BOOK REVIEW: KATRINA LAWRENCE – PARIS DREAMING

  Some people dream of New York. Others find London calling. For Australian beauty editor and journalist Katrina Lawrence, Paris is all that, as she writes in a book that is part memoir, travelogue, beauty manifesto and history lesson. The result, Paris Dreaming, is a good idea in theory but it’s one that overreaches in terms…

BOOK REVIEW: SHELLEY DAVIDOW – SHADOW SISTERS

  Shelley Davidow is an author and academic who grew up in South Africa during the apartheid era. Davidow is white, and looking back she knows that during her formative years she experienced privilege and certain allowances due to her skin colour. This theme of race relations and how one family negotiated this oppressive arrangement is…

BOOK REVIEW: DAVID CRYSTAL – SOUNDS APPEALING

  When you stop and think about pronunciation it’s very easy to break into a verse of “You sing potato and I sing potahto.” The academic, linguist, author and broadcaster, David Crystal certainly appreciates this. He has after all released the informative and scholarly guide: Sounds Appealing: The Passionate Story of English Pronunciation. Over the years Crystal has…

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…