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Monday 21 April 2014
Arts Books

lip lit: the yellow papers

Margot McGovern
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Traditionally when a person dies in China, yellow or gold joss papers are burned to ensure the deceased’s safe passage into the nether world. Thirteen-year-old Chen Mu is studying in America when his mother dies in 1875, and cannot return home to perform the rite. Instead, he swaps his mourning clothes for American suits and…
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Thursday 17 April 2014
Arts Books

lip lit: the visionist

Emily Tatti
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Shakerism is a religion on its way to extinction. Its three surviving members occupy a crumbling old house in rural New England, where they are surrounded by historical settlements, tourist museums and libraries devoted to their faith. At its peak in the 1800s, six thousand Shakers lived in this region. They were led there by…
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Wednesday 9 April 2014
Books

lip lit: award winning australian writing 2013

Bronwyn Lovell
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Award Winning Australian Writing 2013 is an anthology of 52 of last year’s competition winners in short fiction and poetry. The book features a different variety of competitions each year, and you’ve probably never heard of most of them. In Carmel Bird’s introduction, she reminds us that there are more than 300 smaller annual literary…
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Monday 7 April 2014
Arts Books

lip lit: griffith review 43 – pacific highways

Raelke Grimmer
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I admit that I know very little about New Zealand. But until I read the Griffith Review’s 43rd, New Zealand-themed edition, (Pacific Highways, edited by Julianne Schultz and Lloyd Jones), I didn’t realise how much I didn’t know. I spent four days there once as a short stopover on my way to the US, but…
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Monday 31 March 2014
Books

lip lit: hades

Margot McGovern
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  The man underworld dwellers call Hades has a knack for making things disappear beneath the decomposing heaps of his junkyard. But when two dying orphans are delivered to him in the dead of night, he takes pity and raises them as his own. Twenty years later, there is a killer on the loose in…
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Wednesday 12 March 2014
Books

lip lit: tiddas

Lou Heinrich
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Anita Heiss, prolific author and Aboriginal activist, was in 2009 accused by columnist Andrew Bolt of being one of a group of ‘political aborigine[s]‘: white people who claim to be black. Bolt decided that Heiss only identified as a ‘member of the Wiradjuri nation’ to nab top jobs reserved for Indigenous people (disregarding her high…
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Wednesday 5 March 2014
Books

lip lit: suki

Lauren Strickland
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Suki, at first glance, seems to be about very little. The new novel from fabulist Suniti Namjoshi has a minuscule cast of characters: for most of the tale there’s just a narrator—the unnamed, author-analogue ‘S’—and a subject—S’s cat and the titular Suki. S is a writer of fables and poetry who spends her days scribbling…
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Tuesday 18 February 2014
Books

lip lit: for today I am a boy

Amy Nicholls-Diver
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Kim Fu’s debut novel, For Today I am a Boy, is an elegant and often heart-wrenching story of an individual’s struggle for identity and belonging. The protagonist is Peter, a long-awaited son, born into a first-generation Chinese family in Ontario. He is given the middle-name Juan Chaun – ‘Powerful King’ – a moniker that reveals…
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Thursday 13 February 2014
Books Opinion

thoughts on the hunger games: are love triangles killing young adult fiction?

Kezia Lubanszky
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There’s something about the prevalence of love triangles in young adult fiction that doesn’t sit well with me. Don’t get me wrong – I’m not against romance. I love love, Elizabeth and Mr Darcy, Kathy and Heathcliff, Romeo and Juliet. But there’s a big difference between a romance and young adult fiction with romantic subplots….
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Tuesday 11 February 2014
Books

lip lit: spellbound

Alexandra Storey
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I wasn’t sure what to expect when I received my copy of Spellbound: The Secret Grimoire of Lucy Cavendish. Sure, I loved Harry Potter and The Worst Witch while growing up, but I had a feeling that the type of magic Harry and Mildred used was a little different from the ‘magick’ used by real witches….
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Wednesday 5 February 2014
Books TV

lip lit: the HBO effect

Lou Heinrich
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There is nothing so delicious as losing yourself in an excellent TV series. You lie static on the couch for hours; when you go to work, your mind is full of the characters’ concerns; you even dream about them. When you pop the DVD in the player for one more episode before bedtime, tears erupt…
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Monday 3 February 2014
Books

lip lit: the wolf gift chronicles

Margot McGovern
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I feel I need to preface this review by pointing out that I capital-L Love Anne Rice’s early novels. Interview with the Vampire (1976), The Vampire Lestat (1985), Queen of the Damned (1988) and The Witching Hour (1990) are guilty pleasures that I return to, time and again, for their rich and frightening worlds where…
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Wednesday 29 January 2014
Books

lip lit interview: raelke grimmer

Jessica Alice
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What if there was a drug that allowed humans to never need to sleep, and what if that drug had never been properly tested? To make matters worse, what if the guy who created the drug was your dad? Sleepwalking is the debut young adult novel by one of Lip‘s favourite writers and book reviewers Raelke Grimmer….
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Thursday 23 January 2014
Books News

In brief: #readwomen2014 wants us to change our sexist reading habits

Matilda Mornane
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In their yearly count, Vida: Women in Literary Arts have discovered what is already universally acknowledged: that although women read more than men, and books by female authors are published in roughly the same numbers, they are more easily overlooked. Female authors and their books are continuously marginalised by top literary journals, both as reviewers…
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