BOOK REVIEW: CORINNE SWEET – THE ANXIETY JOURNAL

  The Anxiety Journal is a handsome little book that offers readers: “Exercises to soothe stress and eliminate anxiety wherever you are.” The book is written by psychologist and psychotherapist Corinne Sweet and is beautifully-illustrated by Marcia Mihotich, who has previously illustrated guides for The School of Life. It is a positive and encouraging book for people…

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…

DVD REVIEW: THE FAMILY LAW

  The Law family have returned bigger and brighter than ever. That dysfunctional band of Chinese-Australians based on writer, Benjamin Law’s actual family and chronicled in his 2010 memoir of the same name are up to some of their usual hijinks. The second season of The Family Law picks up where the first one left off…

BOOK REVIEW: J.D. BARRETT – THE SONG OF US

  In popular music your sophomore album is often labelled the “difficult” one because you’ve had a lifetime to write and record the first and are under pressure for the follow-up. This is not the case for J.D. Barrett’s second novel, The Song of Us. This sunny slice of chick-lit deftly weaves together the power…

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,…

BOOK REVIEW: PAMELA HART – A LETTER FROM ITALY

  A Letter from Italy is a romantic story that isn’t just ruled by its heart. It’s a novel inspired by Louise Mack, the first female war correspondent who worked during the First World War. It’s a book that shows how a determined and strong journalist negotiates the trials and tribulations of being a woman…

BOOK REVIEW: MESHEL LAURIE – BUDDHISM FOR BREAK-UPS

  There are many people who ask themselves, “What would Jesus do?” but in the case of Meshel Laurie, it was, “What would Buddha do?” The Australian writer, comedian and radio personality was looking towards her Buddhist faith as a way of making sense of the end of her 19 year marriage. Except that there…

BOOK REVIEW: KARLY LANE – THIRD TIME LUCKY

  Karly Lane’s book, Third Time Lucky is a lovely adaptation of a Christmas novella. It’s a story that translates well to the longer format but it’s also one that is difficult to write about without revealing some crucial plot points. It is perhaps best if we consider that this is a rural romance that…

BOOK REVIEW: GAYLE FORMAN – LEAVE ME

  It’s interesting that in her debut novel specifically written for adults, award-winning Young Adult author Gayle Forman has picked such a mature and relatable topic. Leave Me is the story of an over-stressed, over-worked and under-appreciated mother of four-year-old twins who is forced to stop and re-evaluate her life. It’s a book that is…