BOOK REVIEW: PAUL DOLAN – HAPPY EVER AFTER

  I’ll have what she’s having. Or will I? When it comes to “Happy Ever After” many of us believe we all want the same things. But Paul Dolan’s latest book challenges us to think otherwise. He does this with some myth-busting and some clear-eyed, intellectual arguments. Paul Dolan is known as a happiness expert. He’s a…

BOOK REVIEW: MELINA MARCHETTA – THE PLACE ON DALHOUSIE

  Some people read books to escape their lives. For other readers, they want to consume a story that mirrors their own. Author, Melina Marchetta certainly fits into the latter camp. Her latest novel – the third in her Inner West trilogy, set in the suburbs of Sydney – is a close examination of the sorts of…

BOOK REVIEW: JANET MALCOLM – NOBODY’S LOOKING AT YOU

  If there were a title for Grand Master of narrative fiction then the undisputed champion would be Janet Malcolm. This American author has been writing since the 1960’s when she first began with The New Yorker. The author of several books, her latest one, Nobody’s Looking At You, focuses on recent times by drawing together an eclectic collection of her…

INTERVIEW: MELINA MARCHETTA

  Melina Marchetta’s novels are often about the boy or girl who lives next door. Her book, Looking for Alibrandi, was a perfect example of this and continues to find new audiences, some thirty years after it was released. Marchetta’s latest novel, The Place on Dalhousie, takes a leaf out of her previous works by reprising some characters from Saving Francesca and The…

BOOK REVIEW: ROBERT WHEELER- HEMINGWAY’S HAVANA

  The acclaimed author Ernest Hemingway has been the subject of many books. The famous writer has inspired so many words that the world probably doesn’t need anything more written about him. But Hemingway’s Havana takes a unique approach because photographs are used to evoke the legend’s spirit and time spent in Cuba. The result…

BOOK REVIEW: HELEN SABERI – TEATIMES- A WORLD TOUR

  Tea is one of the world’s most popular drinks. It also one of the most versatile as Helen Saberi’s Teatimes: A World Tour proves. The book is a delightful and colourful romp through time and around the world to celebrate all things Camellia Sinensis. This volume proves that there is so much more to tea than…

BOOK REVIEW: SCARLETT CURTIS – FEMINIST’S DON’T WEAR PINK- AND OTHER LIES

  When writer and journalist Scarlett Curtis was told feminists don’t wear pink she was undeterred. In fact, she decided to challenge this thinking head-on. The result, Feminists Don’t Wear Pink & Other Lies, is an anthology in which 52 inspiring women describe what feminism means to them. The collection is complicated and multi-faceted and proves that…

BOOK REVIEW: ANNE T. DONAHUE – NOBODY CARES

  Anne T. Donahue’s debut book, Nobody Cares is missing a suffix. It should clarify that people don’t care “About the small stuff.” We all know that everyone cares about some things, that’s a given. This young, Canadian author is asking readers to reconsider how we think. To do this, she offers up her personal essays and…