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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 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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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 28 January 2014
Film

film review: the book thief

Lauren Strickland
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The Book Thief – to quote from the original  novel, by Markus Zuzak – is ‘just a small story really, about, amongst other things: a girl, some words…some fanatical Germans…and quite a lot of thievery.’ On the eve of the Second World War, young Liesel Meminger (Sophie Nélisse) is sent to live with her new…
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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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Thursday 19 December 2013
Books

books you should have read by now: the painted veil

Lou Heinrich
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For so many of us, our first interaction with a classic novel is through the movie adaptation: Pride and Prejudice, The Great Gatsby, and for me, The Painted Veil by W Somerset Maugham. This 2006 film starred Naomi Watts and Edward Norton, looked incredible, and featured a stunning soundtrack. Ultimately, the story was about the…
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Monday 9 December 2013
Books Culture

lip lit: amazing babes

Veronica Sullivan
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Amazing Babes is a beautiful picture book dedicated to celebrating the diversity and power of women’s achievements in recent history. The title, with its connotations of pouting, superficial girls, is inherently ironic: these amazing babes are the antithesis of the pin-up chick cliché. Inspirational contemporary female figures such as Tavi Gevinson, Malala Yousafzai and riot…
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Wednesday 27 November 2013
Books Sexuality

lip lit: just_a_girl

Margot McGovern
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Fourteen-year-old Layla is a 21st century Lolita, and like her antecedent, she’s not one to shy away from a man’s attention. She knows that all it takes is a gesture, a look, and she can have almost any man she wants. It makes her feel powerful, like she matters. But what she really wants is…
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Monday 11 November 2013
Books

lip lit: orkney

Lauren Strickland
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Where shall I take you, I asked, when we are wed? ‘The sea,’ she answered. ‘Will you take me to the sea?’ Oh, I said grandly, oh I will pour out oceans for you. In fairy tales, as in real estate, it is all about location (repeat ad nauseam). Any change, any alteration, any turning…
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Friday 1 November 2013
Books Featured

a life in the shadow of roman polanski: ‘i’m not a victim’

Alexandra Van Schilt
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On 2 October this year, Samantha Geimer appeared on The Project promoting her autobiography The Girl: A Life in the Shadow of Roman Polanski. In this interview, Geimer piqued my interest in purchasing and reading her book, not just because her story with Roman Polanski has been untold for many years, but also due to…
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Wednesday 16 October 2013
Books

lip lit: apple tree yard

Margot McGovern
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Louise Doughty’s Apple Tree Yard is the story of a smart woman who does a bad thing, and, for fear of revealing her indiscretion, finds herself implicated in a far worse crime. Yvonne Carmichael is a scientist at the top of her field, a mother of two grown children and a model wife, that is…
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