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Bibliophile | The Fortress asks questions about power and the status quo

The Fortress by SA Jones In world much like our own that has never been affected by the #MeToo campaign, Jonathon Bridge has a good life. He has a top-tier job, a fascinating wife, a child on the way and a string of nubile young women or ‘poodles’ available for sex at his workplace. He […]

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Bibliophile | A Certain Light: A Memoir of Family, Loss and Hope

A Certain Light: A Memoir of Family, Loss and Hope by Cynthia Banham Allen & Unwin   Cynthia Banham is an interesting person who grew up in Sydney and became a solicitor before moving to Canberra, where she met her husband Michael, as the Foreign Affairs and Defence Correspondent for the Sydney Morning Herald.   […]

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Bibliophile | Heart Talk: Poetic Wisdom for a Better Life

Heart Talk by Cleo Wade Allen & Unwin Cleo Wade considers that she has experienced just about every kind of heart ache there is. She has learnt from having her heart in pieces that our stories are important. “They help us take our pieces and build something new.” Heart Talk: Poetic Wisdom for a Better […]

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Bibliophile | Fool’s Gold takes us back to Wild Western Australia

Fool’s Gold by Fleur McDonald Allen & Unwin   There are several stories that intersect in Fleur McDonald’s latest red dust mystery novel which is set in the Western Australia’s goldfields. Here, the red earth stretches for miles with lumps of quartz and ironstone promising that gold isn’t far away.   The oldest story is […]

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Bibliophile | Australia’s Ultimate Bucket List

Australia’s Ultimate Bucket List by Jennifer Adams and Clint Bizzell Hardie Grant Books So, many of us have bucket lists of places to visit and have even ticked off some. Of course this can be an ever-growing list of must-visit destinations, particularly after thumbing through this book. Jennifer Adams and Clint Bizzell have spent 10 […]

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Bibliophile | The Lost Pages of literary legend Franz Kafka

The Lost Pages by Marija Peričić Allen & Unwin Franz Kafka has been referred to as the most important person in German literature but his short story The Metamorphosis was one of the few pieces of writing published in his lifetime. Dying of tuberculosis in 1924, he gave instructions to his literary executor Max Brod […]

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Bibliophile | Louise Allan sings the song of two sisters in her latest novel

The Sisters’ Song by Louise Allan Allen & Unwin Although she now lives in Perth, Louise Allan grew up in Tasmania and this is where she sets her debut novel. Starting in 1926, when a meal could be made of bread and dripping and baths were a once a week occurrence, it follows the lives […]

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Bibliophile | David Bowie Made Me Gay: 100 Years of LGBT Music

David Bowie Made Me Gay: 100 Years of LGBT Music by Darryl W Bullock Duckworth Overlook Music is an integral part of our lives and thanks to the media, we know all sorts of gossip about the lives of performers. I think Annie Lennox made me gay, but I had no idea about her sexuality. […]

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Bibliophile | the french art of not giving a f*ck

the french art of not giving a f*ck by Fabrice Midal Allen and Unwin Professor of Philosophy at the University of Paris Fabrice Midal outlines fifteen areas of our lives that he believes need rethinking. He is convinced that there is no better way to unleash the forgotten possibilities within us than by getting rid […]

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Bibliophile | Get The Inside History behind Netflix smash The Crown

The Crown: The Inside Story by Robert Lacy Allen & Unwin Launched in November last year, the Netflix drama of the current monarchy The Crown was hugely successful. Season 1 of The Crown is already on DVD and Blu-ray and the controversial second season commences on Netfiix on 8 December. The Crown: The Inside History […]

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