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Mel Campbell

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Mel Campbell is professionally curious about pop culture. A freelance journalist, editor and cultural critic based in Melbourne, Australia, she has made a career out of exploring new trends, everyday delights and forgotten treasures.

Mel co-founded the award-winning publishing project Is Not Magazine , and the culture and entertainment website The Enthusiast . Currently, she writes on film, style and pop culture for Junkee , on Victorian galleries for Australian Art Collector magazine, on retail trends for Time Out Melbourne, is co-programming the 2013-14 season of Rooftop Cinema, and previews feature films for the Melbourne International Film Festival. Mel's fashion research blog is Footpath Zeitgeist .

Out of Shape is her first
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I like the night life, baby

This week I went on a road trip with my parents to Barwon Park Mansion, Winchelsea, to see Night Life, a National Trust exhibition of evening wear from the 1920s and 1930s. By pure chance, we managed to time our arrival just as a guided tour by exhibition curator Elizabeth Anya-Petrivna was beginning. This was an awesome way to navigate the exhibition. Anya-Petrivna offered lots of detail about th Read more of this blog post »
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I had this on my shelf for years but lost interest in it. My dad borrowed it and read it, and I still didn't get around to it. But then I found its sequel, The New World, at the library and borrowed it impulsively, which meant I had a reason to finis ...more
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What I appreciated most about this was that Andrew Motion is grappling with the legacy of American colonialism within the fictive early-19th-century Treasure Island universe, and still in the style of Stevenson's late-19th-century storytelling. At ti ...more
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This was a satisfying example of fae-themed YA. So much YA is really about the intrigue that comes from the main character learning to navigate complex and hostile institutions; and so it is with the treacherous High Court o
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This was a very atmospheric and viscerally told book that plunges you into the sensations of a freezing Tasmanian winter, and of the biology PhD researcher protagonist Jessica's feelings of dislocation and grief. It's a beautifully handled portrayal ...more
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I've had this on my shelf for a couple of years now but only just picked it up because I'm on a historical witchcraft/witch-hunting jag lately. Like most of the other books along these lines that I've enjoyed, it's based on real historical characters ...more
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I thought this would be a quick, fun, breezy read, and was really annoyed to find myself caught up in the angst of cutesily named protagonist Maisie Martin and even shedding tears at her more vulnerable moments. This is a book that understands its fo ...more
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