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BOOK REVIEW: Lucy's Book by Natalie Jane Prior & Cheryl Orsini

BOOK REVIEW: Lucy’s Book by Natalie Jane Prior & Cheryl Orsini

BOOK REVIEW: Lucy’s Book by Natalie Jane Prior & Cheryl Orsini Lothian March 2017 Hardcover, $26.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Picture Book 8/10 Lucy’s Book looks at the path that a much-loved library book might take, and throughout these pages the library book in question is read in the car, at lunch, all through the afternoon, […]

BOOK REVIEW: One Was Lost by Natalie D. Richards

BOOK REVIEW: One Was Lost by Natalie D. Richards

BOOK REVIEW: One Was Lost by Natalie D. Richards Sourcebooks Fire January 2017 Paperback, $15.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult 3/10 We run and scream, like there’s somewhere to go or someone to hear. Come to think of it, there might be someone. And if there is, we probably don’t want them to hear […]

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: Snow Man and the Seven Ninjas by Matt Cosgrove

BOOK REVIEW: Snow Man and the Seven Ninjas by Matt Cosgrove

BOOK REVIEW: Snow Man and the Seven Ninjas by Matt Cosgrove Koala Books February 2017 Paperback, $5.00 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Middle Grade / Fairytale Retelling 7/10 Don’t worry! This ISN’T the story of Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs that has bored children for years. This digusting and completely awesome retelling of the classic […]

BOOK REVIEW: The Un-Discovered Islands by Malachy Tallack, illustrated by Katie Scott

BOOK REVIEW: The Un-Discovered Islands by Malachy Tallack, illustrated by Katie Scott

BOOK REVIEW: The Un-Discovered Islands by Malachy Tallack, illustrated by Katie Scott Polygon January 2017 Hardcover, $34.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell History/Geography/Myth 8/10 The title of this book refers to a very specific type of island; not one that is yet to be discovered, but one was believed to be real at some point but […]

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: BEING ELVIS – A LONELY LIFE by Ray Connolly

BOOK REVIEW: BEING ELVIS – A LONELY LIFE by Ray Connolly

BOOK REVIEW: BEING ELVIS – A LONELY LIFE by Ray Connolly Hachette Australia – rrp$35.00 November 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 ½ /10 Ray Connolly’s superbly researched book documents the sensational highs and terribly sad lows of Elvis Presley’s career: a career which was, Connolly says, contrary to what he actually wanted to do. […]

COOKBOOK REVIEW: BREAD STREET KITCHEN by Gordon Ramsey & the Bread Street Kitchen Team

COOKBOOK REVIEW: BREAD STREET KITCHEN by Gordon Ramsey & the Bread Street Kitchen Team

COOKBOOK REVIEW: BREAD STREET KITCHEN by Gordon Ramsey & the Bread Street Kitchen Team Hachette Australia – rrp$49.99 December 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Gordon Ramsey’s £3 million Bread Street Kitchen – which opened in London 2011 and now has outlets in Dubai, Hong Kong and Singapore – gets its own cookbook, featuring 100 […]

COOKBOOK REVIEW: THE BACON JAM COOKBOOK

COOKBOOK REVIEW: THE BACON JAM COOKBOOK

COOKBOOK REVIEW: THE BACON JAM COOKBOOK Hachette Australia – rrp$39.99 November 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9 ½ /10 As a self-confessed bacon addict, these guys had me at ‘bacon jam.’ Produced by the Eat 17 stores out of London, and named after their world-wide success, Bacon Jam, it’s not just a collection recipe, it’s […]

BOOK REVIEW: Good Morning, Midnight by Lilly Brooks-Dalton

BOOK REVIEW: Good Morning, Midnight by Lilly Brooks-Dalton

BOOK REVIEW: Good Morning, Midnight by Lilly Brooks-Dalton Weidenfeld & Nicolson August 2016 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Literary/Science Fiction 6/10   Augustine, a brilliant, aging astronomer, is consumed by the stars. For years he has lived in remote outposts, studying the sky for evidence of how the universe began. At his latest posting, […]

BOOK REVIEW: MWD: Hell is Coming Home by Brian David Johnson and Jan Egleson, illustrated by Laila Milevski and Karl Stevens

BOOK REVIEW: MWD: Hell is Coming Home by Brian David Johnson and Jan Egleson, illustrated by Laila Milevski and Karl Stevens

BOOK REVIEW: MWD: Hell is Coming Home by Brian David Johnson and Jan Egleson, illustrated by Laila Milevski and Karl Stevens Candlewick Press February 2017 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Graphic Novel 7/10 With unflinching candor, a moving graphic novel follows a young woman’s return from war and her bond with two dogs—one who […]

BOOK REVIEW: Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land

BOOK REVIEW: Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land

BOOK REVIEW: Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land Penguin|Michael Joseph January 2017 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Psychological Thriller 6/10   NEW NAME. NEW FAMILY. SHINY. NEW. ME. Annie’s mother is a serial killer. The only way she can make it stop is to hand her in to the police. Dragged from your […]

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: A Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom

BOOK REVIEW: A Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom

BOOK REVIEW: A Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom Harper Collins January 2017 Paperback, $19.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult 8/10   “We spoke yesterday but you might not recall. Do you know why you’re here?” I twirl my finger around my left ear. He smiles a little. “That doesn’t actually mean anything […]

COOKBOOK REVIEW: Salads & Vegetables by Karen Martini

COOKBOOK REVIEW: Salads & Vegetables by Karen Martini

COOKBOOK REVIEW: Salads & Vegetables by Karen Martini Pan Macmillan Australia  November 2016 Paperback, $39.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Cooking 7/10 A veteran of the Melbourne restaurant scene and regular contributor to Fairfax Media’s Good Food and Epicure lift-outs, as well as a prominent TV presence on My Kitchen Rules and Better Homes And Gardens, Karen […]

BOOK REVIEW: Forever Words by Johnny Cash

BOOK REVIEW: Forever Words by Johnny Cash

BOOK REVIEW: Forever Words by Johnny Cash Allen & Unwin December 2016 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Poetry 9/10 When The Man In Black passed away in September 2003, he left reams of papers, which Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and Princeton professor Paul Muldoon has sifted through to curate 41 poems which span most of his life. […]

BOOK REVIEW: Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

BOOK REVIEW: Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

BOOK REVIEW: Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth Harper Collins January 2017 Paperback, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult/Speculative 3/10 So Veronica Roth, author of Divergent, Insurgent, Allegiant, and subsequent short stories in the same universe is back! There is a lot of hype around this book and so many elements that showed potential. Surely, after […]

COOKBOOK REVIEW: Damn Fine Cherry Pie by Lindsey Bowden

COOKBOOK REVIEW: Damn Fine Cherry Pie by Lindsey Bowden

COOKBOOK REVIEW: Damn Fine Cherry Pie by Lindsey Bowden Hachette Australia November 2016 Hardcover, $39.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Cooking 8/10 It may be an unauthorised collection, but this volume of recipes inspired by the wonderful food which served as such a distraction on David Lynch’s sometimes-wacky, sometimes-cerebral, always-interesting series Twin Peaks. To her credit Lindsey […]

BOOK REVIEW: History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund

BOOK REVIEW: History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund

BOOK REVIEW: History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund Weidenfeld & Nicolson January 2017 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Fiction/Literary 8/10 By their nature, it came to me, children were freaks. They believed impossible things to suit themselves, thought their fantasies were the center of the world. They were the best kinds of quacks, if […]

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 […]

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