Review: LaRose by Louise Erdrich

April 23, 2017 | LaRose was nominated for the 2016 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 PEN/Faulkner.

Voluntarily give up your son to the victim's family as atonement for accidentally killing their son...This is the compelling beginning to LaRose, by Louise Erdrich. I don’t think I would have crossed paths with this book unless I had read and enjoyed Commonwealth, by Anne Patchett. (You ca...

Review: Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

March 17, 2017 | Commonwealth is published by Bloomsbury. Available now, RRP $29.99.

In this novel, Commonwealth, we follow the lives of six siblings who are part of a blended family, across a period of 50 years. The story is a slow reveal through the eyes of each of the children, of a single traumatic event that occurred on one blissful holiday in their childhood, and the long-...

Review: Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple

March 9, 2017 | Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple is published by Orion. RRP$32.99, available now

  Here’s the thing about this book - it totally blindsided me. Yes it’s a comedy, but it also is so much more than just that label. TODAY WILL BE DIFFERENT is the story of Eleanor Flood, a successful animator with a hit series ‘Looper Wash’ to her name. She is supposed to be w...

Review: The Slow Waltz of Turtles by Katherine Pancol

March 2, 2017 | The Slow Waltz of Turtles is published by Allen and Unwin. RRP $29.99, available now.

This is a tricky review for me to write. THE SLOW WALTZ OF TURTLES by Katherine Pancol, has elements of a fantastic novel. It is a chic lit, mystery, drama and thriller set in France (one of my favourite locations), and a sequel to an international bestseller (THE YELLOW EYES OF CROCODILES 2.5 m...

Review: The Cookbook Roundup!

September 28, 2016 | Reviews of various cookbooks (from a variety of publishers), available now from any good bookseller.

It is no secret to the people who know me that I love to cook. We eat hardly any takeaway food and not a lot of processed snacks. I’m not a chef, nutritionist, personal trainer, food blogger or an aspiring Masterchef contestant. I don’t follow any particular eating plan. I’m an ordinary pe...

Review: Maggie’s Kitchen by Caroline Beecham

September 8, 2016 | Maggie's Kitchen by Caroline Beecham is available now. Published by Allen and Unwin, RRP $29.99

Sometimes when I start a book it feels like I’m shaking hands with an old friend, or sitting by the fire sipping a glass of red wine. It’s how you know you are in the hands of an excellent storyteller, that feeling of complete ease with the unfolding scene. MAGGIE’S KITCHEN is that kind o...

Review: If I Forget You by T. C. Greene

July 28, 2016 | RRP $24.99

Have you ever been in a situation and made a split second decision that was a huge mistake? A decision that had consequences you never could have imagined? IF I FORGET YOU is a love story about Henry and Margot, two young students from different socioeconomic backgrounds who fall deeply and i...

Review: The Toymaker by Liam Pieper

July 5, 2016 | RRP $29.99

Adam Kulakov works hard, plays hard and loves the family owned toy factory he has inherited from his Russian grandfather, Arkady, a Holocaust survivor. Adam is intensely proud of the origins of the toy company, but consistently jeopardises its future with reckless indulgence and entitlement atti...

Review: Music and Freedom by Zoë Morrison

July 1, 2016 | RRP $32.99

I adored MUSIC AND FREEDOM by Zoe Morrison and I'm so excited to tell you about it. MUSIC AND FREEDOM is the story of Alice Murray, just three-years-old and living on an orange farm in rural Australia where life is slow and sometimes brutal. One day, her Mother teaches her to play the piano, an...

Review: The View From The Cheap Seats by Neil Gaiman

June 9, 2016 | RRP $29.99

On publication day, I headed out to my local bookstore in search of The View From The Cheap Seats, a collection of selected non-fiction by Neil Gaiman. Gaiman, author of juggernaut novels like American Gods and Coraline and The Ocean at the End of the Lane, was featured in the newspaper a while ...

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