BOOK REVIEW: NICKY PELLEGRINO – A YEAR AT HOTEL GONDOLA

  They say you’ve never been to Venice until you’ve gotten lost there. Nicky Pellegrino’s breezy romance novel does offer some opportunities to do just that. She captures the real Venice – from the hustle and bustle of the tourist hotspots to the places the locals love. A Year at Hotel Gondola is the tenth novel from…

THEATRE REVIEW: CANDIDE @ SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE

Photo credit: Grant Leslie For years people have been perplexed by Leonard Bernstein’s Candide. Is it an operetta? A comedy? Musical theatre? A little of all of the above? Perhaps the safest description is that of “comic operetta,” where the draw-card is some dynamic and electric music. Mitchell Butel directs this latest production, which coincides with what would have been Bernstein’s…

BOOK REVIEW: HARRY COOK – PINK INK

When actor and activist Harry Cook migrated to Australia at the age of ten homosexuality had only been recently decriminalised. A few years later he would struggle with coming-out to his parents. He says acceptance was hard, because there weren’t many queer-positive stories around at the time (in fact, homophobic propaganda was rife during the AIDs and…

BOOK REVIEW: DAVE ITZKOFF – ROBIN

  Robin Williams was a contradictory star. He had a larger-than-life stage persona even though he was an introvert at heart. A hilarious man who could improvise with lightning-fast speed, he was also wracked by depression and addiction. Robin is the first biography about this late, great genius and while it covers a lot of territory, you…

THEATRE REVIEW: FUNNY GIRL @ RIVERSIDE THEATRE

  The film Funny Girl is celebrating its golden anniversary but this story feels so young and vital it could have been made yesterday. Theatre & Co. present their version of Funny Girl at Parramatta’s Riverside Theatre. It’s something often associated with Barbra Streisand because it once catapulted her to fame. These are some big shoes to fill but – thanks…

BOOK REVIEW: PAMELA HART – THE DESERT NURSE

  Pamela Hart takes a leaf out of Natasha Lester’s book in her latest novel, The Desert Nurse. Hart once again sets her story during World War I and has a strong, female protagonist at the centre of the proceedings. The result is a pleasant and engaging romance about two unlikely and reluctant lovers. To read the…

BOOK REVIEW: CAROL VORDEMAN – COMPUTER CODING PYTHON GAMES FOR KIDS

  Tomorrow’s programmers are getting a head-start today with the release of various coding books aimed specifically at kids. For those people who think Python is just a snake, the book, Computer Coding Python Games for Kids will prove to be a great and useful tool. It gives step-by-step instructions to programming where complex concepts are taught…