BOOK REVIEW: #MeToo- Stories from the Australian movement

  In October 2017 when the hashtag #MeToo went viral, a lot of the popularity was chalked up to some rich, white celebrities speaking out. What these media reports failed to acknowledge however was that the movement’s true founder was Tarana Burke. The anthology, #MeToo- Stories from the Australian Movementis great because it broadens #MeToo’s scope….

BOOK REVIEW: JOCELYN MOORHOUSE- UNCONDITIONAL LOVE

  Jocelyn Moorhouse knows how to spin a great yarn. The Dressmaker director has had a rich career in film and this forms part of her memoir, Unconditional Love. This book looks at her brilliant career, including her collaborations with filmmaker husband, PJ Hogan (Muriel’s Wedding). But Moorhouse’s most intriguing chapters are about her experiences with motherhood. In Unconditional Love, Moorhouse essentially writes love…

BOOK REVIEW: PAUL DOLAN – HAPPY EVER AFTER

  I’ll have what she’s having. Or will I? When it comes to “Happy Ever After” many of us believe we all want the same things. But Paul Dolan’s latest book challenges us to think otherwise. He does this with some myth-busting and some clear-eyed, intellectual arguments. Paul Dolan is known as a happiness expert. He’s a…

BOOK REVIEW: MELINA MARCHETTA – THE PLACE ON DALHOUSIE

  Some people read books to escape their lives. For other readers, they want to consume a story that mirrors their own. Author, Melina Marchetta certainly fits into the latter camp. Her latest novel – the third in her Inner West trilogy, set in the suburbs of Sydney – is a close examination of the sorts of…

BOOK REVIEW: JANET MALCOLM – NOBODY’S LOOKING AT YOU

  If there were a title for Grand Master of narrative fiction then the undisputed champion would be Janet Malcolm. This American author has been writing since the 1960’s when she first began with The New Yorker. The author of several books, her latest one, Nobody’s Looking At You, focuses on recent times by drawing together an eclectic collection of her…

BOOK REVIEW: ROBERT WHEELER- HEMINGWAY’S HAVANA

  The acclaimed author Ernest Hemingway has been the subject of many books. The famous writer has inspired so many words that the world probably doesn’t need anything more written about him. But Hemingway’s Havana takes a unique approach because photographs are used to evoke the legend’s spirit and time spent in Cuba. The result…

BOOK REVIEW: HELEN SABERI – TEATIMES- A WORLD TOUR

  Tea is one of the world’s most popular drinks. It also one of the most versatile as Helen Saberi’s Teatimes: A World Tour proves. The book is a delightful and colourful romp through time and around the world to celebrate all things Camellia Sinensis. This volume proves that there is so much more to tea than…

BOOK REVIEW: SCARLETT CURTIS – FEMINIST’S DON’T WEAR PINK- AND OTHER LIES

  When writer and journalist Scarlett Curtis was told feminists don’t wear pink she was undeterred. In fact, she decided to challenge this thinking head-on. The result, Feminists Don’t Wear Pink & Other Lies, is an anthology in which 52 inspiring women describe what feminism means to them. The collection is complicated and multi-faceted and proves that…

BOOK REVIEW: ANNE T. DONAHUE – NOBODY CARES

  Anne T. Donahue’s debut book, Nobody Cares is missing a suffix. It should clarify that people don’t care “About the small stuff.” We all know that everyone cares about some things, that’s a given. This young, Canadian author is asking readers to reconsider how we think. To do this, she offers up her personal essays and…