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Bibliophile | Louise Allan sings the song of two sisters in her latest novel

The Sisters’ Song by Louise Allan Allen & Unwin Although she now lives in Perth, Louise Allan grew up in Tasmania and this is where she sets her debut novel. Starting in 1926, when a meal could be made of bread and dripping and baths were a once a week occurrence, it follows the lives […]

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Bibliophile | David Bowie Made Me Gay: 100 Years of LGBT Music

David Bowie Made Me Gay: 100 Years of LGBT Music by Darryl W Bullock Duckworth Overlook Music is an integral part of our lives and thanks to the media, we know all sorts of gossip about the lives of performers. I think Annie Lennox made me gay, but I had no idea about her sexuality. […]

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Bibliophile | the french art of not giving a f*ck

the french art of not giving a f*ck by Fabrice Midal Allen and Unwin Professor of Philosophy at the University of Paris Fabrice Midal outlines fifteen areas of our lives that he believes need rethinking. He is convinced that there is no better way to unleash the forgotten possibilities within us than by getting rid […]

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December Film Reviews: Take a closer look

December Film Reviews: Take a closer look

Sometimes we see films that draw us in while viewing them, but then tarnish when thinking about them afterwards. Sometimes a film can be annoying and confusing but on contemplation reveals complex and interesting layers. Then sometimes we laugh all the way through a film, only to be grounded later on by the weight of […]

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Bibliophile | Get The Inside History behind Netflix smash The Crown

The Crown: The Inside Story by Robert Lacy Allen & Unwin Launched in November last year, the Netflix drama of the current monarchy The Crown was hugely successful. Season 1 of The Crown is already on DVD and Blu-ray and the controversial second season commences on Netfiix on 8 December. The Crown: The Inside History […]

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Bibliophile | Maggie Beer’s Recipes for Life

Maggie’s Recipe for Life by Maggie Beer and Professor Ralph Martins Simon & Schuster At the moment, there are more than 350,000 Australians living with Alzheimer’s and there is no cure. Although there’s no confirmed cause other than it often runs in families, the latest research is based on the hypothesis that symptoms are triggered […]

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Bibliophile | Bitch Doctrine: Essays for Dissenting Adults

Bitch Doctrine: Essays for Dissenting Adults by Laurie Penny Bloomsbury London journalist Laurie Penny reports on radical politics, protest, digital culture and feminism from around the world and was the youngest person to be shortlisted for the Orwell Prize for political writing on her blog Penny Red. Her collection of essays is about gender, power […]

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Bibliophile | 101 Things to Take the Stress Out of Christmas

101 Things to Take the Stress Out of Christmas by Robin Snow Allen & Unwin With Christmas paraphernalia in shops months before December even starts, it is not long before we’re shuffling times around to book in time to see all the relatives over the festive season. Planning food and shopping for presents begins weeks […]

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Bibliophile | Suddenly One Summer in regional Western Australia

Suddenly One Summer Fleur McDonald Allen & Unwin Fleur McDonald has lived and worked on farms for much of her life … growing up on a farm in South Australia, being a Jillaroo and co-owning a 8000 acre property in regional Western Australia. Her familiarity with farms and the bush is entrenched in her tenth […]

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Bibliophile | Daniel Handler explores All The Dirty Parts of high school

All the Dirty Parts: A Novel by Daniel Handler Bloomsbury The main reason for picking up this book is that Daniel Handler also goes by the name Lemony Snicket and I have enjoyed his twisted children’s books, A Series of Unfortunate Events.  All the Dirty Parts is fairly perverse as well as being somewhat perverted, […]

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