BOOK REVIEW: ADAM COURTENAY – THE SHIP THAT NEVER WAS

  James Porter was a convict who once had two choices: a) toe the line and eventually be released or b) escape prison. In Adam Courtenay’s The Ship That Never Was we learn about how Porter took option number two. Courtenay’s tome is an engaging look at history that leaves readers overjoyed and scratching their heads at…

BOOK REVIEW: MARA ALTMAN

  Gross Anatomy could have been titled ‘Embarrassing body’ or ‘The Woman Stripped Bare’ because this memoir is about one writer’s curious relationship with her body. In a world where air-brushed photographs and unrealistic beauty standards proliferate, Mara Altman has taken the opposite road. In her book, her messages are of body positivity, inclusivity, and normalising…

BOOK REVIEW: SARAH VAUGHAN – ANATOMY OF A SCANDAL

  He’s a well-respected man around London town. Or is he? In Sarah Vaughan’s third novel she examines a rape trial involving a charming, family man who works as a Tory politician. The result is a well-written and timely look at betrayal, power, and passion. To read the rest of this review please visit: https://100percentrock.com/book-reviews/201902/248523

BOOK REVIEW: PARKER POSEY – YOU’RE ON AN AIRPLANE

  Parker Posey puts the ‘me’ into memoir. In her debut book, You’re on an Airplane, the indie actress uses the conceit that she and the reader are sitting side-by-side on a flight. It’s a novel and interesting idea in theory, but in practice this makes for one self-absorbed and disorienting tale. To read the rest of…

BOOK REVIEW: ROBERT IAN BONNICK – SOUL SURVIVOR

  Robert Ian Bonnick is a warrior. This successful man has had a career that most people could only dream of. But, what some of us may not know is that he had to overcome extreme adversity and challenges in order to get there. In his debut book, Soul Survivor, he describes his own personal rags-to-riches tale and…

BOOK REVIEW: VARIOUS- FREEMAN’S THE BEST NEW WRITING ON POWER

  Power is a fundamental thing. A lack of it can render someone a wretched husk, and too much of it can make people go drunk and blind. Writer and editor, John Freeman knows all this, because he chose it as the topic for the latest instalment of Freeman’s Best New Writing; the anthology that includes exciting long-form literary…

BOOK REVIEW: HARRY COOK – PINK INK

Twenty-seven seems like it’s a bit young to write a memoir. But actor and LGBTQI activist Harry Cook has crammed quite a few things into his professional and personal life to date. Pink Ink is a chronicle of all of this, because, at its heart, it is a collection of Cook’s own stories and anecdotes. This is…

BOOK REVIEW: JANE HARPER – THE LOST MAN

  Jane Harper created a literary storm with the release of her debut thriller, The Dry. In her third novel, The Lost Man, Harper continues her masterful storytelling. You get the sense that she is like an astute calligrapher because all the “I’s” are dotted and the “T’s” crossed. The ending is also a satisfying one, similar to a…

BOOK REVIEW: JACQUELINE RAPOSO – THE ME WITHOUT

  In 2005 Nigel Marsh wrote Fat, Forty & Fired about his year embracing life away from the office. In some ways, Jacqueline Raposo’s The Me, Without: My Year on an Elimination Diet of Modern Conveniences is cut from the same cloth. Raposo’s book is both memoir and a case study into her failed life at the age thirty four, when she…

BOOK REVIEW: PETER SPEARITT – WHERE HISTORY HAPPENED

He loves a sunburnt country; a land of sweeping plains. Okay, that was actually Dorothea Mackellar. But the same also applies to Peter Spearritt. This historian, emeritus professor and author shows a real enthusiasm for the wonderful land of Oz in Where History Happened: The Hidden Past of Australia’s Towns & Places.This is one personal, colourful and quirky book. As…