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Bibliophile | The future is a floating junkyard in Jay Kristoff’s LIFEL1K3

LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff Allen & Unwin Jay Kristoff grew up in Perth but when he realized that good bands didn’t tour here, he relocated to Melbourne. After several years in a rock band, he realized that just looking the part didn’t make you a star. He wrote his first novel on his lunch breaks […]

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Bibliophile | Unwell: What Makes a Disease a Disease

Unwell: What Makes a Disease a Disease by Mike McRae University of Queensland Press Medical scientist Mike McRae admits to being ‘a little broken’. In fact, he considers that all his family and all his friends are in some way ‘broken’. If they had lived at different moments in history, they would have had different […]

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Bibliophile | A dream dinner party becomes reality in The Dinner List

The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle Allen & Unwin Stop everything you’re doing. Take a deep breath. Think of five words that describe your current state of being. Go on … do it. Now think of five people, living or dead, that you would like to have dinner with. That’s the basis for Rebecca Serle’s […]

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Bibliophile | Tjanara Goreng Goreng is A Long Way From No Go

A Long Way From No Go by Tjanara Goreng Goreng Wild Dingo Press Christened Patricia Mary Williams, Tjanara spent her first years at No Go cattle station before moving into the town of Longreach in central western Queensland. She remembers that her family as being “impeccable Catholics” with a house so spotless that nobody could […]

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Bibliophile | Fiona Palmer finds family in Sisters and Brothers

Sisters and Brothers by Fiona Palmer Hachette Historically, marriage has been about social and economic stability. It was all about conserving the patriarchal lineage so that wealth could be passed onto the male bloodline. Conservative values about women keeping themselves pure before marriage and not having sex outside the marriage were strictly imposed on women, […]

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Perth author aims to break into mainstream with gay romance

Perth author Daniel de Lorne’s new novel is out now bringing a gay romance – between a cop and firefighter – to a mainstream audience. Daniel de Lorne is an emerging writer with a focus on LGBTQI romance. His first book, the gay romantic horror, Beckoning Blood, was published by Escape Publishing in 2014. In his other life, Daniel is a professional writer and […]

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Bibliophile | Catherine Coulter’s Paradox is a voyeuristic FBI thriller

Paradox by Catherine Coulter Simon & Schuster When there is a failed kidnapping of the five year old son of agents Sherlock and Dillion Savage, they are suitably terrified and wonder about the motive. Was it a paedophile; a kidnap for ransom; a payback from an old enemy or the act of a random crazed […]

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Bibliophile | Kate Mascarenhas explores The Psychology of Time Travel

The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas HarperCollins Publishers It all began in 1967 when four young scientists (Margaret, Lucille, Grace and Barbara) used their combined knowledge to create a time machine in an isolated laboratory in Cumbria, in the north west of England. The first complication that arose was that Barbara became ‘destabilised’ […]

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Bibliophile | I Had Such Friends begins with the end

I Had Such Friends by Meg Gatland-Veness Pantera Press It all started when a kid died. A year 12 guy was driving his girlfriend home from a Saturday night party. The car skidded and crashed as he tried to avoid a dog. Charlie Parker died and the girl, Annie Bower, was in hospital with minor […]

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Bibliophile | Confessions of the Fox layers stories through shared history

Confessions of the Fox by Jordy Rosenberg Allen & Unwin Jordy Rosenberg’s debut novel is a story within a story, within a story. The first story is of 18th century English folk hero Jack Sheppard who was notorious for daring prison escapes and inspired John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera and Bertolt Brecht’s The Threepenny Opera. […]

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