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Transgender crime scene cleaner novel wins top Victorian literary prize

Books, News & Commentary |

Melbourne writer Sarah Krasnostein has won Australia’s richest literary prize at the 2018 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards. She was presented the $100,000 Victorian Prize for Literature last night in Melbourne for her debut novel The Trauma Cleaner: One Woman’s Extraordinary Life in Death, Decay and Disaster. It tells the true story of Melbourne transgender woman Sandra Pankhurst’s life

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Like a Bat out of Hell – the larger than life story of Meat Loaf book review by Mick Wall

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Books, Music, Non-Fiction, Reviews |

Meat Loaf’s name and his eventual legacy might forever be tainted in Australia by the inglorious spectacle of his 2011 AFL Grand Final performance. We can blame the AFL for this piece of wishful thinking/lack of intuition about their punters, but around 15 minutes of a badly sung, greatest hits pastiche is apparently all it takes to damage your

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Meshel Laurie’s Buddhism for the unbelievably busy

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Radio and television personality Meshel Laurie is also a practising Buddhist. In her new book Buddhism for the unbelievably busy (Black Inc.), she explores how applying some basic Buddhist tenets can help how to juggle the demands of work, children, ageing parents – and in this chapter below – how to stop craving for consumables you don’t really need. *** I’M

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Curing Affluenza by Richard Denniss book review

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Those who would like to see less money spent on stuff that’s thrown away, and more spent on education, health and creativity, need to get better at making friends and influencing people. No point in getting angry and shouting, economist Richard Denniss seems to say. His cheerful, pleasant, informative approach will give hope and encouragement

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