BOOK REVIEW: SANDER L. GILMAN – STAND UP STRAIGHT! A HISTORY OF POSTURE

  Sander L. Gilman has become an authority on the human body. The professor has written and edited over 90 books, including ones that examined our attitudes towards obesity and cosmetic surgery. Stand Up Straight! A History of Posture does what it says on the tin and covers elements of anthropology, medicine, theology and culture. It is…

BOOK REVIEW: DAVID CRYSTAL – SOUNDS APPEALING

  When you stop and think about pronunciation it’s very easy to break into a verse of “You sing potato and I sing potahto.” The academic, linguist, author and broadcaster, David Crystal certainly appreciates this. He has after all released the informative and scholarly guide: Sounds Appealing: The Passionate Story of English Pronunciation. Over the years Crystal has…

BOOK REVIEW: MARIANO SIGMAN – THE SECRET LIFE OF THE MIND

  In many respects, the brain is a black box to us. It is a mysterious organ that is charge of how we perceive, reason and communicate as well as our feelings and dreams. But how does it do all of this? Mariano Sigman draws on two decades of research and practice for his book, The…

BOOK REVIEW: MCSWEENEY’S ISSUE 50- EDITED BY DAVE EGGERS

  The McSweeney’s literary journal should come with a disclaimer like: “Expect the unexpected.” This quirky, quarterly journal is celebrating a milestone with its 50th edition. For the past 20 years this volume – which was founded by American author Dave Eggers (A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius) – has published new and edgy writers alongside established…

BOOK REVIEW: DR NICK FULLER – INTERVAL WEIGHT LOSS

The world is dieting itself fat. This is an assertion that obesity researcher, Dr Nick Fuller, makes in his book, Interval Weight Loss – How to Trick Your Body into Losing Weight the Scientific Way – One Month at a Time. Dr Fuller has worked with hundreds of patients over the years at Sydney University and he…

BOOK REVIEW: ROXANE GAY – HUNGER – A MEMOIR OF (MY) BODY

  There aren’t many books that manage to completely disarm the reader. But Hunger – A Memoir of (My) Body isn’t like most books. Roxane Gay’s memoir about her body and how it is treated by today’s society as well as the trauma she sustained as a child makes for one searing and intense read.   To…

TALKS: THE 14 THINGS WE LEARNED AT TEDX YOUTH SYDNEY

  TEDx is a forum that is all about “Ideas worth spreading.” In 2017 TEDxYouth Sydney was launched as its own unique event and showcased the talents of many young people. We put together the top 14 things we learned at TEDxYouth Sydney: 1. Sixteen year old inventor Macinley Butson is an inspirational young woman. She has…

BOOK REVIEW: LUKE DEVENISH – THE SECRET HEIRESS

  The Secret Heiress is a rich, historic fiction book set in Castlemaine, Australia in 1886 and 1903. The novel is by screenwriter, playwright, author and academic, Luke Devenish. The latter is no stranger to writing about history as his two previous books were set in Ancient Rome. His latest offering is a rather mysterious…

BOOK REVIEW: JODI PICOULT – LEAVING TIME

  Leaving Time is the 22nd novel from best-selling author, Jodi Picoult. It also doesn’t waste a moment in hooking you into the story. The book is a suspenseful mystery told from the perspectives of four different characters and is a well-crafted and clever look at grief, loss, love and friendship that occasionally requires a…