Give the perfect gift to your friends and family: a subscription to Kill Your Darlings. Not only will you be giving a yearly dose of KYD goodness (with a saving of 30% off RRP and free postage) but from now until Christmas Eve you can also keep a present for yourself! There are three brilliant books to choose from. 

Her Father’s Daughter
– by Alice Pung

At twenty-something, Alice is eager for the milestones of adulthood: leaving home, choosing a career, finding friendship and love on her own terms. But with each step she takes she feels the sharp tug of invisible threads: the love and worry of her parents, who want more than anything to keep her from harm. Her father fears for her safety to an extraordinary degree – but why?

As she digs further into her father’s story, Alice embarks on a journey of painful discovery: of memories lost and found, of her own fears for the future, of history and how it echoes down the years. Set in Melbourne, China and Cambodia, Her Father’s Daughter captures a father–daughter relationship in a moving and astonishingly powerful way.

Pop Life: Inside Smash Hits Australia 1984–2007 – by Marc Andrews, Claire Isaac and David Nichols (Affirm Press)

‘Smash Hits was the magazine for pop fans’ – Kylie Minogue

For Australian teenagers of the 1980s and 1990s, Smash Hits magazine provided a fortnightly fix of fun, glamour and pop. It had more fizz than a sherbet bomb, and hundreds of thousands of Australian teenagers were hooked.

Pop Life is an insiders’ view of the Australian pop lovers’ bible, from its bubbly beginnings to digital demise. Three former Smash Hits writers and editors take an affectionate and irreverent jaunt down memory lane. And reveal how they, Australia and readers have changed along the way.

Life Kills – by Miles Vertigan

Life Kills follows the dark journey and twisted mind ravines of a mysterious unnamed terrorist as he goes about his business. On his flight, stewards Bubbles and Sparkles, pilots Brad and Chad, and a bunch of burnt out z-list hackster celebrities face their own particular brands of demons.

Life Kills is a unique work of dark and comedic avant-garde literary fiction, in the mode of Hunter S Thompson crossed with Kinky Friedman. It ridicules the many contradictions in the way people live their lives, with an authentic humour that belies the anger boiling beneath the surface. For hipsters, boomers, and anything in-between.

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