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Bibliophile | ‘Note to Self’ by Rebekah Ballagh

Note to Self: The Secrets of Calm by Rebekah Ballagh Allen & Unwin Rebekah Ballagh is a qualified counselor who created the popular Instagram page called Journey to Wellness – @journey_to_wellness_ – when she wanted students at the school where she was counseling at to have something better than leaflets. Her book is a beautifully […]

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Author Garry Linnell chats about his new book ‘Moonlite’

Author Garry Linnell chats about his new book ‘Moonlite’

Author Garry Linnell has spoken to OUTinPerth editor Graeme Watson about his new book, Moonlite which documents the life of Andrew George Scott, one of Australia’s last bushrangers. Known as Captain Moonite, Scott was different to other outlaws such as Ned Kelly, because he was in love with one his fellow bushrangers. In this interview […]

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Bibliophile | ‘Honeybee’ is a trans coming-of-age story with a local perspective

Honeybee by Craig Silvey Allen & Unwin When fourteen year-old Sam Watson climbs over the rail of the traffic overpass late at night, Sam wonders if it is going to do will hurt or if death would be instant. Having a slight pang of sympathy for whoever would find what remained, Sam notices an old […]

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Bibliophile | ‘The Book of Two Ways’ reflects on choices of the past

The Book of Two Ways By Jodi Picoult Allen & Unwin Dawn Edelstein knows a lot about death. As a death doula (a death midwife), she helps people on their final journeys and tries to fulfill their last wishes. Fifteen years earlier, before she married and had a daughter, she was a graduate student in […]

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Bibliophile | Meg Mason takes readers on a journey of ‘Sorrow and Bliss’

Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason Fourth Estate Martha writes a funny food column for a magazine, but her editor keeps taking out her jokes, so it might just be a food column. Turning 40, she realises that she has lost touch with school, university and work friends simply because they all had children and […]

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Bibliophile | Paul Dalgarno delivers polyamorous romantic drama in ‘Poly’

Poly by Paul Dalgarno Ventura Press Melbournites Chris and Sarah Flood met in Hong Kong. He was working as a DJ and she was dancing professionally with Tasty Moves in Asia. Many years and two children later (7 year old Oliver and 5 year old Sophie), Chris can’t decide what to buy his wife for […]

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Bibliophile | The future is grim in Charlie Archibold’s ‘Indigo Owl’

Indigo Owl  by Charlie Archibold Wakefield Press This is Adelaide author Charlie Archibold’s second Young Adult novel and it is set on the futuristic planet of Galbraith. After Earth was destroyed by climate change and overpopulation, only private corporations had the money to colonise new planets and Galbraith was a huge pharmaceutical enterprise. It is […]

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Bibliophile | ‘The Wreck’ tells the story of the women of our past

The Wreck by Meg Keneally Echo Publishing Meg Keneally is fascinated by marine history and the title of her second historical novel gives an indication as to what historical aspects have influenced her writing of The Wreck. In the nineteenth century, the sailing ship Dunbar was forced into the cliff face a little south of […]

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Bibliophile | Holly Watt considers the journalist’s role in ‘The Dead Line’

The Dead Line by Holly Watt Raven Books Casey Benedict works as an investigative reporter for the Post newspaper in London. When the fashion editor presents her with a taffeta and tulle skirt for a high end fashion shop, she sees there is a piece of white silk folded among the petticoats. Embroidered on the […]

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Bibliophile | Mia Walsch tries to find balance in ‘Money for Something’

Money for Something by Mia Walsch Echo It was a relief when nineteen year old Mia Walsch was fired from her job in the windowless room full of filing cabinets. Pretending to be ‘normal’ for eight hours a day was sucking at her soul. So she answered a newspaper ad – “Erotic Massage, Good Money. […]

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