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BOOK REVIEW: PINK FLOYD: THEIR MORTAL REMAINS by Victoria Broackes and Anna Landreth Strong

BOOK REVIEW: PINK FLOYD: THEIR MORTAL REMAINS by Victoria Broackes and Anna Landreth Strong

BOOK REVIEW: PINK FLOYD: THEIR MORTAL REMAINS by Victoria Broackes and Anna Landreth Strong Allen & Unwin – hardcover – rrp$74.99 July 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 10/10 This collection of photographic artifacts and essays documenting the career of Pink Floyd is a work of no small beauty. From its lenticular Dark Side Of The […]

BOOK REVIEW: THE NAKED WITCH by Fiona Horne

BOOK REVIEW: THE NAKED WITCH by Fiona Horne

BOOK REVIEW: THE NAKED WITCH by Fiona Horne Rockpool Publishing – rrp$29.99 July 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 As frontwoman of electro-rock pioneers Def FX, Fiona Horne became a role model empowering women that they could mix it with the blokes at a time when sexism was still rife in the Australian music industry. […]

BOOK REVIEW: Good Thinking - A Teenager's Guide to Managing Stress and Emotion Using CBT by Sarah Edelman and Louise Rémond

BOOK REVIEW: Good Thinking – A Teenager’s Guide to Managing Stress and Emotion Using CBT by Sarah Edelman and Louise Rémond

BOOK REVIEW: Good Thinking – A Teenager’s Guide to Managing Stress and Emotion Using CBT by Sarah Edelman and Louise Rémond ABC Books June 2017 Softback, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction/Self-Help & Personal Development 8.5/10 If we want to change how we feel we need to start with changing how we think. This is […]

BOOK REVIEW: WILD ANIMALS OF THE SOUTH by Dieter Braun

BOOK REVIEW: WILD ANIMALS OF THE SOUTH by Dieter Braun

BOOK REVIEW: WILD ANIMALS OF THE SOUTH by Dieter Braun Walker Books – rrp$39.99 June 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 10/10 For this simply beautiful book, Dieter Braun has created gorgeously evocative artworks featuring many animals, birds and reptiles of the southern hemisphere, and paired them to some interesting facts, such as the giraffe’s scientific […]

BOOK REVIEW: Dr First – Dr Twelfth by Adam Hargreaves

BOOK REVIEW: Dr First – Dr Twelfth by Adam Hargreaves

BOOK REVIEW: Dr First – Dr Twelfth by Adam Hargreaves Penguin Random House Australia – softcover – rrp$9.99 each May 2017 onwards Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 10/10 Dr Who fans will find nothing not to like about these cute adaptations of their hero(es) into Mr Men form. Sure the likenesses are flimsy at the best […]

BOOK REVIEW: Rethink Your Career - In your 40s, 50s and 60s by Joanna Maxwell

BOOK REVIEW: Rethink Your Career – In your 40s, 50s and 60s by Joanna Maxwell

BOOK REVIEW: Rethink Your Career – In your 40s, 50s and 60s by Joanna Maxwell ABC Books 1 June 2017 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction/Self-Help & Personal Development 8/10 The pension age continues to rise and the idea of one job for life no longer exists. This means that we need to get […]

BOOK REVIEW: FROM CRADLE TO STAGE by Virginia Grohl

BOOK REVIEW: FROM CRADLE TO STAGE by Virginia Grohl

BOOK REVIEW: FROM CRADLE TO STAGE by Virginia Grohl Hachette Australia – rrp$32.99 May 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 ½ /10 “Grohl” y’say? Yep – Grohl. As in, Virginia, as in Mother-Of-Foo-Fighters’-Dave – Grohl. Over the course of the past few years Virginia befriended mothers of other global rock and pop and country stars, […]

BOOK REVIEW: The Upstairs Room by Kate Murray-Browne

BOOK REVIEW: The Upstairs Room by Kate Murray-Browne

BOOK REVIEW: The Upstairs Room by Kate Murray-Browne Picador July 2017 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Fiction 6/10 Eleanor and Richard have stretched themselves to the limit to buy the perfect home – a tall Victorian townhouse with enough room for their growing family. But the cracks are already starting to show. Eleanor is […]

BOOK REVIEW: Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

BOOK REVIEW: Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

BOOK REVIEW: Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire Tor July 2017 Hardcover, $26.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult/Speculative 9/10 This is the second book released in the series. While it is a prequel and takes place chronologically before the first book, it is highly recommended you read that book first. There […]

COOKBOOK REVIEW: FRESS by Emma Spitzer

COOKBOOK REVIEW: FRESS by Emma Spitzer

COOKBOOK REVIEW: FRESS by Emma Spitzer Hachette Australia – rrp$39.99 April 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 6 ½ /10 A 2015 UK Masterchef finalist, Emma Spitzer brings the experience of her mother’s Jewish culinary knowledge, and her mother-in-law’s Algerian upbringing, not to mention her travels in North Africa, Egypt and further afield, in Fress (from […]

