BOOK REVIEW: ADAM HILLS – BEST FOOT FORWARD

  Adam Hills is the nicest guy in comedy. Thanks to his memoir, Best Foot Forward, he can also claim to be a “top bloke” in the world of publishing. In this book he reflects on both his personal life and his career, offering up lots of funny anecdotes and inspirational stories. As with his stand-up, it’s hard…

OPERA REVIEW: MADAME BUTTERFLY @ RIVERSIDE THEATRE PARRAMATTA

  Madame Butterfly is a timeless love story involving a beauty and a beastly character and Opera Australiaare currently staging a regional tour of the renowned Puccini’s opera. In doing so, they have made one of the world’s most famous operas accessible to a wider Australian audience thanks to a scaled-down, English language version. This production (with…

BOOK REVIEW: JAMELLE WELLS – THE COURT REPORTER

  For the majority of us who don’t work in jobs related to the criminal justice system or who haven’t chosen to become court watchers in our spare time, courtrooms can seem like an alien and impenetrable place. Jamelle Wells’ memoir, The Court Reporter looks set to change all that. This senior court reporter has had a…

BOOK REVIEW: EMILY POWER – HOW TO BUY A HOME – FROM DEBT TO DEPOSIT

  Home ownership has long been considered the great Australian dream. But when you’re a first home buyer that prospect can seem overwhelming and more akin to a nightmare. Domain Group magazines editor Emily Power has written a guide titled How to Buy a Home – From Debt to Deposit, which is designed to help and educate…

BOOK REVIEW: MICHAEL ATHERTON – A COVETED POSSESSION

  A Coveted Possession documents the popularity of the piano in Australia. Once a treasured member of the household, the piano fell out of favour once people became switched on to the likes of radio and television. Michael Atherton’s highly readable and intriguing book explores the rich cultural history behind this, at times, beloved instrument. Atherton, a professor,…

BOOK REVIEW: LAURA BATES- MISOGYNATION

We do not live in a bubble. Feminist author, advocate, and Everyday Sexism Project founder Laura Bates knows this all too well. In her third book, Misogynation – The True Scale of Sexism, she delivers a collection of provocative and smart essays analysing society’s big picture with respect to things like inequality, misogyny, and sexism….

BOOK REVIEW: NATASHA LESTER- THE PARIS SEAMSTRESS

  Natasha Lester’s previous two historic novels have starred strong female protagonists trailblazing away in a man’s world. The Paris Seamstress is essentially cut from the same cloth. This means that it should appeal to readers who enjoyed A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald and Her Mother’s Secret. The Paris Seamstress is ultimately an epic romantic saga and family drama that weaves…