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Bibliophile | The Dalai Lama’s Cat & the Four Paws of Spiritual Success

The Four Paws of Spiritual Success by David Michie Hay House For those of you who have met the Dalai Lama’s cat before in a previous book by Subiaco writer David Michie (The Dalai Lama’s Cat, The Art of Purring, The Power of Meow), she is back … just as vain and just as insightful […]

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Reviews | Keira Knightly and Adam Driver are exposing government secrets

Official Secrets | Dir: Gavin Hood | In cinemas now | ★ ★ ★ ★ ½  Director Gavin Hood brings a very relevant true story of political corruption at the highest levels in several countries to the screen. It was 2003 and Tony Blair and George W Bush were on the news letting the world know that […]

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Bibliophile | Sara Pascoe on what matters: ‘Sex Power Money’

Sex Power Money by Sara Pascoe Allen & Unwin Highly acclaimed comedian, writer and actor Sara Pascoe has turned her attention to all things that matter to us human animals – sex, power and money – concentrating mainly on how evolution has molded human sexuality. Noticing that the male/female dichotomy is imposed from birth, she […]

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Review: Under the Milky Way – The Great Australian Songbook

Review: Under the Milky Way – The Great Australian Songbook

Under the Milky Way | Downstairs at The Maj | Until 20 July | ★ ★ ★ ★ There’s a great joy is seeing Jones enthusiastically belt out a well known song on a piano, something we can sing-a-long to, clap our hands and stomp our feet. With this brand new show, Trevor Jones delivers exactly what […]

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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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Review | What the world needs now is more Cilla Black

Review | What the world needs now is more Cilla Black

You’re My World: The Cilla Black Story | Downstairs at the Maj | til Nov 3 | ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  You can’t help feeling a little smug when you’re holding tickets to a show that has the words “Sold Out” plastered on the entrance door poster. There are few places in Perth as deliciously intimate as […]

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Review | Jesus Christ Superstar is trending on Faithbook

Review | Jesus Christ Superstar is trending on Faithbook

Jesus Christ Superstar | Quarry Amphitheatre | til Nov 4 | ★ ★ ★ ★ It was all buzz and glamour last night as Platinum’s Jesus Christ Superstar opened to an excited crowd at The Quarry Amphitheatre. The colourful and energetic re-imagining of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic didn’t fail to thrill, not least for its taking place […]

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Bibliophile | A hostage situation plays backward in A Spark of Light

A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult Allen & Unwin Jodi Picoult has done it again. Despite being a prolific writer, her books always produce enthralling stories that engage the reader while covering a myriad of opinions on controversial issues. In her latest novel, she delves into the extreme politics and ethical dilemmas of abortion […]

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Bibliophile | Inappropriation rejects boundaries of humanity and gender

Inappropriation by Lexi Freiman Allen & Unwin   Celebrities send their daughters to Leger Girls’ School. It’s the one with the Sydney Harbour views and Olympic swimming pool – “pavlova white against the dirty eucalyptus green”. Australian author Lexi Freiman went to a similar school and thought it would be an excellent setting to explore […]

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Review | Kaki King was unexpected & exhilarating at the Rosemount Hotel

Review | Kaki King was unexpected & exhilarating at the Rosemount Hotel

I had intentionally not listened to any of her music before I attended American guitarist Kaki King’s The Neck is a Bridge to the Body at The Rosemount Hotel on Sunday night. Usually, I’d give new artists a bit of a listen on Spotify before a gig, but after reading a few reviews, and not […]

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