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Bibliophile | Detective Cardilini returns for Man at the Window

Man at the Window by Robert Jeffreys Echo A crack of thunder echoes across the night-time quadrangle of an exclusive boys’ school where dormitory windows are crammed with eager, noisy boys. A teacher known as Captain Edmund is also at his window while a ten-year-old boy stands in his pyjamas outside his door, barefoot and […]

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Bibliophile | Turned On: Sex, Science and Robots

Turned On: Science, Sex and Robots by Kate Devlin Bloomsbury Sigma This book that connects intimacy and technology is about being human in a world of machines, now that robots and artificial intelligence that have become integrated into many aspects of our lives. Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana (all female) can do all […]

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Bibliophile | 101 Small Ways to Change the World

101 Small Ways to Change the World by Aubre Andrus Lonely Planet Kids   Children’s book author Aubre Andrus has come up with an easy-to-read book that has 101 ideas to make a difference to the world. She says that ideas start with one person and you don’t have to be big to make small […]

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Review | Choose your own adventure in A Midnight Visit

Review | Choose your own adventure in A Midnight Visit

A Midnight Visit | Perth Girls’ School | til 3rd Mar | ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  There’s a few things you need to know before experiencing A Midnight Visit, and experience it you must. Firstly, the present building was erected on land that was once part of the East Perth Cemetery. Then Perth Girls School was built […]

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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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