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Too Much Lip
Too Much Lip | Melissa Lucashenko
A dark and funny new novel from the multi-award-winning author of Mullumbimby.Too much lip, her old problem from way back. And the older she got, the harder it seemed to get to swallow her opinions. The avalanche of bullshit in the world would drown her if she let it; the least she could do was raise her voice in anger.Wise-cracking Kerry Salter has spent a lifetime avoiding two things her hometown and prison. But now her Pop is dying and shes an inch away from the lockup, so she heads south on a stolen Harley.Kerry plans to spend twenty-four hours, tops, over the border. She quickly discovers, though, that Bundjalung country has a funny way of grabbing on to people. Old family wounds open as the Salters fight to stop the development of their beloved river. And the unexpected arrival on the scene of a good-looking dugai fella intent on loving her up only adds more trouble but then trouble is Kerrys middle name.Gritty and darkly hilarious, Too Much Lip offers redemption and forgiveness where none seems possible.
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BarbaraBB
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It took some time getting into this novel, mainly because of the use of local slang. But then it took off and I was drawn hard into the fast-paced plot about an Aboriginal family. They all have developed their own ways to cope with Australian society and their position within it. Addiction, criminal activities, lethargy, avoidance: it is each for their own, within society and within the family. 👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼 #ozfiction

BarbaraBB A potential threat of losing their land, and the shared determination to protect it, does change things however. It‘s a gritty yet loving and respectful novel and as a ‘dugai‘ I have learned a lot 😀 . Thank you so much for sending it to me, Carolyn! 💕 (edited) 5d
squirrelbrain Sounds really interesting! 5d
Megabooks This is on my TBR! Great review! 5d
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LeeRHarry Great review! I have it in my library pile to read, it‘s been bumped up that pile now 😊 hopefully I‘ll get to it before it has to go back! 5d
Freespirit Great review! 5d
CarolynM I'm so glad you enjoyed it. It's so hard to know how much use of language and references rely on our particular cultural knowledge and how much is more widely understood. I'm reminded of the old joke about the English and the Americans being separated by a common language 😂 I think the thing I loved most about it was that it didn't shy away from the bad stuff but it's tone was fundamentally positive. The characters were strong and resilient. 4d
BarbaraBB I am sure I didn‘t understand all but I really loved Kerry and how she stood up for things that mattered to her. And I loved the rawness about it all. While typing this I realize I may romanticize that aspect a bit 😊 @CarolynM (edited) 4d
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BarbaraBB
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#WeeklyReport 46/19

I started We are Called to Rise today and am absolutely LOVING it so far. Thanks for bringing this to my attention, Cindy. Next will be Too Much Lip, which I am so happy was gifted to me by @CarolynM Her review was so good. I‘ll read this one for #ATY2019.
In between I‘ll continue reading the Wells, both in hardcopy and on #SerialRead.
Lovely week ahead, don‘t you think?!

emilyhaldi We are Called does sound really good!!! Adding to my tbr 🤗 1w
Cinfhen I‘m so glad you‘re loving it, barbara!!! It‘s really good ~ don‘t want to say too much so I look forward to reading next week‘s #BookReport 😁 1w
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Kalalalatja It sounds like you are in for a great week! ☺️ and your birthday is this week, right? 1w
BarbaraBB @Kalalalatja Yes! Just like yours 😉😘 1w
Kalalalatja It can only be a great week, then 😉 1w
CarolynM Hope you enjoy Too Much Lip. Don't forget the glossary and you can ask me anything and I'll try to answer - I may need help from @MrsMalaprop 🙂 1w
MrsMalaprop @CarolynM 👏👏👏 So excited to see this being read widely. Have you read ? 1w
BarbaraBB @CarolynM @MrsMalaprop Thanks! I know how to find you 😘 1w
CarolynM @MrsMalaprop My book group has just chosen The Yield for our summer read. Looking forward to it. 1w
BarbaraBB @CarolynM do you know where I can find a glossary? I just started and it would come in handy 😀 1w
CarolynM @BarbaraBB I thought there was one in the back of the book but I've just checked and found it was in her earlier book Mullumbimby. My memory is getting worse and worse. I'm going to try to scan in that one and email it to you. (edited) 1w
BarbaraBB @CarolynM That would be so nice. Maybe there‘s one online as well. I‘ll have a look! 1w
CarolynM @BarbaraBB I've just emailed you a PDF of the Glossary from Mullumbimby from my westgarthwoman account. Hope you can access it! 1w
BarbaraBB @CarolynM perfect, I have received it and have already found some words that I was wondering about! 😘 1w
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Hestapleton
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My tentative October TBR—I‘m a huge mood reader so this might change and I wanted to have lots of options. I‘m hoping to have a more productive reading month than September. Here‘s hoping the cooler weather gives me some energy. #fallisbooked @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I am too!! And cooler weather would be awesome!! 📚❤️ 2mo
OriginalCyn620 👌🏻😊📚❤️ 2mo
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Gillyreads
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Books I read this month. 📚

