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Author Archive: Natalie Salvo

Natalie Salvo is a foodie and writer from Sydney. You can find her digging around in second hand book shops or submerged in vinyl crates at good record stores. Her website is at: http://nataliesalvo.wordpress.com

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BOOK REVIEW: Nobody Cares by Anne T. Donahue

BOOK REVIEW: Nobody Cares by Anne T. Donahue

| 20 February 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Nobody Cares by Anne T. Donahue ECW Press September 2018 Paperback, $19.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Comedy & Humour / Humour Collections & Anthologies 55% Rocking Anne T. Donahue’s debut book, Nobody Cares is missing a suffix. It should clarify that people don’t care “About the small stuff.” We all know […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Mr Ordinary Goes to Jail by Wil Patterson

BOOK REVIEW: Mr Ordinary Goes to Jail by Wil Patterson

| 16 February 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Mr Ordinary Goes to Jail by Wil Patterson Finch Publishing June 2018 Paperback, $27.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Biographies & True Stories / Memoirs 60% Rocking For most people, their idea of prison is like a combination of Orange is the New Black and Prison Break. The book, Mr Ordinary Goes […]

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BOOK REVIEW: A Certain Style: Beatrice Davis, a literary life, 2nd Edition by Jacqueline Kent

BOOK REVIEW: A Certain Style: Beatrice Davis, a literary life, 2nd Edition by Jacqueline Kent

| 13 February 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: A Certain Style: Beatrice Davis, a literary life, 2nd Edition by Jacqueline Kent NewSouth Publishing September 2018 Paperback, $34.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Biographies & True Stories 90% Rocking Beatrice Davis always knew that someone would write a book about her. This formidable woman was Australia’s most acclaimed book editor. An […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Year of the Farmer by Rosalie Ham

BOOK REVIEW: The Year of the Farmer by Rosalie Ham

| 9 February 2019 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Year of the Farmer by Rosalie Ham Pan Macmillan Australia September 2018 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Fiction / Modern & contemporary fiction 50% Rocking 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 […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Ship That Never Was- The Greatest Escape Story of Australian Colonial History by Adam Courtenay

BOOK REVIEW: The Ship That Never Was- The Greatest Escape Story of Australian Colonial History by Adam Courtenay

| 5 February 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Ship That Never Was- The Greatest Escape Story of Australian Colonial History by Adam Courtenay ABC Books May 2018 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / History 90% Rocking James Porter was a convict who once had two choices: a) toe the line and eventually be released or b) escape prison. […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan

BOOK REVIEW: Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan

| 1 February 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan Simon & Schuster Ltd January 2018 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Fiction / Modern & Contemporary Fiction 85% Rocking 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 […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Gross Anatomy – My Curious Relationship with the Female Body by Mara Altman

BOOK REVIEW: Gross Anatomy – My Curious Relationship with the Female Body by Mara Altman

| 28 January 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Gross Anatomy – My Curious Relationship with the Female Body by Mara Altman Harper Collins Publishers August 2018 Paperback, $22.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Comedy & Humour 80% Rocking Gross Anatomy could have been titled ‘Embarrassing body’ or ‘The Woman Stripped Bare’ because this memoir is about one writer’s curious relationship […]

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BOOK REVIEW: You’re on an Airplane – A Self-Mythologizing Memoir by Parker Posey

BOOK REVIEW: You’re on an Airplane – A Self-Mythologizing Memoir by Parker Posey

| 25 January 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: You’re on an Airplane – A Self-Mythologizing Memoir by Parker Posey Virago July 2018 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Biographies & True Stories 50% Rocking 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 […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Lost Man by Jane Harper

BOOK REVIEW: The Lost Man by Jane Harper

| 22 January 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Lost Man by Jane Harper Pan Macmillan Australia October 2018 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Fiction / Modern & Contemporary Fiction 90% Rocking Jane Harper created a literary storm with the release of her debut thriller, The Dry. In her third novel, The Lost Man, Harper continues her masterful storytelling. You […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Pink Ink by Harry Cook

BOOK REVIEW: Pink Ink by Harry Cook

| 19 January 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Pink Ink by Harry Cook Finch Publishing August 2018 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Biographies & True Stories 80% Rocking Twenty-seven seems like it’s a bit young to write a memoir. But actor and LGBTQI activist Harry Cook has crammed quite a few things into his professional and personal life […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Alive at Work: The Neuroscience of Helping Your People Love What They Do by Daniel M. Cable

