BOOK REVIEW: LIONEL SHRIVER- PROPERTY- A COLLECTION

  Lionel Shriver is a renowned storyteller and the author of We Need to Talk about Kevin.She’s also a brilliant observer and one could argue that she missed her calling as a psychologist. As a writer, she has made some bold choices by exploring and making sense of the darker facets of the human psyche. She…

BOOK REVIEW: PAMELA DES BARRES – I’M WITH THE BAND

  Did you know Pamela Des Barres inspired the Penny Lane character in Almost Famous? Rock’s original groupie, Des Barres released her first-kiss-and-tell memoir I’m With the Band back in 1987. Earlier this year the book was re-released with additional chapters, and a new introduction by music journalist Roisin O’Connor. The result is one warm and rollicking read, and is as much fun…

BOOK REVIEW: ASNE SEIERSTAD – TWO SISTERS

  Åsne Seierstad is no stranger to writing about war and conflict. The Norwegian journalist is the best-selling author of The Bookseller of Kabul and has also penned Angel of Grozny: Inside Chechnya and One of Us. The Story of Anders Breivik and the Massacre in Norway. In Two Sisters, Seierstad writes a thrilling piece of literary non-fiction about a pair of Somali-Norwegian…

BOOK REVIEW: DAVID WALLIAMS – THE WORLD’S WORST CHILDREN 3

  The President of the United States dubbed it the “Greatest book ever written.” Well, that’s if you believe the joke. This title – which is crammed full of hilarious gags and will appeal to both youngsters and grown-ups – is The World’s Worst Children 3 by David Walliams. This book proves that the popular comedian-turned-children’s author…

BOOK REVIEW: MIRANDA HART- THE GIRL WITH THE LOST SMILE

  As much as we’d love our lives to be one big festival of happiness, the reality is that we all have periods of sadness. UK comedian, Miranda Hart certainly knows this. She has used her own depressive episode as the inspiration for her debut children’s book, The Girl with the Lost Smile. The story is a…

BOOK REVIEW: LIZ ELLIS – IF AT FIRST YOU DON’T CONCEIVE

  After retiring from her professional netball career, Liz Ellis and her husband Matt found themselves among the one in six couples in Australia and New Zealand who were struggling to conceive. Liz and Matt had secondary infertility which meant that, even though they had the one child, they struggled to conceive their second one…

BOOK REVIEW: JACKIE FRENCH – THE LILY & THE ROSE

Beloved Australian author, Jackie French is a firm believer in the idea that history explains why our world is the way it is. She has written hundreds of books before, but it was her research for A Rose for the Anzac Boys that inspired her to write her latest historical fiction trilogy. The Lily and the Rose is the…

BOOK REVIEW: JAMES O’LOGHLIN- THE NEW KID: UNPOPULAR ME

  We all know what it’s like to be the new person, whether it’s starting a new job or going to a different school. It is this fish-out-of-water scenario that serves as the premise for James O’Loghlin’s new book. The New Kid: Unpopular Me is a novel aimed at kids aged eight and over. It’s an absolute…

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…