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BOOK REVIEW: Depends What You Mean By Extremist by John Safran

BOOK REVIEW: Depends What You Mean By Extremist by John Safran

BOOK REVIEW: Depends What You Mean By Extremist by John Safran Penguin Random House May 2017 Paperback, $34.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction/Society & Culture 9/10   John Safran channelled the late Truman Capote for his true crime debut, Murder in Mississippi. For his follow-up, the TV documentarian and prankster takes a leaf from Louis Theroux by casually […]

BOOK REVIEW: SGT PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND by Brian Southall

BOOK REVIEW: SGT PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND by Brian Southall

BOOK REVIEW: SGT PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND by Brian Southall Hachette Australia – rrp$39.99 April 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 As a music journalist in the 1960s with the likes of Melody Maker and Disc, and a record label guy with such greats as A&M, Tamla Motown, Warner and especially EMI, where he […]

BOOK REVIEW: GET YOUR SH*T TOGETHER by Sarah Knight

BOOK REVIEW: GET YOUR SH*T TOGETHER by Sarah Knight

BOOK REVIEW: GET YOUR SH*T TOGETHER by Sarah Knight Hachette Australia – rrp$29.99 January 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Following Sarah Knight’s instant best-seller The Life Changing Magic Of Not Giving A F**K (subtitled, How to stop spending time you don’t have doing things you don’t want to do with people you don’t like), […]

DVD REVIEW: THE BURNINGMOORE DEATHS

DVD REVIEW: THE BURNINGMOORE DEATHS

DVD REVIEW: THE BURNINGMOORE DEATHS Cleopatra/MVD Directed by Jonathan Williams Starring Geoff Tate Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 5/10 The Burningmoore Deaths (or The Burningmoore Incident as it is also known) stars former Queensryche singer Geoff Tate as serial killer James Parrish, a man who suddenly snapped one day and killed his wife and three children. […]

COOKBOOK: A WHOLE NEW WAY TO EAT by Vladia Cobrdova

COOKBOOK: A WHOLE NEW WAY TO EAT by Vladia Cobrdova

COOKBOOK: A WHOLE NEW WAY TO EAT by Vladia Cobrdova Murdoch Books – rrp$39.99 March 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Starting as a juice bar and café in 1996, About Life did much to pioneer the healthy eating movement in Australia. Sisters Jodie Stewart and Tammie Phillips started the business, and were joined in […]

DVD/BLU RAY REVIEW: CRISS CROSS

DVD/BLU RAY REVIEW: CRISS CROSS

DVD/BLU RAY REVIEW: CRISS CROSS Shock Entertainment Directed by Robert Siodmak Starring Burt Lancaster, Yvonne DeCarlo, Dan Duryea Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 There’s no honour amongst thieves, they say – and when Steve Thompson (Burt Lancaster) starts fooling around with his ex Anna Dundee (Yvonne DeCarlo), he finds her gangster husband Slim Dundee (Dan […]

COOKBOOK REVIEW: ULTIMATE SLOW COOKER by Sally Wise

COOKBOOK REVIEW: ULTIMATE SLOW COOKER by Sally Wise

 COOKBOOK REVIEW: ULTIMATE SLOW COOKER by Sally Wise ABC Books – rrp$29.99 March 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Sally Wise, author, teacher and radio personality from Tasmania, brings us 100 new recipes with perfect timing to fire up the slow cooker as winter charges towards us. Wise knows her stuff, successfully demystifying less traditional […]

BOOK REVIEW: Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk

BOOK REVIEW: Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk

BOOK REVIEW: Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk Corgi Childrens May 2017 Paperback, $19.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell  Middle Grade / Historical 6/10     Set in 1925, among the Elizabeth Islands off Massachusetts, Beyond the Bright Sea is a look at identity, family, and the attempt to discover who you are when firm answers are […]

CD/DVD REVIEW: ULI JON ROTH – Tokyo Tapes Revisited

CD/DVD REVIEW: ULI JON ROTH – Tokyo Tapes Revisited

CD/DVD REVIEW: ULI JON ROTH – Tokyo Tapes Revisited UDR 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 1978’s Tokyo Tapes marked the end of Uli Jon Roth’s tenure with Scorpions after four ground-breaking studio albums in consecutive years, his guitar playing an enticing mixture of classical and progressive, taking the band from nobodys outside of Germany, […]

BOOK REVIEW: Charlotte and the Rock by Stephen W. Martin, illustrated by Samantha Cotterill

BOOK REVIEW: Charlotte and the Rock by Stephen W. Martin, illustrated by Samantha Cotterill

BOOK REVIEW: Charlotte and the Rock by Stephen W. Martin, illustrated by Samantha Cotterill Random House Australia April 2017 Hardcover, $19.99 Reviewed by Stephanie O’Connell Picture Book 8/10 The pet you want isn’t always the pet you get. When Charlotte asked her parents for a pet, a rock wasn’t exactly what she had in mind. […]

