FILM REVIEW: MARTHA: A PICTURE STORY

  They say if you do something you love, you’ll never work a day in your life. American photographer, Martha Cooper fits this to a tee. She has had a long and storied career capturing some fine images of urban landscapes, and changing towns and communities. Martha: A Picture Story is like a love letter to this accomplished septuagenarian….

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: MARA ALTMAN

  Gross Anatomy could have been titled ‘Embarrassing body’ or ‘The Woman Stripped Bare’ because this memoir is about one writer’s curious relationship with her body. In a world where air-brushed photographs and unrealistic beauty standards proliferate, Mara Altman has taken the opposite road. In her book, her messages are of body positivity, inclusivity, and normalising…

BOOK REVIEW: RACHEL CASSIDY – STALKED – THE HUMAN TARGET

  Rachel Cassidy has inadvertently become an authority on stalking. The CEO of the Anti-bullying Council and charity worker was once stalked. So she decided to write a book to shine a light on these issues to ensure that victims might not feel alone. Cassidy thus proves that the victims of this crime are not always…

BOOK REVIEW: HELEN PITT – THE HOUSE

  “Our house is a very, very, very fine house.” Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young might have been singing about the suburbs, but the same can be said about the Sydney Opera House. A building beloved by Sydneysiders and tourists alike, many people may not realise the project was a doomed one. It was almost…

BOOK REVIEW: MICHAEL ATHERTON – A COVETED POSSESSION

  A Coveted Possession documents the popularity of the piano in Australia. Once a treasured member of the household, the piano fell out of favour once people became switched on to the likes of radio and television. Michael Atherton’s highly readable and intriguing book explores the rich cultural history behind this, at times, beloved instrument. Atherton, a professor,…

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: 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…