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Monday 26 October 2015
Arts Books

lip lit: good money

Eliza Graves-Browne
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  I’m picky when it comes to crime novels. If there isn’t a delightful balance between character, believability and suspense, I’m apt to put the book down and forget about it. Thankfully, Good Money by J.M. Green balances all of these elements. Green is a debut author whose book was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s…
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Monday 28 September 2015
Books

review: from unknown to expert

Bridget Conway
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I spoke with Catriona Pollard last month about her upcoming solo basketry exhibition Love.Honour.Cherish and discovered an incredibly successful businesswoman who was really doing it all. Besides recently being proud and confident enough to call herself an artist, Catriona is also the founder and CEO of CP Communications, a prominent PR agency located in Sydney,…
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Thursday 24 September 2015
Books

lip lit: the promise seed

Bridget Conway
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This review contains some spoilers. Cass Moriarty’s The Promise Seed, which was shortlisted for the Queensland Literary Awards in 2013, delves into the lives of two, at first, very estranged characters: an old man and a young boy. Both grew up in different eras and don’t seem to have anything in common, yet throughout the…
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Monday 14 September 2015
Books

lip lit: not just black and white: a conversation between a mother and a daughter

Bridget Conway
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Not Just Black and White: a conversation between a mother and a daughter is the inspiring and harrowing true story of mother and daughter duo Lesley and Tammy Williams. The novel follows the lives of these two Murri (Aboriginal) women in the form of written conversations between mother and daughter. This puts a light tone…
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Thursday 10 September 2015
Books

lip lit: sweet boy dear wife

Cin Peeler
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When you open a book and it starts with the chronology of an entire country, it can be daunting. I’m not the type to remember dates or places, and when this was followed by a “list of characters in order of appearance” and a glossary, I freaked out a bit. I don’t know anything about…
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Thursday 30 July 2015
Books

lip lit: h is for hawk

Jess Miller
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Earlier this year I was working at the Auckland Writer’s Festival where Helen Macdonald was promoting her critically acclaimed memoir H is for Hawk. So far it’s snapped up both the Costa Book of the Year and the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction. But as I glimpsed her signing books, at the front of a…
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Tuesday 28 July 2015
Books

lip lit: in the unlikely event

Bridget Conway
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[This review contains spoilers] Judy Blume is a well-known American author famous for novels such as Are You There God? It’s me Margaret, and Superfudge. I consider Blume to be the voice of my American, teenage girl upbringing. She’s both an uplifting yet incredibly honest writer; truly an inspiration to read then and now. So…
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Tuesday 23 June 2015
Books

lip lit: tender

Katerina Bryant
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Belinda McKeon captivatingly examines youth and sexuality in her second novel, set in late ’90s Ireland. Tender focuses on a loving turned obsessive friendship between Catherine and James, recent arrivals to Dublin from their respective rural communities. Catherine is studying English and art history at Trinity College Dublin while James is pursuing his dreams of…
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Friday 19 June 2015
Books

lip lit: in real life

Cosima McGrath
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If you’ve ever overanalysed a Facebook friend request, celebrated an increase in Twitter followers or agonised over the time elapsed from when a message was “seen” to a reply sent, then In Real Life is the book for you. Beguiling and affecting, Chris Killen’s latest novel examines human connections both online and IRL. In 2004…
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Tuesday 17 March 2015
Arts Books

books you should have read by now: fantomina

Jennifer Worthing
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Fantomina: or, Love in a Maze was published in 1725. Its author, Eliza Haywood had an indisputably impressive writing career; she authored numerous works within a diverse range of genres. Although her writing was experimental in both form and content, she has, until recently, been curiously absent from the literary canon and is scarcely known beyond academic…
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Monday 8 December 2014
Arts Books Opinion

lip lit: yes please

Lauren Strickland
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Amy Poehler’s newly-released Yes Please is part memoir, part self-help book, part opportunity to peer into the Poehler family scrapbook. Dotted with photos, youthful creative writing attempts, and full-colour scans of personal mementoes ranging from college playbills to handwritten acrostic odes to Tina Fey, Yes Please is a bright and cheerful tour through Poehler’s life…
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Wednesday 17 September 2014
Arts Books

lip lit: gap

Bronwyn Lovell
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Rebecca Jessen’s debut verse novel is excellent. I’ve read it twice cover-to-cover, and thoroughly enjoyed it. The first time, I read it too quickly to take notes or consider it critically – the narrative positively races along and pulls the reader with it. I had to read it again to be able to write this…
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Tuesday 15 July 2014
Arts Books

lip lit: claustrophobia

Annalise Bolt
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Claustrophobia by Tracy Ryan leads the reader down a trail of lies, lust and obsession. Penelope Barber, happily married, finds a decade-old letter written by her husband to his ex-lover, Kathleen Nancarrow. It convinces her that their marriage had been built on nothing but a lie and the recipient of the letter becomes the object of…
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Monday 19 May 2014
Arts Books

lip lit: the treaty

Raelke Grimmer
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We live in a time when writers are spoilt for choice; they have more power than ever to take publishing into their own hands and share their words with the world. A J Conway is one such writer who has chosen to control her words and go down the self-publishing route. Once considered the very last…
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