BOOK REVIEW: CHRISTOPHER LAWRENCE – SYMPHONY OF SEDUCTION

  These days our tabloid magazines are obsessed with the love lives of the rich and the famous; but have you ever wondered what these stories would look like if the subjects were famous composers from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries? ABC broadcaster Christopher Lawrence has the answer along with a dash of poetic licence…

BOOK REVIEW: SUSIE ELELMAN – STILL HALF MY SIZE

Susie Elelman is a much-loved Australian media personality who has appeared on daytime television and radio for several decades. She has also waged a rather public battle with her weight and those experiences shaped her first book, Half My Size released in 2005. Now in 2018, Elelman follows-up that title with another self-help book, Still Half My Size, where she…

BOOK REVIEW: DAVID ADAM – THE GENIUS WITHIN

  A lot of us are now aware that the brain is plastic and has the ability to change and adapt. A new area of neuroscience that looks to take advantage of this phenomena is  cognitive enhancement. This is a field that sees individuals alter the way their brain and mind works in order to…

BOOK REVIEW: DAVID SEDARIS – THEFT BY FINDING DIARIES 1977-2002

Reading someone’s diary is an intimate, voyeuristic experience. This is even more apparent in the case of author, humourist, and professional people-watcher, David Sedaris’ diaries. Theft by Finding – Diaries: Volume One is named after something an Englishwoman told Sedaris where finding money on the street and pocketing it without searching for its rightful owner is called,…

BOOK REVIEW: DANIEL H. PINK – WHEN

  There are some people who believe that timing is everything. American author and speaker, Daniel H. Pink is someone who appreciates the importance of timing, as he describes in his new book – When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing. Pink believes that timing is not an art but a science, and has created a highly accessible volume…

BOOK REVIEW: CHRIS GUILLEBEAU – SIDE HUSTLE – FROM IDEA TO INCOME IN 27 DAYS

  If anyone was qualified to write books on the successful start-up or side hustle then it’s American entrepreneur, Chris Guillebeau. This guy is the ultimate slashie who has already accumulated a lifetime’s experience as a self-employed businessman, writer, and traveller even though he’s not yet 40. Side Hustle – Build a Side Business and Earn…

BOOK REVIEW: DAVID GILLESPIE – TAMING TOXIC PEOPLE

  There is a high possibility that you either know or have encountered a psychopath. These un-empathetic, toxic individuals are reported to make up between 5% and 10% of the population, and as many as 20% of corporate leaders. Not all of these people are criminals or prisoners, many are high-functioning and successful people you…

BOOK REVIEW: BETOOTA’S AUSTRALIA

  When you’re a kid from a small, country town, the prospect of leaving home and moving to the big smoke can be scary. The guys from The Betoota Advocate know all about this so they’ve written Betoota’s Australia – A Guide to the Great Southern Land by Australia’s Oldest Newspaper (although in truth, it’s actually by…

BOOK REVIEW: GRETCHEN RUBIN – THE FOUR TENDENCIES

  Many of us will be familiar with the idiom, “Different strokes for different folks.” While this quote could mean that people are varied and enjoy different things, it can also be used to justify people’s diverse habits and motivations. Gretchen Rubin is a habits expert who has developed a new framework for identifying and…

BOOK REVIEW: JANE BULL – THE BEST EVER BAKING BOOK

  The Best Ever Baking Book could also be called, “My First Ever Baking Book.” This colourful volume is written by Jane Ball who has penned numerous children’s books about crafts, cooking and activities, all of which make a good resource over the school holiday break. In this vibrant hardcover, she introduces youngsters to the world…