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Bibliophile | ‘Rules for Perfect Murders’ is an ode to mystery novels

Rules for Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson Allen & Unwin The weather was extremely bleak and the snow was so bad that the Boston bookshop Old Devils was vacant when FBI Agent Gwen Mulvey arrived to speak with the owner Malcolm Kershaw. Kershaw narrates how she was inquiring about a list he had posted on […]

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Bibliophile | Psychiatrist Dr Mark Cross explores the nature of ‘Anxiety’

Anxiety by Dr Mark Cross ABC Books Quite an interesting time for this book to be published, and by someone who knows how it feels to suffer from anxiety. Psychiatrist Mark Cross has suffered from anxiety all his life, his mother and grandmother suffered and now he treats patients with the most common mental health […]

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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 | Queer teens tell the story in Aussie fantasy ‘Euphoria Kids’

Euphoria Kids by Alison Evans Echo Publishing This is fantasy story of three gender queer teenagers who are drawn together at school. Melbourne writer Alison Evans says that she can’t get their 15 year-old self out of their head – “The one who was scared because they thought they were alone”. And they don’t want […]

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Bibliophile | Remarkable people write a ‘Letter To My Younger Self’

Letter to My Younger Self Edited by Jane Graham Allen & Unwin What advice would you give to your sixteen year old self? What part of your life would you want to revisit? Journalist Jane Graham wanted to encourage the famous people she interviewed to talk about their lives in revealing and honest ways and […]

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Review | Kate McKinnon shines among big stars in ‘Bombshell’

Review | Kate McKinnon shines among big stars in ‘Bombshell’

Bombshell | Dir: Jay Roach | M | ★ ★ ★  ½  The word is already out about Bombshell as it is based on the actual story of the mega-powerful head of Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News Roger Ailes and the women who brought him to justice for years of sexual harassment. Incredibly this was only 4 […]

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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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Review | Greta Gerwig injects ‘Little Women’ with new life

Review | Greta Gerwig injects ‘Little Women’ with new life

Little Women | Dir: Greta Gerwig | G | ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Written 150 years ago by Louisa May Alcott, Little Women seems to be a timeless story. One of the earliest works of fiction for young girls, it has inspired eight film adaptations as well as Broadway productions, an anime series and even a television […]

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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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