BOOK REVIEW: STRICT RULES: The iconic story of the tour that shaped Midnight Oil by Andrew McMillan

BOOK REVIEW: STRICT RULES: The iconic story of the tour that shaped Midnight Oil by Andrew McMillan

BOOK REVIEW: STRICT RULES: The iconic story of the tour that shaped Midnight Oil by Andrew McMillan Hachette Australia – rrp$24.99 February 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 Prior to touring the deep red heart of Australia with the Warumpi Band in 1986, Midnight Oil, Andrew McMillan claims, had little more understanding of the way […]

BOOK REVIEW: STAR WARS – The Visual Encyclopedia

BOOK REVIEW: STAR WARS – The Visual Encyclopedia

BOOK REVIEW: STAR WARS – The Visual Encyclopedia DK Australia – rrp$39.99 April 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 10/10 A sumptuous hard-cover book which does exactly what it says on the front: trawl through every aspect of the Star Wars universe in encyclopedic detail, analysing the physical composition and geography of planets, urban details and […]

BOOK REVIEW: Release by Patrick Ness

BOOK REVIEW: Release by Patrick Ness

BOOK REVIEW: Release by Patrick Ness Walker Books May 2017 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult 7/10 A startling and tender novel about how to let yourself love and set yourself free by Patrick Ness, the twice Carnegie Medal-winning author of A Monster Calls. Today will change Adam Thorn’s life. Between his religious […]

BOOK REVIEW: And Then You're Dead - A Scientific Exploration of the World's Most Interesting Ways to Die by Cody Cassidy & Paul Doherty

BOOK REVIEW: And Then You’re Dead – A Scientific Exploration of the World’s Most Interesting Ways to Die by Cody Cassidy & Paul Doherty

BOOK REVIEW: And Then You’re Dead – A Scientific Exploration of the World’s Most Interesting Ways to Die by Cody Cassidy & Paul Doherty Allen & Unwin May 2017 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Popular Science 9/10 What would happen if you stuck your head into a nuclear particle accelerator? What if you jumped into […]

BOOK REVIEW: Dear Mum, I Love You

BOOK REVIEW: Dear Mum, I Love You

BOOK REVIEW: Dear Mum, I Love You Scholastic Australia April 2017 Hardcover, $16.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Picture Book / Mother’s Day 8/10 ‘Dear Mum, Ever since I could walk, my favourite place in the whole wide world has been anywhere you are. I love you.’ Open the letters and lift the flaps to read […]

BOOK REVIEW: Me Too, Grandma! by Jane Chapman

BOOK REVIEW: Me Too, Grandma! by Jane Chapman

BOOK REVIEW: Me Too, Grandma! by Jane Chapman Koala Books April 2017 Hardcover, $27.99 / Paperback, $15.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Picture Book / Mother’s Day 9/10 Grandma has a surprise for Mo – a visit from his baby cousin, Bibi. But Mo soon feels a little jealous. Why does Bibi get all the tickles […]

BOOK REVIEW: The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey

BOOK REVIEW: The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey

BOOK REVIEW: The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey Orbit May 2017 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Speculative Fiction 8/10 Once upon a time, in a land blighted by terror, there was a very clever boy. The people thought the boy could save them, so they opened their gates and sent him out […]

BOOK REVIEW: Her Mother's Secret by Natasha Lester

BOOK REVIEW: Her Mother’s Secret by Natasha Lester

BOOK REVIEW: Her Mother’s Secret by Natasha Lester Hachette Australia March 2017 Softback, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Fiction/Modern & Contemporary Fiction 8.5/10 Her Mother’s Secret is a story about a strong female heroine, written by a woman for female readers. Natasha Lester, the author of the best-selling A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald, brings us another historical […]

BOOK REVIEW: Mummies are Lovely by Meredith Costain, illustrated by Polona Lovšin

BOOK REVIEW: Mummies are Lovely by Meredith Costain, illustrated by Polona Lovšin

BOOK REVIEW: Mummies are Lovely by Meredith Costain, illustrated by Polona Lovšin Koala Books April 2017 Hardcover, $16.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Picture Book / Mother’s Day 7/10 Mummies are magic, they kiss away troubles, find gold in the sunlight and rainbows in bubbles. A beautiful and heart-warming book about the special bond between mothers […]

BOOK REVIEW: The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy

BOOK REVIEW: The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy

BOOK REVIEW: The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy Little, Brown Book Group March 2017 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Biography/Literary Autobiography 9/10 The John Lennon lyric, “Life is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans” is applicable to Ariel Levy’s book, The Rules Do Not Apply. The New Yorker writer […]

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