BOOK REVIEW: ROBERT WAINWRIGHT – MISS MURIEL MATTERS

  Muriel Matters is a name we should all know but probably don’t. She was an inspiring woman, activist, and social re-former who played a vital role in the suffrage movement. Journalist and author Robert Wainwright has penned her biography, Miss Muriel Matters, and it’s a book that should restore Muriel’s name to the history books…

BOOK REVIEW: JOHN SAFRAN – DEPENDS WHAT YOU MEAN BY EXTREMIST

  John Safran channelled the late Truman Capote for his true crime debut, Murder in Mississippi. For his follow-up, the TV documentarian and prankster takes a leaf from Louis Theroux by casually observing and telling the stories of some extraordinary individuals. In Safran’s case these people are extreme characters like evangelical Christians, anarchists, nationalists, Islamic converts and…

BOOK REVIEW: NATASHA LESTER – HER MOTHER’S SECRET

  Her Mother’s Secret is a story about a strong female heroine, written by a woman for female readers. Natasha Lester, the author of the best-selling A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald, brings us another historical fiction novel, once again telling the story of female protagonist making good in the man’s world, set in New York City in…

BOOK REVIEW: JOYCE MORGAN – MARTIN SHARP – HIS LIFE & TIMES

  If you don’t know the name Martin Sharp it’s still likely you’ll be familiar with his artworks. The Australian artist was responsible for designing the covers of Cream’s two studio albums, was the co-founder and principal cartoonist at Oz magazine and produced famous posters of Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix and more. Martin Sharp –…

BOOK REVIEW: ARIEL LEVY – THE RULES DO NOT APPLY

  The John Lennon lyric, “Life is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans” is applicable to Ariel Levy’s book, The Rules Do Not Apply. The New Yorker writer has penned a memoir about her life and when she had a fleeting glimpse of having it all before tragedy hit. This is…

BOOK REVIEW: SARAH SCHMIDT – SEE WHAT I HAVE DONE

See What I Have Done adds a unique perspective to a famous unsolved murder case and, while it is intriguing, it is let down by some issues with its structure and characterisation. Regardless of this, it will no doubt appeal to some readers as it gives a new take on the case but allows them to…

BOOK REVIEW: CATHERINE FOX – STOP FIXING WOMEN

  For years society’s “fingers” have been squarely pointed at women. We’ve been told what to do, what to avoid, to lean in, speak up, support each other and back ourselves. But has this information – which is sometimes contradictory – actually helped achieve anything? The gender pay gap remains largely unchanged and the percentage…

BOOK REVIEW: CLEMENTINE FORD – FIGHT LIKE A GIRL

  Clementine Ford’s latest book Fight Like A Girl packs punches in the best possible way. The feminist commentator has penned a volume that is like a personal polemic; one that is not dissimilar to the work of Lindy West, Caitlin Moran, Tara Moss et al. Fight Like A Girl then, is another important and welcome addition to the…

BOOK REVIEW: TEA COOPER – THE CURRENCY LASS

  The Currency Lass is a dramatic story about a young woman who runs away to join the circus. The eponymous character is Catherine Cottingham, an independent young woman who is orphaned on the verge of her 21st birthday. Her philanthropist father has passed away and left her riddled with a saddlebag of debt. This…

BOOK REVIEW: NEIL MCDONALD WITH PETER BRUNE – VALIANT FOR TRUTH – THE LIFE OF CHESTER WILMOT, WAR CORRESPONDENT

  Valiant for Truth is the first complete biography of Australian war correspondent, Reginald William Winchester (“Chester”) Wilmot. It’s a meticulously-researched and comprehensive look at Wilmot’s life. It covers his studies in Melbourne through to his passage into the world of journalism as well as the important stories he covered during the Second World War before his…

BOOK REVIEW: KIRSTEN GROVE – SIMPLY STYLING

  Simply Styling is the first book by stylist, interior designer and editor of the Simply Grove blog, Kirsten Grove. The blog was started in 2008 by the self-taught designer and allows people to come together and view some stylish, interior design eye-candy. Simply Styling is a logical extension of the blog, in which Grove…

BOOK REVIEW: LINDY WEST – SHRILL – NOTES FROM A LOUD WOMAN

  Lindy West was one of the highlights from this year’s All About Women festival at the Sydney Opera House. So it is unsurprising that this Guardian columnist and Jezebel blogger’s book, Shrill – Notes From A Loud Woman is funny, accomplished and excellent. West’s book is ultimately a hybrid between memoir, with personal anecdotes,…