BOOK REVIEW: Alive at Work: The Neuroscience of Helping Your People Love What They Do by Daniel M. Cable

| 9 October 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Alive at Work: The Neuroscience of Helping Your People Love What They Do by Daniel M. Cable Harvard Business Review Press June 2018 Hardcover, $44.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Business & Management 7/10 A lot of people proudly proclaim that they work to live and not live to work. Daniel M. […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

BOOK REVIEW: Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

| 7 October 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty Pan Macmillan Australia September 2018 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Fiction / Modern & Contemporary Fiction 7.5/10 A wellness retreat may instil images of green smoothies, yoga, some crystals, and a massage. But what if this setting was hiding something more sinister? This idea is covered […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Stand Up Straight! A History of Posture by Sander L. Gilman

BOOK REVIEW: Stand Up Straight! A History of Posture by Sander L. Gilman

| 5 October 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Stand Up Straight! A History of Posture by Sander L. Gilman Reaktion Books April 2018 Hardcover, $49.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / History 5/10 Sander L. Gilman has become an authority on the human body. The professor has written and edited over 90 books, including ones that examined our attitudes towards obesity […]

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BOOK REVIEW: A Year at Hotel Gondola by Nicky Pellegrino

BOOK REVIEW: A Year at Hotel Gondola by Nicky Pellegrino

| 3 October 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: A Year at Hotel Gondola by Nicky Pellegrino Hachette New Zealand Ltd March 2018 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Fiction / Contemporary Romance 7/10 They say you’ve never been to Venice until you’ve gotten lost there. Nicky Pellegrino’s breezy romance novel does offer some opportunities to do just that. She captures the […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World – And Why Things Are Better than You Think by Hans Rosling with Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling Ronnlund

BOOK REVIEW: Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World – And Why Things Are Better than You Think by Hans Rosling with Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling Ronnlund

| 1 October 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World – And Why Things Are Better than You Think by Hans Rosling with Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling Ronnlund Hodder & Stoughton April 2018 Hardcover, $26.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Self-Help & Personal Development / Popular Psychology 8/10 The late researcher, lecturer and […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Robin – The Definitive Biography of Robin Williams by Dave Itzkoff

BOOK REVIEW: Robin – The Definitive Biography of Robin Williams by Dave Itzkoff

| 29 September 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Robin – The Definitive Biography of Robin Williams by Dave Itzkoff Pan Macmillan May 2018 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Biographies & True Stories 8/10 Robin Williams was a contradictory star. He had a larger-than-life stage persona even though he was an introvert at heart. A hilarious man who could […]

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BOOK REVIEW: From Hero to Zero – Middle School by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts, illustrated by Laura Park

BOOK REVIEW: From Hero to Zero – Middle School by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts, illustrated by Laura Park

| 27 September 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: From Hero to Zero – Middle School by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts, illustrated by Laura Park Penguin Random House March 2018 Paperback, $15.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Fiction / Children’s Fiction / School Stories 5/10 James Patterson is a number one, best-selling author of thriller books. He also writes for children and […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Desert Nurse by Pamela Hart

BOOK REVIEW: The Desert Nurse by Pamela Hart

| 25 September 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Desert Nurse by Pamela Hart Hachette Australia July 2018 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Fiction / Historical Romance 7/10 Pamela Hart takes a leaf out of Natasha Lester’s book in her latest novel, The Desert Nurse. Hart once again sets her story during World War I and has a strong, female […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Computer Coding Python Games for Kids by Carol Vorderman

BOOK REVIEW: Computer Coding Python Games for Kids by Carol Vorderman

| 23 September 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Computer Coding Python Games for Kids by Carol Vorderman Dorling Kindersley Ltd July 2018 Paperback, $35.00 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Science & Technology for Children & Teenagers 8/10 Tomorrow’s programmers are getting a head-start today with the release of various coding books aimed specifically at kids. For those people who think […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Property – A Collection by Lionel Shriver

BOOK REVIEW: Property – A Collection by Lionel Shriver

| 5 September 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Property – A Collection by Lionel Shriver Harper Collins Publishers April 2018 Paperback, $35.00 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Fiction / Modern & Contemporary Fiction / Short Stories 8.5/10 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 […]

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