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: 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…

FILM REVIEW: LAS SANDINISTAS!

  The original Sandinistas (AKA the Sandinista National Liberation Front) were a group with the odds stacked against them. By their own admission, they were a bunch of “Poorly armed kids.” But they successfully overthrew the Nicaraguan president in 1979. A large number of the Sandinistas were women. Society had expected these women would marry…

BOOK REVIEW: HEATH O’LOUGHLIN – SONS OF GOD

Consider the famous trope, “I would love to tell you, but then, of course I’d have to kill you” made famous by the likes of Top Gun, American Psycho and Sherlock, to name a few. You get the sense that this is also applicable when you read the true crime title, Sons of God – Inside the Secret World of…

BOOK REVIEW: MARCIA WILLIAMS – THREE CHEERS FOR WOMEN!

  Hip hip hooray. In Marcia Williams’ latest picture book she offers up lots of joyful jubilation for over 70 famous women from history. This book is a fine idea that is rendered in a bright and vivacious comic book style. This style will appeal to some readers but others might find it a tad…

BOOK REVIEW: GORDON BASS – THE LAST GREAT AUSTRALIAN ADVENTURER

  The name Ben Carlin may not mean much to some people, but American author, Gordon Bass is trying to rectify that. Bass has penned a biography called, The Last Great Australian Adventurer that chronicles the life of this world-record holding explorer. Carlin circumnavigated the world in an amphibious jeep in an arduous journey that took him…

FILM REVIEW: SWEET COUNTRY

  Man on the run. Sweet Country is based on the true, Australian story about a point in history where justice was put on trial. For this reason, it has echoes of To Kill A Mockingbird except that here, Atticus Finch isn’t a lawyer but a preacher played by Sam Neill. The result is a shockingly brutal and important film. This…

BOOK REVIEW: EDITED BY LINDA PICONE – QUOTES FOR NASTY WOMEN

  When Donald Trump called Hillary Clinton “such a nasty woman” during the last political debate in 2016, he was trying to demean his fellow presidential candidate. But some women decided to adopt this phrase as a badge of honour and reclaim it as a tool for empowerment. This is the perspective that the book, Quotes…

FILM REVIEW: THE POST

  These days the words, “The Post” are more likely to get you thinking about a blog then a newspaper. In fact, Steven Spielberg’s latest film, The Post is all about history and a bygone era in print journalism. It’s a historic thriller and bio-pic that looks at how The Washington Post handled the decision to cover the Pentagon Papers. The…

FILM REVIEW: DARKEST HOUR

  Winston Churchill was a leading writer and orator. So it should come as no surprise that Darkest Hour, a new biopic about the British leader sees the usual guns and weaponry synonymous with wartime films replaced with words, glorious words. While the story is not the most necessary one (as it has been told countless times before…