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Review | Fuego Carnal melts down The Ice Cream Factory

Review | Fuego Carnal melts down The Ice Cream Factory

Fuego Carnal | Empyrean at Ice Cream Factory | til 17th Feb | ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Fuego Carnal is an extremely hot circus act. ‘Fuego’ is Spanish for ‘fire’ and ‘carnal’ being universally understood; this sensational collection of fiery performances will have you gasping for breath for a full hour. Introduced by a lady in a […]

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Review | Storm Boy re-imagines an Australian film classic

Review | Storm Boy re-imagines an Australian film classic

Storm Boy | PG | Opens 17th Jan | ★ ★ ★ ★ ½  Interestingly the film, directed by Shaun Seet, opens with Geoffrey Rush finding himself in the midst of a sea of protesters. As Michael Kingley, he is headed for a board meeting in Adelaide where the company he founded, now run by his son-in-law […]

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Bibliophile | A Beer in the Loire brews up some life-lessons

A Beer in the Loire by Tommy Barnes Muswell Press This is the record of a brave man, the author Tommy Barnes, who left his office job in London to settle in rural France and tries to establish a boutique brewing business. Unfortunately he had a couple of obstacles to overcome – he had never […]

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Bibliophile | Mel B gets Brutally Honest in new autobiography

Brutally Honest by Melanie Brown with Louise Gannon Quadrille Responding to a 1994 advertisement for a girl band, Melanie Brown became one of five wannabe nobodies screaming and yelling for girl-power. Mel B was Scary Spice, the cheeky, loud, fearless one who soared to fame and fortune with the Spice Girls. Unfortunately this did not […]

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Women rule the screen at the cinema this December

Can You Ever Forgive Me (★★★★★) Melissa McCarthy is brilliant as American author Lee Israel. Making her name in the 1970s and 1980s for writing biographies of famous people such as Katharine Hepburn and Estée Lauder, her books no longer sell. Unemployed, drinking whiskey for breakfast with her cat for company, she admits to liking […]

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Bibliophile | Jackie Chan’s best advice? Never Grow Up

Never Grow Up by Jackie Chan with Zhu Mo HarperCollins Publishers After 200 films in 56 years, Jackie Chan received an honorary Academy Award in 2016. From a junior stuntman on Bruce Lee’s Enter the Dragon to the voice of Kung Fu Panda, generations of moviegoers know him for his acrobatic fighting style, comic timing […]

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Bibliophile | Life on the Leash shows love to our four-legged friends

Life on the Leash by Victoria Schade Allen & Unwin Cora Bellemy gave up a fast-track corporate job run Top Dog, her own dog training business. The 28 year old thrives on organization and has a knack for predicting doggy behaviour. Recovering from a recent break-up, her skills at predicting human behavior are not as […]

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Bibliophile | André Aciman returns with love odyssey Enigma Variations

Enigma Variations by André Aciman Faber & Faber The author of Call Me By Your Name has put together a collection of linked stories about love in a book named after English composer Edward Elgar’s orchestral composition featuring variations on a theme. The five stories are first person accounts from Italian man Paul who starts […]

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Bibliophile | A dead mule sparks international intrigue in Long Road to Mercy

Long Road to Mercy by David Baldacci Pan Macmillan Australia Former lawyer, David Baldacci, is a prolific writer. He has published 36 novels for adults (as well as 6 novels for younger readers). All have been bestsellers and several have been adapted for film and television. This book is the first in a series featuring […]

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Bibliophile | Fleur McDonald explores women battling adversity in rural Aus

Where the River Runs by Fleur McDonald Allen & Unwin At thirteen years of age, Chelsea Taylor didn’t like to conform to the school rules, preferring to do things her own way. Piano was her passion and a scholarship to the Music Conservatorium in Adelaide eventually took her away from her family’s farm. At the […]

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