BOOK REVIEW: SOPHIA NASH – WHISPERING IN FRENCH

  At university, a friend casually observed that those studying psychology tended to be people who seemed the most neurotic personalities themselves. The same rings true for the main protagonist in the novel, Whispering in French. Kate Hamilton is a French-American therapist who is trained to help her clients through their problems, but her own life is…

BOOK REVIEW: KERRI-ANNE KENNERLEY- A BOLD LIFE

  Kerri-Anne Kennerley is a blonde bombshell and the Queen of Australian TV. She has lived a rich and charmed life as she describes in her autobiography, A Bold Life. The book is ultimately a pleasant and rollicking little read, and it drips with optimism as she takes readers on a behind-the-scenes journey through the highs, lows,…

BOOK REVIEW: CHRISTOPHER PAYNE PHD & ROB BARNETT – THE ECONOMISTS’ DIET

  The Economists’ Diet was written by two men who practice what they preach. Christopher Payne PhD and Rob Barnett are two formerly obese economists. They discovered and formulated some principles for weight-loss and diet and this resulted in their shedding the excess weight and keeping it off for several years. Their book is ultimately a…

BOOK REVIEW: GORDON BASS – THE LAST GREAT AUSTRALIAN ADVENTURER

  The name Ben Carlin may not mean much to some people, but American author, Gordon Bass is trying to rectify that. Bass has penned a biography called, The Last Great Australian Adventurer that chronicles the life of this world-record holding explorer. Carlin circumnavigated the world in an amphibious jeep in an arduous journey that took him…

BOOK REVIEW: WARREN MUNDINE- IN BLACK + WHITE

If anyone knows the definition of the word “tough” then it’s Warren Mundine. This businessman and advisor to five Australian Prime Minsters grew up in poverty in Grafton. He faced racism and discrimination but he was also buoyed by the success of boxer, Lionel Rose. Mundine managed to rise above all of this and become a leading…

BOOK REVIEW: MCSWEENEY’S ISSUE 50- EDITED BY DAVE EGGERS

  The McSweeney’s literary journal should come with a disclaimer like: “Expect the unexpected.” This quirky, quarterly journal is celebrating a milestone with its 50th edition. For the past 20 years this volume – which was founded by American author Dave Eggers (A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius) – has published new and edgy writers alongside established…

FILM REVIEW: SWEET COUNTRY

  Man on the run. Sweet Country is based on the true, Australian story about a point in history where justice was put on trial. For this reason, it has echoes of To Kill A Mockingbird except that here, Atticus Finch isn’t a lawyer but a preacher played by Sam Neill. The result is a shockingly brutal and important film. This…

BOOK REVIEW: EDITED BY LINDA PICONE – QUOTES FOR NASTY WOMEN

  When Donald Trump called Hillary Clinton “such a nasty woman” during the last political debate in 2016, he was trying to demean his fellow presidential candidate. But some women decided to adopt this phrase as a badge of honour and reclaim it as a tool for empowerment. This is the perspective that the book, Quotes…

LIVE REVIEW: 16 LOVERS LANE @ STATE THEATRE

  This year marks the 30th anniversary of The Go-Betweens’ 16 Lovers Lane. Three former members of the band played a special tribute at the State Theatre for Sydney Festival. And rather than dive for the group’s memory, the artists rose up and soared in a sea of nostalgia while supported by a cast of contemporaries and youngsters….