BOOK REVIEW: LAURA BATES- MISOGYNATION

We do not live in a bubble. Feminist author, advocate, and Everyday Sexism Project founder Laura Bates knows this all too well. In her third book, Misogynation – The True Scale of Sexism, she delivers a collection of provocative and smart essays analysing society’s big picture with respect to things like inequality, misogyny, and sexism….

BOOK REVIEW: NATASHA LESTER- THE PARIS SEAMSTRESS

  Natasha Lester’s previous two historic novels have starred strong female protagonists trailblazing away in a man’s world. The Paris Seamstress is essentially cut from the same cloth. This means that it should appeal to readers who enjoyed A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald and Her Mother’s Secret. The Paris Seamstress is ultimately an epic romantic saga and family drama that weaves…

BOOK REVIEW: LISA GENOVA – EVERY NOTE PLAYED

  Some people’s experience with motor neurone disease or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is confined to their knowledge of the late Stephen Hawking. Others may also know about the late baseball player Lou Gehrig, former American football player Steve Gleason, or the ice bucket challenge that became popular online. Author and neuroscientist Lisa Genova has…

BOOK REVIEW: KATRINA LAWRENCE – PARIS DREAMING

  Some people dream of New York. Others find London calling. For Australian beauty editor and journalist Katrina Lawrence, Paris is all that, as she writes in a book that is part memoir, travelogue, beauty manifesto and history lesson. The result, Paris Dreaming, is a good idea in theory but it’s one that overreaches in terms…

BOOK REVIEW: SHELLEY DAVIDOW – SHADOW SISTERS

  Shelley Davidow is an author and academic who grew up in South Africa during the apartheid era. Davidow is white, and looking back she knows that during her formative years she experienced privilege and certain allowances due to her skin colour. This theme of race relations and how one family negotiated this oppressive arrangement 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: KITTY FLANAGAN – BRIDGE BURNING & OTHER HOBBIES

  Kitty Flanagan is an accomplished stand-up and regular on TV shows like Utopia and The Weekly With Charlie Pickering. She is a chronic over-thinker in the best possible way, and this is evident in her first book: Bridge Burning & Other Hobbies. A collection of funny anecdotes and personal stories, readers will find this book as relatable and enjoyable as her…

BOOK REVIEW: JEFF GOODELL – THE WATER WILL COME

  The idea of a modern-day Atlantis, or large coastal cities flooded by rising sea-levels sounds like the stuff of horror or science fiction films. Instead, The Water Will Come is a frightening, non-fiction book written by Rolling Stone contributing editor, Jeff Goodell. Goodell has written about climate change for over 15 years and is able to distill these complex…