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Gripping, Dark Comedy: Review of The Girl on the Page by John Purcell

September 25, 2018

Amy Winston is a hot mess. Beautiful, talented, damaged: ‘There have been four constants in my life,’ she confesses, ‘books, clothes, sex. And champagne. Four constants. And money. Five constants.’ Like an exotic butterfly, Amy arrives into the lives of a famous literary couple, revered great, Helen Owen and her novelist husband, Malcolm Taylor. A […] - Read more



Triumphant Gem: Review of Transcription by Kate Atkinson

Juliet is just eighteen years old when she is recruited by MI5 (The United Kingdom’s Security Service) to transcribe the meetings of British citizens who are sympathetic to the Nazi cause. It’s no small feat – the work is tedious, terrifying, and requires Juliet to shift between various names and personae to protect her identity. […] - Read more


Funny, Warm-Hearted Debut: Review of The Helpline by Katherine Collette

September 24, 2018

Germaine Johnson can’t get enough of numbers. They make sense to her – she just gets them. People, not so much. When Germaine loses her job as a senior mathematician and goes to work on the council’s Senior Citizens Helpline, it’s perhaps the least ideal career change she could have anticipated. Now, she has to […] - Read more


Great Travel Memoir: Review of Vodka and Apple Juice by Jay Martin

After a decade heading up a high-profile, high pressure government job in Canberra, Jay Martin is ready for a sea change. So, when her diplomat husband, Tom, announces he’s been offered a three-year placement in Warsaw, Jay is more than ready to say ‘yes.’ As revealed in her candid memoir, Vodka and Apple Juice, Jay’s […] - Read more


Breaking News: The Tattooist of Auschwitz to be adapted for film

September 21, 2018

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris has touched the hearts of many readers since its publication in February this year. Having remained on Nielsen BookScan’s Australian top 10 bestseller lists for 24 consecutive weeks, and steadily maintaining its place in the top 10 fiction hardbacks on The Sunday Times bestsellers list for over 25 […] - Read more


Double the Joy, Half the Grief: Karyn Sepulveda on writing Letters to My Yesterday

About the author: Karyn Sepulveda comes from a background in theatre and teaching. She enjoys working on many creative projects, including a podcast Letters to Our Yesterday, in which she interviews extraordinary women about their life journey. Karyn lives in Sydney with her husband and two children. If she had to pick the perfect day it would include: the […] - Read more


Secrets, Lies and Silk: Kelly Doust on writing Dressing The Dearloves

About The Author: Since 2009, Kelly Doust has published five non-fiction books about craft and fashion: The Crafty Minx, The Crafty Kid, A Life In Frocks: A Memoir, Minxy Vintage (all Murdoch Books) The Crafty Minx At Home (HarperCollins). She has a background in book publishing and publicity, and has worked in the UK, Hong Kong and Australia and freelanced […] - Read more


Character Fact File: Things you Didn’t Know about Hercule Poirot

Brilliant Belgian detective Hercule Poirot is one of Christie’s most famous and long-lived characters, appearing in 33 novels, one play (Black Coffee), and more than 50 short stories published between 1920 and 1975. Hercule Poirot first appeared in The Mysterious Affair at Styles. It was written in 1916 but after being rejected by several publishers, was not […] - Read more