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Bibliophile | ‘Fracture: How Great Lives Take Root In Trauma’

Fracture: How Great Lives Take Root In Trauma by Matthew Parris Profile Books For over a decade, Matthew Parris has presented a program called Great Lives on BBC Radio. The series has covered the stories of over 400 people from all walks of life who are no longer alive and he noticed that a high […]

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Bibliophile | Choose your own adventure with ‘The Spiral’

The Spiral by Iain Ryan Echo Publishing Twenty eight year old Emma Bridges is an academic at Queensland University writing a PhD analysing Choose Your Own Adventure novels. Set in 2004, her friend and fellow researcher in the neighbouring office Kanika has had her life taken over by her investigation of missing Queensland women, including […]

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Bibliophile | Helen Fisher’s ‘Space Hopper’ is a bumpy roller-coaster ride

Space Hopper by Helen Fisher Simon & Schuster Faye considers herself to be an ordinary thirty-something mother with two daughters and a husband who is training to be in the clergy … which is interesting as Faye doesn’t share her husband’s faith in a god. Then a photograph falls out of her mother’s favourite cookbook. […]

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Bibliophile | ‘Gender Swapped Fairy Tales’ disrupts Disney’s gender norms

Gender Swapped Fairy Tales by Karie Fransman & Jonathan Plackett Faber When Jonathan Plackett was young, his father would read him and his sister bedtime stories … but he would secretly swap the genders of all the characters. Thirty years later, he wants his own daughter to grow up in a world where little girls […]

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Review | Polish film ‘Corpus Christi’ tackles faith and forgiveness

Review | Polish film ‘Corpus Christi’ tackles faith and forgiveness

Corpus Christi | Dir: Jan Komasa | ★ ★ ★ ★ ½  This Polish film is based on actual events. Twenty year-old Daniel (Bartosz Bielenia) is paroled from prison after serving time for second-degree murder. After finding comfort in religion during his prison term, his desire is to become an ordained priest, but his criminal record prevents […]

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Bibliophile | Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s ‘Eat Better Forever’

Bibliophile | Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s ‘Eat Better Forever’

Eat Better Forever by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall Bloomsbury With so many debates about the food we consume that many people are left feeling confused, anxious and even guilty about something that is essential for their survival. Avoiding most of the negativity surrounding our nourishment, this book is a welcome relief, making it easier to choose, eat […]

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Review | ‘Girls Can’t Surf’ expertly highlights fight for equality in sport

Review | ‘Girls Can’t Surf’ expertly highlights fight for equality in sport

Girls Can’t Surf | Dir: Christopher Nelius | ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Well, girls and women can surf but that wasn’t the generally held belief in the early 1980s when a group of women decided to take on the male-dominated professional surfing world after being allowed to compete since 1976. Theirs was a fight for inclusion, recognition and […]

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Bibliophile | David Michie’s ‘The Secret Mantra’ brings a gripping hunt

The Secret Mantra by David Michie Hay House Matt Lester is in the Himalayan Mountains, following a goat track to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery in Bhutan. In The sequel to The Magician of Lhasa, the former quantum physicist Matt has completely changed his life and devoted the last 5 years to spiritual development with Tibetan […]

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Review | ‘Words on Bathroom Walls’ sparks discussion on mental illness

Review | ‘Words on Bathroom Walls’ sparks discussion on mental illness

Words on Bathroom Walls | Dir: Thor Freudenthal | ★ ★ ★ ★ ½  Based on the popular Young Adult novel by Julia Walton and directed by German director Thor Freudenthal who directed The Diary of a Wimpy Kid, this PG13 -rated film is moving and cinematically fantastic depiction of a teenager dealing with a mental illness. […]

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Bibliophile | The Magician of Lhasa by David Michie

The Magician of Lhasa by David Michie Hay House Matt Lester works at the Imperial Science Institute in London as a research manager for creating nanobots – highly functioning robots of microscopic size. When he moves to Los Angeles with his partner for a job opportunity, his life doesn’t pan out as smoothly as he […]

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