Shadows presents an art history mystery

Painting in the Shadows by Katherine Kovacic Bonnier Echo Formerly a veterinarian, Katherine Kovacic is now an art historian who works in a wide range of galleries, museums and private houses. Living in Melbourne with a Scottish Deerhound, she has created art dealer Alex Clayton who finds herself at the centre of a murder mystery […]

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