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Sir Chips Channon: Nazi-loving arselicker to the aristocracy

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nothing but my body tilly lawless

Nothing But My Body by Tilly Lawless, the debut novel of a queer sex worker, is powerful, mesmerising and unforgettable. The “taboo” world of sex workers has often been the source of entertainment and intrigue for many over the years. Who can forget Pretty Woman? The more recent 2017 hit Secret Diary of a Call …

It's been a pleasure noni blake Claire Christian

It’s Been a Pleasure, Noni Blake by Claire Christian tells a story you’ll wish would never end. Noni Blake’s life is spectacularly ordinary. Since the end of her decade long relationship with now ex-girlfriend Joan, eighteen months ago, nothing much is happening for Noni. Life at thirty-six is stagnant, so something needs to change.  Work …

Sandra Pankhurst the trauma cleaner

Sandra Pankhurst, the subject of Sarah Krasnostein’s book The Trauma Cleaner, has died in Melbourne. Aged in her late 60s, Sandra suffered from a pulmonary condition before her death. Sarah Krasnostein’s award-winning biography bought Sandra Pankhurst’s amazing story to the public in 2018. Sandra described herself as a transgender woman “adopted into an abusive family, forced …

invisible boys holden sheppard

Charlie, Hammer & Zeke are the invisible boys. As queer people, we’ve all been invisible boys at one stage in our lives. Hiding who we are for fear of that eventual fallout when we are no longer safe, hidden from society’s judgement. But for these three boys, their invisible lives are made harder by their …

Right-wing social justice warriors now have their bloomers in a twist over the so-called ‘cancellation’ of racist English children’s author, Enid Blyton. To give credit where it’s due, the alt-right can find cancel culture anywhere. They seek it here — they seek it there —they seek it every fucking where. Enid Blyton’s bigotry necessitated revisions …

mary poppins festival p l travers

Mary Poppins is pure camp. The prim nanny tidies a nursery with a snap of her fingers and only has to open her umbrella to fly above London’s rooftops. The only thing camper than Poppins herself is Maryborough’s supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Mary Poppins Festival, celebrating the town’s status as the birthplace of Mary Poppins author, P L …

chips channon nazi-loving

Long-forgotten politician Sir Henry Chips Channon is about to enjoy a new lease on life decades after his death. Publication has begun, over three instalments, of his unexpurgated diaries. Channon’s bitchy and salacious revelations of the rarefied circles he moved in will provide immense entertainment to history buffs and royalists. Unfortunately, the avalanche of bon …

Rose Cleveland Precious and Adored: The Love Letters of Rose Cleveland and Evangeline Simpson Whipple

Rose Cleveland served as First Lady for her unmarried brother for fourteen months in the 1880s. Although history remembers her as First Lady to President Grover Cleveland, she deserves recognition in her own right and for her great relationship with the love of her life, Evangeline Whipple. A new book Precious and Adored: The Love …