BOOK REVIEW: CLAIRE HALLIDAY – THINGS MY FATHER TAUGHT ME

  In the lead-up to Father’s Day journalist, copywriter and author, Claire Halliday follows up her previous book, Things My Mother Taught Me with one about the dads. Both books are collections of short interviews undertaken by Halliday with well-known Australian identities, where they describe the relationship they have with a parent. These range from warm and caring bonds…

BOOK REVIEW: MANDY LEN CATRON – HOW TO FALL IN LOVE WITH ANYONE

  In 2015 writer and academic, Mandy Len Catron went viral when an article she wrote was published in The New York Times. It was called, “To Fall in Love With Anyone, Do This” where she described her recent date with a new acquaintance. They had answered 36 questions together from a research study designed to make people fall…

BOOK REVIEW: HANNAH WITTON – DOING IT! LET’S TALK ABOUT SEX

  For the majority of people “sex education” – if they even receive it from parents or schools – is scant at best. It typically involves telling young people to wait for as long as possible and informing them about contraception and how to avoid sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Writer, vlogger, and online sex educator,…

BOOK REVIEW: TRACEY SPICER – THE GOOD GIRL STRIPPED BARE

  They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. But in the case of Tracey Spicer’s femoir it’s a clever way of summing up her memoir’s content and is a clever depiction of her famous TEDx talk. Many readers will be familiar with Tracey Spicer through her work as a newsreader and TV…

BOOK REVIEW: REBECCA SKLOOT – THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS

  For decades the human race has benefited from someone and they didn’t even know her name. She was known simply as “HeLa” to those in the know and it was a cell line that has been used extensively in research and lead to some major medical breakthroughs. The book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta…

COMEDY REVIEW: AKMAL SALEH @ ENMORE THEATRE (19.05.2017)

  Akmal Saleh’s parting words to the audience of his Sydney Comedy Festival show, Transparent, were to go forth and “be silly and childish.” It’s fair to say that for an hour he had done just that. His stand-up show had been a casual and loose affair where he often made it appear like he…

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…

COMEDY REVIEW: ROMESH RANGANATHAN @ THE FACTORY THEATRE (25.04.2017)

Romesh Ranganathan is a comedian whose tongue is placed so firmly in cheek that it threatens to come out the other side. This English comedian of Sri Lankan descent performed his debut Sydney comedy show to audiences who may be familiar with his work thanks to TV spots on Live At The Apollo and Would…

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,…

FILM REVIEW: DAVID STRATTON: A CINEMATIC LIFE

  David Stratton is the doyen of Australian cinema. He is a respected film critic who has watched in excess of 25,000 films, peed on Fellini and entertained Australians for decades through his movie reviews with sparring partner Margaret Pomeranz. David Stratton: A Cinematic Life is a documentary about his life and brilliant career and…

BOOK REVIEW: BRIAN WILSON & BEN GREENMAN – I AM BRIAN WILSON

God only knows where pop music would be without Brian Wilson. The genius writer of many of The Beach Boys greatest hits has had a profound effect on popular culture. I Am Brian Wilson (his second autobiography; his first was published in the nineties) is a complex and forthright account of his life in music….

BOOK REVIEW: COLLEEN HOOVER – IT ENDS WITH US

  It Ends With Us is a title that hints at a certain sense of finality or ending. But in reality this novel is only the beginning. This bold book from New York Times bestseller, Colleen Hoover is an important one that slowly reveals itself to be a rather hard lesson in love, told by…