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Abailliekaras
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Brilliant. Great story-telling: drama, action and larger-than-life characters but firmly grounded. Characters are flawed but written w compassion - you empathise & see why they can be self-destructive. Confronting - issues of violence, alcohol & poverty - abut told with love & wonderful humour. Beautiful prose: great rhythm & the dialogue & Bundjalung words ring true - you feel as if you‘re there. All Australians should read this.

CarolynM Great review! I'm still thinking about these characters. I want lots of Australians to read it - as many as read that totally unchallenging but wildly popular Boy Swallows Universe drivel (sorry, I know I'm being unfair to it but I'm really frustrated by it doing so well while this one isn't getting so much traction). And I want a whole novel about Black Superman! 3mo
Abailliekaras @carolynM Oh my gosh, Black Superman. 🖤 I liked boy swallows universe - I forgive it for being less urgent (disadvantaged - although he didnt have an easy childhood) because it‘s so earnest and true, and told with such affection, I was charmed by it. Very different books though! Would love to see as many people reading too much lip. (edited) 3mo
Tanisha_A @JennyM Check this! 💙 3mo
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LeeRHarry I‘m 28th in the queue at my library for this one guys 😊 @CarolynM 3mo
Abailliekaras @LeeRHarry oh dear I hope the queue moves quickly! 3mo
JennyM @Tanisha_A thanks T! I am hearing wonderful things about this one - and this review makes me think I need to bump it up 😊 3mo
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Abailliekaras
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Coming up on the podcast - also the Testaments by Margaret Atwood on 10 September. 🙌🏼📚 I‘m currently reading Too Much Lip and loving it!

CarolynM I adored Too Much Lip. I'm so glad it won the Miles! 3mo
Abailliekaras @carolynm yes a great pick! 3mo
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BarbaraBB
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I am home again. After 32 amazing days across the US it‘s hard to go back to reality now. But things immediately look better since I opened these two bookish parcels. You‘re both so thoughtful, Carolyn and Katja, and I am really touched by your words and the books. Your recommendation of them means a lot! Thank you so much ❤️😘

Kalalalatja That was fast! I‘m glad my little package made it a bit easier to get home, but it is always bittersweet when a lovely trip ends. I have enjoyed seeing all your photos, and have been more than a little jealous 😉💕 3mo
Megabooks So glad you made it home safely! 3mo
TrishB Looks like you had a wonderful holiday ❤️ 3mo
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Cathythoughts Sounds a great trip ! Always lovely to come home 3mo
squirrelbrain I agree @Kalalalatja - I‘ve loved seeing all the wonderful pictures of your trip Barbara! How nice to come home to gifts from lovely Littens 💕 3mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks Thank you dear Meg 😘 3mo
BarbaraBB @TrishB @Cathythoughts @squirrelbrain Thank you, I may be a bit sentimental due to my jetlag but I feel lucky to have you among my friends 💜 (edited) 3mo
TrishB @BarbaraBB the feelings mutual ❤️ 3mo
CarolynM Glad you had such a wonderful trip (I loved seeing your photos) and that the parcel was there when you got home. The book just won the Miles Franklin Award (I'm delighted) - I hope you like it. 3mo
JennyM Welcome home. I‘ve loved your pictures. Hope you ease back into reality slowly 😘 3mo
sisilia 32 days!!! Wow wow 😍 3mo
youneverarrived I‘ve loved your photos. Glad you had a great trip ♥️ 3mo
ValerieAndBooks Glad you made it back home and also glad you now have so many good memories and experiences of the USA 🇺🇸 😊 3mo
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Gillyreads
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I‘ve been meaning to read Too Much Lip since it came out, but listening to Melissa Lucashenko speak at the Miles Franklin award night really motivated me to finally pick it up. She‘s incredible.

