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Bibliophile | Michelle Upton sets the ‘Terms of Inheritance’

Terms of Inheritance by Michelle Upton Harper Collins Business tycoon Jacki Turner summoned her four daughters to her Gold Coast mansion, known as ‘the castle’. The emergency family meeting was because Jacki had found out she was dying, which was difficult to believe as the only doctors Jacki ever saw were plastic surgeons. It had […]

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Bibliophile | Scheming and intrigue abound in Philippa Gregory’s ‘Dawnlands’

Dawnlands by Philippa Gregory Simon & Schuster In 1685, London is still rebuilding after the Great fire of 1666. Livia Avery is summoned to be Lady in Waiting to her good friend Mary of Modena, whose husband is to be crowned King James II of England. The new king is Roman Catholic who prays in […]

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Bibliophile | ‘Desert Star’ offers a stark mystery with a relentless lead

Desert Star by Michael Connelly Allen & Unwin Former police reporter for the Los Angeles Times, Michael Connelly has sold more that eighty million copies worldwide of the thirty-seven novels he has written. He has also written and produced several successful television series based on Detective Harry Bosch. In Desert Star, the now retired LAPD […]

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Bibliophile | Annie Seaton’s ‘East of Alice’ is a fascinating thriller

East of Alice by Annie Seaton Harper Collins Annie Seaton likes to explore remote areas of Australia for story ideas and research. About 150 kms east of Alice Springs, at the far end of the East MacDonnell Ranges, lies Ruby Creek – an oasis shaded by white ghost gums and surrounded by red quartzite cliffs. […]

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Bibliophile | Designer Gregory Ladner was once just ‘A Boy and His Bear’

A Boy and His Bear By Gregory Ladner Hardie Grant Born in 1950, Australian fashion designer Gregory Ladner has supplied David Jones for 50 years with must-have fashion accessories as well as making haute couture evening dresses, party frocks and wedding gowns for Melbourne’s best dressed women. Now that he has retired, he has had […]

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Bibliophile | Under Her Skin: The Life and Work of Professor Fiona Wood AM

Under Her Skin: The Life and Work of Professor Fiona Wood AM by Sue Williams Allen & Unwin On 12 October this year, it will be twenty years since three bombs exploded in two popular Kuta nightspots, the Sari Club and Paddy’s Bar, in Bali and killed over 200 people. Of the 52 critically injured […]

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Bibliophile | ‘The French Agent’ is a perfect book club thriller

The French Agent by Belinda Alexandra Harper Collins In 1946, Sabine Brouillette returned to her Paris home after being imprisoned in a camp during the war for working of the French Resistance. Now a war crimes investigator with the French Secret Service, she felt she was living in a state of suspended animation, waiting for […]

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Bibliophile | Chris Flynn’s ‘Here Be Leviathans’ brings lessons from the past

Here be Leviathans by Chris Flynn University of Queensland Press Belfast-born Australian author Chris Flynn, who is Editor-in-Residence at Museum Victoria and lives on Phillip Island, is probably best known for his best-selling book Mammoth. Mammoth gave an unusual perspective to life on earth by giving a voice to the remains of the extinct American […]

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Bibliophile | Jacinta Parsons explores getting older in ‘A Question of Age’

Bibliophile | Jacinta Parsons explores getting older in ‘A Question of Age’

A Question of Age by Jacinta Parsons ABC Books At the beginning of her book, Jacinta Parsons who currently hosts Afternoons on ABC Melbourne radio, warns that this is not a self-help book. Admitting that her book may not even be all that helpful, she reflects that no one really needs help with aging as […]

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Review | ‘Moonage Daydream’ invites audiences into Bowie’s chaotic mind

Review | ‘Moonage Daydream’ invites audiences into Bowie’s chaotic mind

Moonage Daydream | Dir: Brett Morgan| ★ ★ ★ ★ ½  I think that this love letter documentary from writer, director, producer and editor Brett Morgen should have been called Montage Daydream as this homage to David Bowie is a collation of photographs, music videos, interviews, concert clips, movie and stage performances. They are interspersed with psychedelic […]

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