Review: My Cousin Rachael by Daphne Du Maurier

February 13, 2018 | My Cousin Rachael by Daphne Du Maurier is published by Hachette. Available now RRP $19.99, ebook $11.99.

I first read this book as a teenager. Back then, with limited experience of the romantic variety and certainly no actual understanding of Cornwall and country life, it was Phillip’s story that drew me in. The mystery, the obsession, the ending; all of it beautifully written, haunting in qualit...

Review: The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa

January 17, 2018 | The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa is published by Penguin. RRP $29.99 (Harcover), ebook available.

This utterly charming novel reminds me of everything I love about Japan. It has a pared back simplicity which belies depth of story, it has a thoughtful connection with nature that is both subtle and essential to the essence of the text and it is quirky. The Travelling Cat Chroniclces is ...

Review: Ache by Eliza Henry-Jones

June 28, 2017 | Ache by Eliza Henry Jones is published by Fourth Estate. Available now RRP $29.99.

The second book from Australian author, Eliza Henry Jones, the haunting ACHE, is an exploration of grief, loss and coping mechanisms related to trauma experienced after a terrible bushfire. A year before the opening lines, Annie’s world fell apart. Her grandmother was killed during a catast...

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...

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