BOOK REVIEW: MELINA MARCHETTA – THE PLACE ON DALHOUSIE

  Some people read books to escape their lives. For other readers, they want to consume a story that mirrors their own. Author, Melina Marchetta certainly fits into the latter camp. Her latest novel – the third in her Inner West trilogy, set in the suburbs of Sydney – is a close examination of the sorts of…

BOOK REVIEW: JANET MALCOLM – NOBODY’S LOOKING AT YOU

  If there were a title for Grand Master of narrative fiction then the undisputed champion would be Janet Malcolm. This American author has been writing since the 1960’s when she first began with The New Yorker. The author of several books, her latest one, Nobody’s Looking At You, focuses on recent times by drawing together an eclectic collection of her…

THEATRE REVIEW: THE CARETAKER

  The Caretaker focuses on three men in their natural habitat. The renowned, Harold Pinter play is a character-driven one that explores the relationship between a homeless man and two brothers. The story is a dense, dialogue-driven piece that unfolds within the confines of a West London flat. Some viewers may enjoy its clever lines, but others may…

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…

THEATRE REVIEW: THE WHARF REVUE @ RIVERSIDE THEATRE

  The Wharf Revue have been proudly entertaining audiences by skewering politicians since 2000. This year’s instalment was the troupe’s first without co-founder and musical director, Phil Scott, but the show remained strong and funny. The opening night at Parramatta’s Riverside Theatre was a rollicking one with a vaudeville feel that hit some really high notes….

BOOK REVIEW: LIONEL SHRIVER- PROPERTY- A COLLECTION

  Lionel Shriver is a renowned storyteller and the author of We Need to Talk about Kevin.She’s also a brilliant observer and one could argue that she missed her calling as a psychologist. As a writer, she has made some bold choices by exploring and making sense of the darker facets of the human psyche. She…

BOOK REVIEW: JAMES O’LOGHLIN- THE NEW KID: UNPOPULAR ME

  We all know what it’s like to be the new person, whether it’s starting a new job or going to a different school. It is this fish-out-of-water scenario that serves as the premise for James O’Loghlin’s new book. The New Kid: Unpopular Me is a novel aimed at kids aged eight and over. It’s an absolute…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: NICK & NORAH’S INFINITE PLAYLIST

  Lionel Richie sang about the things that happened “All night long” but the film Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist certainly got there. This is a pleasant little teen rom-com. It’s one that certainly has its moments and while it can be a bit predictable and one-track at times, it’s still enjoyable enough and just…

DVD REVIEW: DUCKMAN – THE COMPLETE SERIES SEASONS 1-4

  Duckman is a cartoon schlub who isn’t your average duck. Or man. He’s a funny, angry and crude cat who is a single Dad and rubbish private investigator who is routinely saved by his loyal sidekick. Duckman is no superhero but he certainly has a smart and irreverent take on the world and walks to…

BOOK REVIEW: DAVID SEDARIS – THEFT BY FINDING DIARIES 1977-2002

Reading someone’s diary is an intimate, voyeuristic experience. This is even more apparent in the case of author, humourist, and professional people-watcher, David Sedaris’ diaries. Theft by Finding – Diaries: Volume One is named after something an Englishwoman told Sedaris where finding money on the street and pocketing it without searching for its rightful owner is called,…