LapReader I saw her at the Sydney Writer‘s Festival. 4mo
CarolynM It's a fabulous book. I'm so glad it won. Enjoy! 4mo
Gillyreads @LapReader she‘s amazing @CarolynM so great so far 4mo
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MrsMalaprop
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@CarolynM not only did it make the shortlist, it bloody won Australia‘s Miles Franklin award last night 🙌👏😍 🇦🇺.

Such an awesome book and an awesome result 🖤💛❤️. #ozfiction #indigenousfiction #milesfranklin @Rissreads

CarolynM I know! I was so thrilled when I heard last night! I really hope it means a lot of people will read it and maybe get a bit better idea about what life is really like for aboriginal people in modern Australia. I love what she's had to say about speaking truth to power too. 4mo
Freespirit I haven't read it yet..it's on my pile..great win 4mo
Rissreads Only 2 more book club picks then it's my turn! I can't wait to read this and share it with them. 4mo
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CarolynM
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Presenting my mid-year report @Cinfhen (saluting emoji)

Too Much Lip is still the best thing I've read this year and I am delighted to say it made the short list for the Miles Franklin Award that was announced last night. The others are in no particular order, but I would probably put Milkman as number 2 on my list. Honourable mention for Big Sky which only just missed the cut.

#Top6Reads

Ruthiella It‘s tough to narrow it down! I opted for Golden State over Milkman but Milkman was brilliant. 5mo
Cinfhen I‘ve just added 3 books to my growing TBR 🙏🏻💕😘Thanks for sharing 5mo
Cathythoughts I have Milk Man on mine too. And want to read that Hollinghurst 5mo
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Tanisha_A Milkman! ♥️ 5mo
Sarz Too Much Lip is definitely on my TBR. Heard so much great stuff about it! 5mo
BarbaraBB This means I must read Too Much Lip! 💜 5mo
CarolynM @BarbaraBB I am cautious about recommending Too Much Lip to non Australians because I don't know how much of it relies on local cultural knowledge. If you want to try it I'd love to send you a copy. Email me your postal address to munchenberg at on the dot net dot au 5mo
BarbaraBB I‘d love to try it, that is so kind! I‘ll email you! 😘 5mo
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Centique
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#bookmail

Look at the lovely parcel that arrived in the mail last night from @CarolynM 💕💕 I‘m so stoked with all of it Carolyn - I‘ve been lamenting my lack of depth in Australian novels and this great gift is going to improve that! The card and bookmark are super lovely too 😍
I am putting together a little NZ gift for you! Have you read any Janet Frame by the way?

CarolynM I'm happy to see they've arrived safely. Hope there's at least one you really enjoy. I got interested in Janet Frame back when they made the film of An Angel at my Table, but I never did get around to reading her. You really don't need to send me anything, I just wanted to share these books with you 🙂 7mo
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Jeg
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One of the many things I love about reading is it lets me inside the heads of other people and I get to understand things in a different way. This book did this for me in a big way. I want everyone to read this book. I loved the ending my favourite sort. Thank you @MrsMalaprop

Freespirit I need to read this! 8mo
CarolynM I know exactly what you mean. The characters were so strong and so believable. Definitely a book all Australians should read🙂 8mo
MrsMalaprop 👏👏😍😍🙌🙌🖤❤️💛 8mo
Rissreads I‘m going to pick this book as my book club book pick later in the year, so I‘m saving it for then! 8mo
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Too Much Lip
Milkman
The Museum of Modern Love
Normal People
The Hate U Give

#BestBookSoFar2019

megnews The Hate U Give was so good. 8mo
Hestapleton Oo I‘m getting ready to dive into 8mo
Jeg I‘m reading Too much Lip right now. Sooo good. 8mo
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MrsMalaprop
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Holy Moly 😳! This novel is written by an Aboriginal woman about a contemporary Aboriginal family. It‘s modern, punchy, and confronting.

