BOOK REVIEW: LAURA BATES- MISOGYNATION

We do not live in a bubble. Feminist author, advocate, and Everyday Sexism Project founder Laura Bates knows this all too well. In her third book, Misogynation – The True Scale of Sexism, she delivers a collection of provocative and smart essays analysing society’s big picture with respect to things like inequality, misogyny, and sexism….

BOOK REVIEW: NATASHA LESTER- THE PARIS SEAMSTRESS

  Natasha Lester’s previous two historic novels have starred strong female protagonists trailblazing away in a man’s world. The Paris Seamstress is essentially cut from the same cloth. This means that it should appeal to readers who enjoyed A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald and Her Mother’s Secret. The Paris Seamstress is ultimately an epic romantic saga and family drama that weaves…

FILM REVIEW: ON CHESIL BEACH

  On Chesil Beach may be a boy-meets-girl story but this one doesn’t play as you would typically expect. The film is an adaption of an Ian McEwan novella and is a heart-wrenching, domestic drama. Set in 1962 in the period between the lifting of the ban on Lady Chatterley’s Lover and the release of The Beatles first album; this…

BOOK REVIEW: LISA GENOVA – EVERY NOTE PLAYED

  Some people’s experience with motor neurone disease or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is confined to their knowledge of the late Stephen Hawking. Others may also know about the late baseball player Lou Gehrig, former American football player Steve Gleason, or the ice bucket challenge that became popular online. Author and neuroscientist Lisa Genova has…

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…

DVD REVIEW: EVERY DAY

  If you were to take a soppy teen love story written by Nicholas Sparks and add a twist of body-snatching last seen in the likes of Freaky Friday then the result would be Every Day. The film is based on an average, everyday girl who falls in love with an extraordinary being named A. The result…

DVD REVIEW: BODYHACK 2.0

  There is television that is the viewing equivalent of eating fairy floss. And then there’s Todd Sampson. The Gruen panellist and adventurer has been pushing the limits of documentary filmmaking with his television programs, Redesign My Brain and Body Hack. The latter is now in season two or version 2.0 and it is showing no signs of…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK SEASON 5

  For the past few years viewers of Orange Is The New Black have enjoyed this show because it is a comedic look at the realities of prison life. Season five however, takes a slightly different turn. This is predominantly due to the brutal death of inmate, Poussey Washington (Samira Wiley) in season four. The result…