BOOK REVIEW: MEREDITH JAFFE – THE MAKING OF CHRISTINA

  In her debut novel The Fence, Meredith Jaffé crafted a domestic drama about two feuding neighbours and a story that could have featured on a nightly current affairs show. Her second novel, The Making of Christina is also a family-based drama. But here, she ups the ante and explores some darker themes like abuse. Jaffé should be commended…

BOOK REVIEW: MARTIN HANDFORD- WHERE’S WALLY? THE TOTALLY TERRIFIC TIN

Where’s Wally? The Totally Terrific Tin packages together the first three Where’s Wally? books. For Australian readers, Wally was the much-loved but elusive travelling man who was created by Martin Handford. Wally was mostly hidden in complex, crowd scenes in a series of different picture books. This tin seems like a nice little keepsake, and handy for travelling,…

BOOK REVIEW: JANE RAY – CINDERELLA

We are all familiar with the classic fairy-tale, Cinderella. It’s one that has been told in countless books and films. English illustrator and children’s author, Jane Ray retells this story in a beautiful, three-dimensional picture book that ultimately offers young readers a lot to marvel at and enjoy.   To read the rest of this review please…

BOOK REVIEW: CAROLE WILKINSON & LIZ ANELLI – OUR STORIES- TEN POUND POM

Australia is a country that is made up of many immigrants. Their stories are celebrated in our immigration museums and in special monuments like the Welcome Wall in Sydney, which immortalises the names of some individuals on a bronze plate. Australian author, Carole Wilkinson shares her own story of being a Ten Pound Pom in…

BOOK REVIEW: MARTIN HANDFORD: WHERE’S WALLY? DESTINATION: EVERYWHERE!

  For 30 years the bespectacled, intrepid world and time traveller known to Australian readers as Wally has entertained children and adults alike. British author and illustrator, Martin Handford has created incredibly detailed and complex hidden picture books where Wally and a host of his friends hide in the crowd scenes. The latest book, Where’s Wally:…

BOOK REVIEW: NOELINE BROWN – LIVING THE 1960S

The National Library of Australia’s publishers have managed to turn back time with their latest book, Living The 1960s. In the book, Australian actress and comedian, Noeline Brown takes us all for a stroll down memory lane through an important decade in her life, and in the lives of her contemporaries. Living the 1960s is a fun slice of nostalgia and…

BOOK REVIEW: TIM ROGERS – DETOURS

As any self-respecting You Am I fan knows, Tim Rogers can spin a yarn or ten. What they may not realise is that this legendary songwriter, artist, and musician has also achieved this in a book format, without the need for a guitar, mic-stand or a drink. Okay, maybe he did need the latter. His debut memoir, Detours, is a fabulous…

BOOK REVIEW: ROSANNA LEY – THE LITTLE THEATRE BY THE SEA

  On paper, a book like The Little Theatre by the Sea has the ingredients for a fabulous, summer read. It has an interesting-enough premise, it’s set in a fine, exotic location and it’s by the best-selling author of The Villa and The Saffron Trail. The end product, however, is like a pleasant but not particularly memorable holiday because you may…