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Bibliophile | Life on the Leash shows love to our four-legged friends

Life on the Leash by Victoria Schade Allen & Unwin Cora Bellemy gave up a fast-track corporate job run Top Dog, her own dog training business. The 28 year old thrives on organization and has a knack for predicting doggy behaviour. Recovering from a recent break-up, her skills at predicting human behavior are not as […]

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Bibliophile | A dead mule sparks international intrigue in Long Road to Mercy

Long Road to Mercy by David Baldacci Pan Macmillan Australia Former lawyer, David Baldacci, is a prolific writer. He has published 36 novels for adults (as well as 6 novels for younger readers). All have been bestsellers and several have been adapted for film and television. This book is the first in a series featuring […]

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Bibliophile | Sarah Parry’s Melmoth is chilling and spellbinding

Melmoth by Sarah Parry Serpent’s Tail Helen Franklin is living in exile in Prague, hoping to eventually find redemption. She is 42 years old and has a simple life, denying herself all pleasures because she has imposed upon herself a penance for a crime she committed twenty years previously. A crime for which she “fears […]

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Invisible Boys: Holden Sheppard explores growing up gay in Geraldton

Invisible Boys: Holden Sheppard explores growing up gay in Geraldton

Western Australian author Holden Sheppard is one of six writers nominated for the prestigious Hungerford Award for his latest work exploring the experience of growing up gay in regional WA. Invisible Boys follows four gay teenagers living in present day Geraldton, alternating between their different viewpoints as they struggle with the issues that surround coming […]

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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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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 | 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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Bibliophile | The Kiss Quotient ticks all the boxes

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang Allen & Unwin When Helen Hoang’s pre-school teacher suggested that her daughter might have high functioning autism or Asperger’s Syndrome, Helen did some research. She found that there is are major differences between the condition in females as they mask their awkwardness and hide their autistic traits to become […]

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Bibliophile | Ripples make the waves in Belinda Castles’ Bluebottle

Bluebottle by Belinda Castles Allen & Unwin “After midnight the heat swelled in the house on the cliff while the cool surf pounded below.” Set on Sydney’s Northern beaches, sixteen year-old Lou, fifteen year-old Jack and younger sister Phoebe live in a house overlooking the sea with their parents Charlie and Tricia. Although the novel […]

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Bibliophile | Life is not like detective novels in Little Gods

Little Gods by Jenny Ackland Allen & Unwin Olive Lovelock has just turned twelve. She is an only child but her extended family, where her mother and two sisters seem to have paired up with three brothers, spend a lot of time together on the family farm in north-western Victoria. Olive is “willful, fanciful and […]

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