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Bibliophile | Sally Field shares her life In Pieces

In Pieces by Sally Field Simon & Schuster Sally Field has an infectious charm that has captivated audiences for five decades. She has stunned audiences and won the highest awards with her artistic range – from the complexity of Sybil to the ferocity of Norma Rae and the beleaguered Mary Todd Lincoln. Yet there is […]

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Invisible Boys: Holden Sheppard explores growing up gay in Geraldton

Invisible Boys: Holden Sheppard explores growing up gay in Geraldton

Western Australian author Holden Sheppard is one of six writers nominated for the prestigious Hungerford Award for his latest work exploring the experience of growing up gay in regional WA. Invisible Boys follows four gay teenagers living in present day Geraldton, alternating between their different viewpoints as they struggle with the issues that surround coming […]

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Bibliophile | Hoodwinked: How Pauline Hanson fooled a nation

hoodwinked: how pauline hanson fooled a nation by Kerry-Anne Walsh Allen & Unwin Kerry-Anne Walsh was in the Canberra press gallery 25 years before becoming disenchanted with political spin and the nature of political reporting. Everyone knew Pauline (no last name needed) even though she had only been in parliament for a total of 4 […]

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Bibliophile | A hostage situation plays backward in A Spark of Light

A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult Allen & Unwin Jodi Picoult has done it again. Despite being a prolific writer, her books always produce enthralling stories that engage the reader while covering a myriad of opinions on controversial issues. In her latest novel, she delves into the extreme politics and ethical dilemmas of abortion […]

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Bibliophile | The future is a floating junkyard in Jay Kristoff’s LIFEL1K3

LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff Allen & Unwin Jay Kristoff grew up in Perth but when he realized that good bands didn’t tour here, he relocated to Melbourne. After several years in a rock band, he realized that just looking the part didn’t make you a star. He wrote his first novel on his lunch breaks […]

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Bibliophile | Unwell: What Makes a Disease a Disease

Unwell: What Makes a Disease a Disease by Mike McRae University of Queensland Press Medical scientist Mike McRae admits to being ‘a little broken’. In fact, he considers that all his family and all his friends are in some way ‘broken’. If they had lived at different moments in history, they would have had different […]

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Bibliophile | Two teenagers are entwined in Sally Rooney’s Normal People

Normal People by Sally Rooney Faber & Faber As indicated by the cover image, Sally Rooney’s novel is about two people whose lives are entwined. Beginning in their last year of high school, Marianne Sheridan and Connell Waldron spend more and more time together away from the stratification that separates them at their high school. […]

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Bibliophile | A dream dinner party becomes reality in The Dinner List

The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle Allen & Unwin Stop everything you’re doing. Take a deep breath. Think of five words that describe your current state of being. Go on … do it. Now think of five people, living or dead, that you would like to have dinner with. That’s the basis for Rebecca Serle’s […]

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Bibliophile | Tjanara Goreng Goreng is A Long Way From No Go

A Long Way From No Go by Tjanara Goreng Goreng Wild Dingo Press Christened Patricia Mary Williams, Tjanara spent her first years at No Go cattle station before moving into the town of Longreach in central western Queensland. She remembers that her family as being “impeccable Catholics” with a house so spotless that nobody could […]

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Bibliophile | Fiona Palmer finds family in Sisters and Brothers

Sisters and Brothers by Fiona Palmer Hachette Historically, marriage has been about social and economic stability. It was all about conserving the patriarchal lineage so that wealth could be passed onto the male bloodline. Conservative values about women keeping themselves pure before marriage and not having sex outside the marriage were strictly imposed on women, […]

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