THEATRE REVIEW: THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES @ LANE COVE

  The Female of the Species feels like a strange beast. Writer, Joanna Murray-Smith set out to write a serious piece of biting feminist commentary but somewhere along the way this transmogrified into a modern farce. The result is a how that at times encourages debate on some important topics while also poking light-hearted fun at other…

BOOK REVIEW: ROSALIE HAM – THE YEAR OF THE FARMER

  Rosalie Ham is a country girl through and through. The author of the hit novel, The Dressmaker has written her fourth book, which is set in a small, country town. The Year of the Farmer is a timely story because it centres on a township struggling through the drought. To read the rest of this review please visit: https://100percentrock.com/book-reviews/201902/248102

BOOK REVIEW: ADAM COURTENAY – THE SHIP THAT NEVER WAS

  James Porter was a convict who once had two choices: a) toe the line and eventually be released or b) escape prison. In Adam Courtenay’s The Ship That Never Was we learn about how Porter took option number two. Courtenay’s tome is an engaging look at history that leaves readers overjoyed and scratching their heads at…

FILM REVIEW: MARIA BY CALLAS

  Maria Callas is a legendary opera singer whose life often resembled a Greek tragedy. The documentary, Maria by Callas, captures some of this sadness and heartbreak in its two-hour runtime. This film is a complex and detailed one about an infamous prima donna that should appeal to opera aficionados. This documentary is directed by…

FILM REVIEW: ON THE BASIS OF SEX

  Ruth Bader Ginsburg is an American Supreme court justice who has been dubbed, “The Notorious RBG.” This woman in an incredible one so it should come as no surprise that in the past few years she has inspired not one, but two films. RBG was a comprehensive documentary about her life while the latest offering is: On the…

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: SARAH VAUGHAN – ANATOMY OF A SCANDAL

  He’s a well-respected man around London town. Or is he? In Sarah Vaughan’s third novel she examines a rape trial involving a charming, family man who works as a Tory politician. The result is a well-written and timely look at betrayal, power, and passion. To read the rest of this review please visit: https://100percentrock.com/book-reviews/201902/248523

BOOK REVIEW: PARKER POSEY – YOU’RE ON AN AIRPLANE

  Parker Posey puts the ‘me’ into memoir. In her debut book, You’re on an Airplane, the indie actress uses the conceit that she and the reader are sitting side-by-side on a flight. It’s a novel and interesting idea in theory, but in practice this makes for one self-absorbed and disorienting tale. To read the rest of…

BOOK REVIEW: ROBERT IAN BONNICK – SOUL SURVIVOR

  Robert Ian Bonnick is a warrior. This successful man has had a career that most people could only dream of. But, what some of us may not know is that he had to overcome extreme adversity and challenges in order to get there. In his debut book, Soul Survivor, he describes his own personal rags-to-riches tale and…