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Bibliophile | 101 Things to Take the Stress Out of Christmas

101 Things to Take the Stress Out of Christmas by Robin Snow Allen & Unwin With Christmas paraphernalia in shops months before December even starts, it is not long before we’re shuffling times around to book in time to see all the relatives over the festive season. Planning food and shopping for presents begins weeks […]

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Bibliophile | Don’t Close Your Eyes is tough to put down

Don’t Close Your Eyes by Holly Seddon Corvus Robyn and Sarah are twins but they are very different. In the last year of primary school, their lives took vastly different tracks when their parents split up and took one twin each to their new domestic arrangements. Present day Robyn is house-bound and fearful of the […]

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Bibliophile | Based on a True Story of seduction, depression and betrayal

Based on a True Story by Delphine de Vigan Bloomsbury The character Delphine in the story is a writer who is riding the wave of success generated by her first book. French author Delphine de Vigan also happens to have gained world-wide acclaim with her books No and Me and Richard & Judy. So it is not a […]

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Bibliophile | David Michie’s Buddhism for Pet Lovers

Buddhism for Pet Lovers by David Michie Allen & Unwin Subiaco author and practicing Buddhist David Michie’s latest book is dedicated to his teachers and all the animals that have made his “journey through life immeasurably more fulfilling, fascinating and fun”. For those of you who have read any of his other books, such as […]

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Bibliophile Book Review: Take Me To Paris, Johnny

Take Me to Paris, Johnny by John Foster Text Classics Take Me to Paris, Johnny is John Foster’s moving yet unsentimental tribute to his lover Juan Cespedes. It traces his childhood in Cuba, his move to New York as a dancer and the struggle to gain residency in Australia with partner, Melbourne-born Foster. The memoir […]

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Serious reading: We are all going to die

We’re All Going to Die by Leah Kaminsky Harper Collins It is only in relatively recent years that death has not been an integral part of our life. Nowadays, people in developed countries usually die in hospitals or hospices rather than in the home or on the streets. It seems that the only people who […]

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