I feel like I‘ve peeked in through a window. Lucashenko has facilitated my access to the lives, language, trauma and triumphs of the Salter family. And I am so very grateful 🙏.

❤️🖤💛🇦🇺 #ozfiction

AntoinetteBuchanan I LOVED that book! Have you read her previous novel Mullumbimby? 8mo
MrsMalaprop @AntoinetteBuchanan Yes I have read 😊👏. 8mo
Rissreads I so want to read this now but I‘m saving it for my book club choice later in the year. 8mo
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Rissreads What are you going to read next? 8mo
CarolynM Isn't it wonderful? I've been raving about it to everyone. So pleased to see it on some prize lists, hopefully that will get it the attention it deserves. You need to read it @Rissreads 8mo
CarolynM It made the Stella Shortlist! Hurray🎉🎉🎉 8mo
MrsMalaprop Oh that‘s brilliant @CarolynM 😁👏. 8mo
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MrsMalaprop
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When you drive over a box of screws and have to spend a couple hours waiting for your punctured tyre to be repaired, you take advantage of the fact that you ALWAYS have your book with you👍📖🧁😋.

It‘s funny because I really wanted to ignore all my chores today so I could finish my book, then this happens ☺️. #silverlinings

zsuzsanna_reads Aargh! That's happened to me once, so infuriating! I'm glad to see you spent the time productively 💜 8mo
Rissreads Lucky you! 8mo
Tamra Looks to me like a fortunate puncture. 👌🏾 8mo
Bklover Ok, what is that divine looking thing you are eating? Is that bacon on top!? 8mo
MrsMalaprop @Bklover It‘s a ginger cake with cream cheese frosting. Not exactly sure what was on the top 🤔. Could be some kind of candied edible flowers. It was very good 😋. 8mo
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MrsMalaprop
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I am having the most wonderful, decadent birthday long weekend with my husband and youngest son. We are staying in a boutique hotel in Northbridge, Perth, Western Australia.

Today we wandered to a local fair where there was a secondhand book stall. Hence the beautiful #bookhaul you see here 😍📚. We also went to an exhibition on children‘s book Cicada by Shaun Tan.

Fun fact: I gave birth to my son on my birthday 10 years ago 🎉🥂💕😙.

Kalalalatja Happy birthday to you both! 🎉🎉🎉 9mo
RachelO Happy Birthday 🥳! Have a lovely weekend. 9mo
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TrishB Happy birthday 🎉🎉 9mo
ClairesReads Happy birthday 🥳 9mo
JennyM Enjoy and happy birthday 🥳 9mo
CarolynM Happy Birthday🎂🎈🎉 Love that Kate Atkinson you have there❤️ 9mo
Jeg Happy birthday. 🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂 9mo
Lcsmcat Happy birthday to you and your son! 9mo
saresmoore How wonderful! Hippo birdies two ewes! 9mo
LeahBergen Happy Birthday to you and your son! 📚📚📚 9mo
mrp27 Happy Birthday! 🎉📚🎂 9mo
Rissreads I‘m glad you are having such a wonderful long weekend birthday girl! Eat lots of cake 🍰 xxx 9mo
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😩😢 Coffee spillage.

Weaponxgirl Nooooooo! Hate when that happens 9mo
LeeRHarry Oooh I did that on a library book once 😔 I couldn‘t believe that when I took it back and offered to pay for it the librarian said that no one ever does that! 😳 9mo
Tamra Coffee happens 😐 9mo
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Texreader Oooh hate it when that happens. I‘m so bad I keep a roll of paper towels in my desk at work 9mo
CarolynM It's ok so long as you can still read it🙂Hope you're enjoying it. I've got my husband reading it at the moment because I raved so much. 9mo
MrBook Ahhh, it happens. 🤷🏼‍♂️ 9mo
Rissreads Noooooooooooooooo! 9mo
Freespirit Oh dear...I once dropped my book in the bath 😳that did not look so good😂😂 9mo
Jeg Oh no!!! 😮 9mo
saresmoore Adds character? 9mo
Traci1 Oops. 😯 9mo
darklydreaming Gives the book character 😁 (no pun intended haha) 9mo
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MrsMalaprop
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#ozfiction #currentlyreading

Excited to be making a start on this one from Aboriginal author Lucashenko. I enjoyed her award winning novel Mullumbimby and have high hopes for this one.

