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Tuesday 25 November 2014
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Lip lit: not that kind of girl

Jess Miller
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Lena Dunham: media darling, outspoken feminist, director of and actress in HBO’s Girls, and now, author. Not That Kind of Girl is a memoir, a compilation of twenty-eight personal essays that has set fire to a media storm. This is mostly due to the sexual content—at one point Dunham describes her seven-year-old self discovering sexuality via an…
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Monday 17 November 2014
Arts Books Culture

lip lit: half the world in winter

Jacqueline Lademann
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Death comes to us all; only the fortunate are allowed to grieve. Half the World in Winter is Maggie Joel’s second novel, which centres around the domestic life of a middle-class family in Victorian London. The patriarch of the family is Lucas Jarmyn, the only son and heir of a railway entrepreneur. When we meet…
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Friday 14 November 2014
Arts Books Culture Opinion

The Bookshelf Diaries: Allison Tait

Lou Heinrich
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The Bookshelf Diaries takes a peek into the reading life of writers, readers and book lovers. Today, Allison Tait talks, multi-reading, inspiration, and reading while writing. What are you reading right now? I am a serial multi-reader (if that’s a thing). I am currently reading Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel (which is taking me far…
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Monday 10 November 2014
Arts Books Culture

lip lit: lupa and lamb

Bronwyn Lovell
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  This collection is the ultimate in feminist poetry. Its breadth is mind-boggling, its vision grand. ‘Lupa’ means wolf, so Lupa and Lamb is the hunter and the hunted, the dichotomy of woman as dangerous seductress she-devil, and innocent bleating victim. These tired archetypes cross cultures and centuries. she is the lamb in the sheepfold…
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Monday 3 November 2014
Arts Books

lip lit: a vision of fire

Jess Miller
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As Agent Dana Scully says in The X-Files: ‘It’s a good story, Mulder, and very well told, but I don’t believe it.’ Gillian Anderson’s debut novel A Vision of Fire, co-written with prolific author Jeff Rovin, spins a rocketing tale of political crisis, Norse mythology and the search for a lost civilisation. Child psychologist Dr…
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Tuesday 28 October 2014
Arts Books

lip lit: the fictional women

Raelke Grimmer
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Tara Moss’ first venture into non-fiction, The Fictional Woman, opens with the day she chose to undergo a polygraph test to prove that she does, in fact, write her own crime novels. The writer has been marred for years by rumours that as a former model she couldn’t possibly write her own books, so when…
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Friday 10 October 2014
Arts Books Opinion

the bookshelf diaries: carissa lee godwin

Lou Heinrich
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The Bookshelf Diaries takes a peek into the reading life of writers, readers and book lovers. Today, Carissa Lee Godwin lets us in what inspires her and what makes her mad. What book changed you? The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. I first read it when I was 16, and loved it on a morbidly…
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Tuesday 7 October 2014
Arts Books Opinion

Reading beyond the comfort zone

Margot McGovern
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For you. You’ll soon. You’ll give her name. In the stitches of her skin she’ll wear your say. Mammy me? Yes you. Bounce the bed, I’d say. I’d say that’s what you did. Then lay you down. They cut you round. Wait an hour and a day. It’s clear from these opening lines that Eimear…
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Thursday 2 October 2014
Arts Books

lip lit: belzhar

Raelke Grimmer
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Meg Wolitzer’s young adult novel Belzhar is the story of teenagers who have experienced traumatic events. Jam is sixteen and heart-broken. She can’t move on from the death of her boyfriend of forty-one days, English exchange student, Reeve. In an attempt to get her functioning again, her parents send her to boarding school The Wooden…
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Tuesday 23 September 2014
Arts Books

lip lit: how to get there

Catalina Bonati
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Rural writer Maggie MacKellar has been through a lot. In her second memoir, How to Get There, she writes about the challenges she’s faced, and how she’s made her life anew. A historian, McKellar was pregnant with her second child when her husband committed suicide. Her mother passed away a short time later due to aggressive cancer, and McKellar…
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Friday 19 September 2014
Books

the bookshelf diaries: emma marie jones

Lou Heinrich
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The Bookshelf Diaries takes a peek into the reading life of writers, readers and book lovers. Today we chat to writer Emma Marie Jones. What are you reading right now? I just started Virginia Woolf’s The Waves for like the third time, because it is 100% perfect. Before that I just finished HollyChilds’ No Limit,…
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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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Monday 15 September 2014
Arts Books

lip lit: bad feminist

Lauren Strickland
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Bad Feminist is, like feminism itself, not just about one thing, one experience, or one kind of woman. Roxane Gay’s new collection of essays is difficult to condense into a single sentence. There are essays on the topics you’d expect: she deals swiftly and cuttingly with the ever-pervasive subject of rape culture; she writes lucidly…
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Tuesday 9 September 2014
Arts Books

lip lit: the chicken thief

Christina Bulbrook
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Close your eyes. Go on. Do it. Now what can you see? Nothing? Really? Look again. Can you see the computer in front of you? Yes – you can feel it there with your fingertips. Can you see your cup of coffee steaming beside your elbow? Of course – you can smell its bitter aroma…
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