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Holden Sheppard’s ‘Invisible Boys’ shortlisted for Premier’s Prize

Holden Sheppard’s ‘Invisible Boys’ shortlisted for Premier’s Prize

Western Australian author Holden Sheppard continues to rack up accolades for his debut novel, Invisible Boys, taking a place on the shortlist for the Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards. The multi-award winning novel tells the story of three young gay men learning to understand their sexuality in rural WA, and has now been nominated for the Premier’s […]

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Bibliophile | Chris Flynn looks to the lessons of the past in ‘Mammoth’

Mammoth by Chris Flynn University of Queensland Press The inspiration for Chris Flynn’s wacky novel was an auction that was held in New York in 2007. Included in the 345 lots that were bought by the rich and famous was a 67 million year old skull of a Tyrannosaurus bataar, the severed hand of an […]

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Bibliophile | Deaf detective Caleb Zelic returns in ‘Darkness for Light’

Darkness For Light by Emma Viskic Echo Publishing A bout of meningitis left Caleb Zelic deaf when he was 5 years of age so he became proficient at watching body language and picking up tell-tale signs that people try to hide. Lip reading can be full of hazards – beards, swollen lips and people looking […]

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Review: Hollywood Wants to Kill You

Review: Hollywood Wants to Kill You

Hollywood Wants to Kill You by Rick Edwards and Dr Michael Brooks Allen & Unwin Threatening to kill is how to get people’s attention and perversely it makes us feel alive to have a brush with death. According to the authors of this book, “that’s what makes us better people and encourages make the most […]

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Bibliophile | ‘I Miss You When I Blink’ blends the absurd with the profound

I Miss You When I Blink by Mary Laura Philpott Murdoch Books Mary Laura Philpott has written for The New York Times, The Paris Review and O The Oprah Magazine, examining the overlap between the absurd and the profound in her life. In this memoir-in-essays, she shares the humour of her life’s more memorable moments […]

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Mike Nahan defends Nick Gorian’s epic speech against surrogacy

Mike Nahan defends Nick Gorian’s epic speech against surrogacy

Opposition leader Dr Mike Nahan has defended Liberal MP Nick Goiran’s epic filibuster speech on changing the state’s surrogacy laws saying the politician is just showing how passionate he is about the topic. Since debate in the Legislative Council began in mid February Goiran has been the only speaker to voice any thoughts on the […]

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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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Dr Kevin Donnelly says LGBTI activists want to ban ‘Romeo and Juliet’

Dr Kevin Donnelly says LGBTI activists want to ban ‘Romeo and Juliet’

Education expert Dr Kevin Donnelly says LGBTI activists will want to ban Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet from being taught in schools because it promotes heteronormativity. “Even in primary schools now we’re being told that because of the L G B T Q I..plus push, and it gets bigger every week, we can’t teach for example Romeo and Juliet […]

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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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