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BOOK REVIEW: A Letter from Italy by Pamela Hart

BOOK REVIEW: A Letter from Italy by Pamela Hart

BOOK REVIEW: A Letter from Italy by Pamela Hart Hachette Australia March 2017 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Fiction/Historic Fiction 9/10 A Letter from Italy is a romantic story that isn’t just ruled by its heart. It’s a novel inspired by Louise Mack, the first female war correspondent who worked during the First World […]

BOOK REVIEW: How to Win at Feminism the Definitive Guide to having it all - and Then Some! by Reductress, Elizabeth Newell, Sarah Pappalardo, Anna Drezen

BOOK REVIEW: How to Win at Feminism the Definitive Guide to having it all – and Then Some! by Reductress, Elizabeth Newell, Sarah Pappalardo, Anna Drezen

BOOK REVIEW: How to Win at Feminism the Definitive Guide to having it all – and Then Some! by Reductress, Elizabeth Newell, Sarah Pappalardo, Anna Drezen Harlequin UK November 2016 Paperback, $34.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction/Society & Culture 5/10 Comedy is something that looks easy but is really difficult. It’s also something that can […]

BOOK REVIEW: A Beginner’s Guide to Losing Your Mind by Emily Reynolds

BOOK REVIEW: A Beginner’s Guide to Losing Your Mind by Emily Reynolds

BOOK REVIEW: A Beginner’s Guide to Losing Your Mind by Emily Reynolds Hodder & Stoughton February 2017 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction/Family & Health 8/10 English freelance journalist Emily Reynolds was a teenager when she first developed bipolar disorder. It proved a hard diagnosis because it took around a decade of visits to […]

BOOK REVIEW: Ayesha's Gift - A Daughter’s Search for the Truth about Her Father by Martin Sixsmith

BOOK REVIEW: Ayesha’s Gift – A Daughter’s Search for the Truth about Her Father by Martin Sixsmith

BOOK REVIEW: Ayesha’s Gift – A Daughter’s Search for the Truth about Her Father by Martin Sixsmith Simon & Schuster February 2017 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / History / Biography 8.5/10 Ayesha’s Gift is a book that could also be called “Ayesha’s Curse” because it is brimming with sorrow. It’s the fictionalised […]

BOOK REVIEW: NeuroSlimming by Helena Popovic

BOOK REVIEW: NeuroSlimming by Helena Popovic

BOOK REVIEW: NeuroSlimming by Helena Popovic Penguin Books Australia January 2017 Paperback, $35.00 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction/Fitness & Diet 7/10 We live in an obesogenic environment. It’s a world of fast living, sedentary jobs and leisure activities, labour-saving devices, and an overabundance of cheap, accessible, energy-dense, nutrient poor, highly-processed foods. It’s also an environment […]

BOOK REVIEW: Hidden Figures - The Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly

BOOK REVIEW: Hidden Figures – The Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly

BOOK REVIEW: Hidden Figures – The Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly HarperCollins December 2016 Paperback, $31.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction/Social & Cultural History 8/10 For too long the African-American women who worked for the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA, a precursor to NASA) […]

BOOK REVIEW: Among the Lemon Trees by Nadia Marks

BOOK REVIEW: Among the Lemon Trees by Nadia Marks

BOOK REVIEW: Among the Lemon Trees by Nadia Marks Macmillan Australia December 2016 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Fiction/Romance 6/10 Love is a wonderful thing. We all want to experience it. Many musicians, artists and writers have used it as inspiration, but it was perhaps Darren Hanlon who put it best when he sang, “Love […]

BOOK REVIEW: Iced Beer & Other Tantalising Tips for Life by Lee Lin Chin & Chris Leben

BOOK REVIEW: Iced Beer & Other Tantalising Tips for Life by Lee Lin Chin & Chris Leben

BOOK REVIEW: Iced Beer & Other Tantalising Tips for Life by Lee Lin Chin & Chris Leben Penguin Books November 2016 Paperback, $19.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction/Comedy & Humour 7.5/10 Iced Beer & Other Tantalising Tips for Life is a short book that is billed as a sort of advice manual by the self-proclaimed “Prime […]

Natalie's Top 5 Reads for 2016

Natalie’s Top 5 Reads for 2016

At the start of 2016 I resolved to read more. I stopped listening to music and zoning out on public transport and decided I would always carry a book around in my handbag. Suffice it to say I achieved this resolution and this was largely thanks to receiving a number of free books from competitions and […]

BOOK REVIEW: Christmas Days by Jeanette Winterson

BOOK REVIEW: Christmas Days by Jeanette Winterson

BOOK REVIEW: Christmas Days by Jeanette Winterson Penguin Vintage November 2016 Hardcover, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Fiction 8/10 Joy to the world, Christmas Days is a collection of twelve short stories and other tid-bits that celebrate the festive season. The book is written by Jeanette Winterson (Why be Happy When You Could be Normal?) […]

BOOK REVIEW: A Tear in the Soul by Amanda Webster

BOOK REVIEW: A Tear in the Soul by Amanda Webster

BOOK REVIEW: A Tear in the Soul by Amanda Webster NewSouth Publishing October 2016 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Memoir 8/10 For years Amanda Webster had an idealistic view of the past. The smart, sixth-Generation Australian, who has published books about autism and whose father and grandfather were respected doctors, had assumed that everyone […]

BOOK REVIEW: Songs of a War Boy by Deng Thiak Adut with Ben McKelvey

BOOK REVIEW: Songs of a War Boy by Deng Thiak Adut with Ben McKelvey

BOOK REVIEW: Songs of a War Boy by Deng Thiak Adut with Ben McKelvey Hachette Australia October 2016 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Memoir 10/10   NSW Australian of the Year, Deng Thiak Adut, is nothing short of an inspiration. A lawyer with a keen interest in social justice, Adut was born in Southern […]

BOOK REVIEW: Sachiko A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story by Caren Stelson

BOOK REVIEW: Sachiko A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story by Caren Stelson

BOOK REVIEW: Sachiko A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story by Caren Stelson Carolrhoda Books November 2016 Hardcover, $27.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction 9.5/10 Many readers will be familiar with the children’s book, Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr, which was about a girl who survived the bombing of Hiroshima during World War II. It […]

BOOK REVIEW: Barefoot on the Wind by Zoë Marriott

BOOK REVIEW: Barefoot on the Wind by Zoë Marriott

BOOK REVIEW: Barefoot on the Wind by Zoë Marriott Walker Books November 2016 Paperback, $16.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Young Adult Fiction 6.5/10 Many of us are familiar with Disney’s version of Beauty & the Beast. The film shows the cursed Beast who captures the beautiful Belle, and it is only after Belle sees the […]

BOOK REVIEW: The Drifter by Anthea Hodgson

BOOK REVIEW: The Drifter by Anthea Hodgson

BOOK REVIEW: The Drifter by Anthea Hodgson Penguin Books September 2016 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Fiction 7/10   If Anthea Hodgson’s debut novel were a song it would be John Lennon’s “(Just Like) Starting Over.” The story is a rural romance set in Western Australia and it’s about two free-spirited individuals and a […]

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