Book Review: Ruby J. Murray’s The Biographer’s Lover is an elegant examination of the validity of memory

In the early 90’s, a struggling writer is given what turns out to be a life changing opportunity. The daughter of Edna Cramner, a long forgotten war artist, wants to catalogue and share her mother’s work. Convinced there’s a real story there, the biographer ignores her agent’s concerns that it’s a go-nowhere vanity job and moves to Geelong, throwing herself into Edna’s past.

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Book Review: Parker Posey’s You’re on an Airplane is a (mostly) enchanting memoir, written from the fringes of Hollywood greatness

Imagine actress Parker Posey is occupying the seat beside you on a plane, her beloved pooch Gracie on her lap. Imagine she’s feeling rather conversational. Parker Posey, that is, not Gracie. That’s the basic premise of You’re on an Airplane, the first memoir from the versatile performer and star of Dazed and Confused, the recent Netflix reboot of Lost In Space and (truth be told, what this reader knows her best for) Josie and the Pussycats.

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Book Review: Clementine Ford’s Boys Will Be Boys is a blazing exploration of the frightening damage the patriarchy does to us all

Clementine Ford is back with her trademark brand of no holds barred feminism, brandishing an outstandingly fierce follow-up to 2016’s Fight Like A Girl as her weapon of choice. Boys Will Be Boys sees the Aussie writer take on toxic masculinity, patriarchal power, and the harrowing effects they have on us and our society, regardless of gender. From frightening hazing rituals, and the behaviour we allow under the guise of ‘mateship’, to the limiting standards men to which must conform to be seen as men at all. The patriarchy hurts men as much as women, and Ford is ready and raring to explain why.

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