BOOK REVIEW: THE GARDEN APOTHECARY by Reece Carter

BOOK REVIEW: THE GARDEN APOTHECARY by Reece Carter

BOOK REVIEW: THE GARDEN APOTHECARY by Reece Carter Harlequin – rrp$39.99 July 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Ahhh the modern world is an unforgiving slave trader, bombarding us almost every minute of the day with fast food, fast living, fast diets, fast entertainment, and ever faster ways of making us forget what is important. […]

COOKBOOK REVIEW: SLOW COOKER CENTRAL – SUPER SAVERS by Paulene Christie

COOKBOOK REVIEW: SLOW COOKER CENTRAL – SUPER SAVERS by Paulene Christie

COOKBOOK REVIEW: SLOW COOKER CENTRAL – SUPER SAVERS by Paulene Christie ABC Books/HarperCollins Australia rrp$24.99 May 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 With 200 new recipes divided into budgetary chapters – under $5, $10, $15, $20 and $25 – Paulene Christie has assembled a great collection of family-friendly meals which include traditional favourites, and more […]

COOKBOOK REVIEW: TUCK IN – Good Hearty Food Any Time by Ross Dobson

COOKBOOK REVIEW: TUCK IN – Good Hearty Food Any Time by Ross Dobson

COOKBOOK REVIEW: TUCK IN – Good Hearty Food Any Time by Ross Dobson Murdoch Books – rrp$39.99 July 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Ross Dobson’s recipes pack a punch – at their best they take some simple idea and add pizazz, style, and never without an accessible approach that most home cooks with access […]

BOOK REVIEW: HOW TO DRAW CUTE STUFF by Angela Nguyen

BOOK REVIEW: HOW TO DRAW CUTE STUFF by Angela Nguyen

BOOK REVIEW: HOW TO DRAW CUTE STUFF by Angela Nguyen Murdoch Books – rrp$19.99 July 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 Perfect for kids starting to explore their creativity or wanting to develop their drawing ability into new styles, Angela Nguyen – a renowned artist based in Los Angeles, Austin and Portland, USA – has […]

BOOK REVIEW: TEX by Tex Perkins

BOOK REVIEW: TEX by Tex Perkins

BOOK REVIEW: TEX by Tex Perkins Pan Macmillan Australia – rrp$34.99 25 July, 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 Tex Perkins and old mate Stuart Coupe have crafted an immensely readable biography which never shirks from his career and personal ups, downs and all-arounds for a single one of its 339 pages. Brutally honest, self-deprecating […]

BOOK REVIEW: WHERE THE WILD DADS WENT by Kate Blackburn & Sholto Walker

BOOK REVIEW: WHERE THE WILD DADS WENT by Kate Blackburn & Sholto Walker

BOOK REVIEW: WHERE THE WILD DADS WENT by Kate Blackburn & Sholto Walker Faber/Allen & Unwin – rrp$19.99 28 June, 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 Personally, I never found parenthood a particularly binding reason for becoming a wuss, but apparently most people tone down their life enjoyment as they get older, and shrug off […]

BOOK REVIEW: WHERE’S WALLY? THE ESSENTIAL COLLECTION by Martin Handford

BOOK REVIEW: WHERE’S WALLY? THE ESSENTIAL COLLECTION by Martin Handford

BOOK REVIEW: WHERE’S WALLY? THE ESSENTIAL COLLECTION by Martin Handford Walker Books, rrp$ July 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 This 30th anniversary collection gathers together all seven classic Where’s Wally books into one handy travel sized volume, and includes no less than six exclusive Wally postcards to colour in and send from your own […]

COOKBOOK REVIEWS: COMFORT EATING with NICK CAVE and DEFENSIVE EATING with MORRISSEY by Automne Zingg & Joshua Ploeg

COOKBOOK REVIEWS: COMFORT EATING with NICK CAVE and DEFENSIVE EATING with MORRISSEY by Automne Zingg & Joshua Ploeg

COOKBOOK REVIEWS: COMFORT EATING with NICK CAVE and DEFENSIVE EATING with MORRISSEY by Automne Zingg & Joshua Ploeg New South Books June 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 Bizarre but true: In 2013 Automne Zingg was nursing a broken heart in Los Angeles and, as she slowly emerged from inconsolable sadness, started drawing doodles of […]

BOOK REVIEW: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Film Tie-in) by Ransom Riggs

BOOK REVIEW: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Film Tie-in) by Ransom Riggs

BOOK REVIEW: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Film Tie-in) by Ransom Riggs Quirk August 2016 Paperback, $19.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult 5/10 A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs. A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where […]

BOOK REVIEW: If I Had an Elephant by Richard Fairgray and Terry Jones

BOOK REVIEW: If I Had an Elephant by Richard Fairgray and Terry Jones

BOOK REVIEW: If I Had an Elephant by Richard Fairgray and Terry Jones Scholastic New Zealand May 2017 Hardcover, $19.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Picture Book 10/10   If I had an elephant for a best friend, there’d be no stopping us! Wed get matching jackets. Wed build a time machine together. Wed have OUT […]

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