The title is an Australian expression meaning a person who has too much to say or is being rude or cheeky. Looking forward to a female protagonist who‘s accused of that 👊😁.

CarolynM It is definitely a fitting title. I think you'll like it. 9mo
Jeg @MrsMalaprop this is on my want to read list. Could I get in line to borrow.? 9mo
MrsMalaprop Sure can @jeg 😊. 9mo
Freespirit Looking forward to your review! 9mo
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CarolynM
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1. Night Train to Memphis by Elizabeth Peters
2. Blissfully none! After 4 weekends of having visitors or visiting others we finally have a weekend to ourselves.
3. Easy choice
4. No. My physical abilities verge on the incompetent.
5. Will do

#FriYayIntro

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AntoinetteBuchanan
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Brilliant. A highly recommended read

CarolynM I loved this one too. 🙂 10mo
AntoinetteBuchanan I hope never to meet someone who doesn‘t! I love the unapologetic nature of Lukashenko‘s writing. 10mo
CoffeeNBooks Welcome to Litsy! 📚 10mo
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CarolynM
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It's 43 degrees in Melbourne today, a good day to splash in the pool, or stay in with a good book. And what a good book this is! It made me laugh, made me angry and made me really care about its vivid characters. Trigger warnings for foul language and abuse of all kinds, and a caveat that there are a lot of Aboriginal words and Aussie slang and references that may be difficult for non Australians to understand, I heartily recommend it. #ozfiction

Reggie 👍🏽 Sounds good. 11mo
JennyM Sounds great - keep cool 😎 11mo
zsuzsanna_reads Nice pool! 11mo
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Jeg We are getting some of the heat here in the west today. It‘s been so wonderfully cool here , heaven. So it‘s an inside day with the air con. Wish we had a pool. 😊. I‘m going to look out for that book. I‘m aiming for a year of Aussie authors. 10mo
CarolynM @Jeg Much cooler here now thankfully. It's a great book, hope you enjoy it. I'm going to get hold of 10mo
Centique Oh my lord that is TOO hot. Also stacked! I‘m loving learning some aboriginal and Aussie words 😍👍 10mo
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Sue
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This book is raw and painful, and Lucashenko doesn‘t pull her punches as she examines the knock on effects of trauma and violence against Aboriginal people from colonisation onwards, the separation of the people from their land and culture, the impact of the Stolen Generations and how this is still manifesting and effecting people in their daily lives. All of the stars for this one.

tif Thanks for sharing 1y
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Sue
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Accurate!

CarolynM Very shit! 1y
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Sue
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Is anyone else participating in the upcoming Author of Colour readathon? It‘s being hosted by booktuber Dana in Colour and my wonderful bookish friend @PoloRaccoon let me know about it. I‘ve posted on the blog about it ...

bit.ly/2AYRgWD

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Sue
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Gut wrenching opening quote. (‘Gin‘ is a derogatory word for an Aboriginal woman)

Ddzmini 😳👀 1y
Anna40 Am glad she shot the bastard! 1y
Sue @Anna40 I ended up on the acknowledgments page last night - turns out that quote is about one of Lucashenko‘s relatives, and her only regret was that she was aiming for his heart and missed. 1y
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Sue
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Yaaaas! I‘m so happy to have my hands on this one!

#aussiesrule2018

Fernoppy Ooh, I loved Mullumbimby! Guess I‘ll have to stack this one but those are the risks you take when you come to Litsy 🤣 1y
Sue @Fernoppy if your stack doesn‘t get a little bigger with each Litsy visit, it feel like you‘re not doing it right 😜 1y
CarolynM I bought a copy of this today. It sounds good.🙂 1y
Sue I started it last night and it‘s great! @CarolynM 1y
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