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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 websites are: http://nataliesalvo.wordpress.com and www.myshitdate.com

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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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BOOK REVIEW: Two Sisters written by Åsne Seierstad and translated by Seán Kinsella

BOOK REVIEW: Two Sisters written by Åsne Seierstad and translated by Seán Kinsella

| 3 September 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Two Sisters written by Åsne Seierstad and translated by Seán Kinsella Little, Brown Book Group March 2018 Paperback, $49.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Biographies & True Stories / Discovery, History & Science 9/10 Åsne Seierstad is no stranger to writing about war and conflict. The Norwegian journalist is the best-selling author […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The World’s Worst Children 3 written by David Walliams & illustrated by Tony Ross

BOOK REVIEW: The World’s Worst Children 3 written by David Walliams & illustrated by Tony Ross

| 1 September 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The World’s Worst Children 3 written by David Walliams & illustrated by Tony Ross HarperCollins May 2018 Paperback, $24.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Fiction / Children’s Fiction / Humour 9/10 The President of the United States dubbed it the “Greatest book ever written.” Well, that’s if you believe the joke. This title – […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The New Kid: Unpopular Me by James O’Loghlin, illustrated by Matthew Martin

BOOK REVIEW: The New Kid: Unpopular Me by James O’Loghlin, illustrated by Matthew Martin

| 31 August 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The New Kid: Unpopular Me by James O’Loghlin, illustrated by Matthew Martin Pan Macmillan Australia May 2018 Paperback, $9.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Fiction / Children & Teenagers / Children’s Fiction 8.5/10 We all know what it’s like to be the new person, whether it’s starting a new job or going to a […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Lily and the Rose by Jackie French

BOOK REVIEW: The Lily and the Rose by Jackie French

| 27 August 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Lily and the Rose by Jackie French HarperCollins March 2018 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Fiction / Romance / Historical Romance 7/10 Beloved Australian author, Jackie French is a firm believer in the idea that history explains why our world is the way it is. She has written hundreds of books […]

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BOOK REVIEW: If At First You Don’t Conceive – Your Friendly Guide to Tackling Infertility by Liz Ellis

BOOK REVIEW: If At First You Don’t Conceive – Your Friendly Guide to Tackling Infertility by Liz Ellis

| 25 August 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: If At First You Don’t Conceive – Your Friendly Guide to Tackling Infertility by Liz Ellis Pan Macmillan Australia April 2018 Paperback, $34.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Medicine / Reproductive Medicine 8/10 After retiring from her professional netball career, Liz Ellis and her husband Matt found themselves among the one in […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Girl with the Lost Smile written by Miranda Hart and illustrated by Kate Hindley

BOOK REVIEW: The Girl with the Lost Smile written by Miranda Hart and illustrated by Kate Hindley

| 22 August 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Girl with the Lost Smile written by Miranda Hart and illustrated by Kate Hindley Hachette Children’s Group October 2017 Paperback, $26.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Fiction / Children & Teenagers / Action & Adventure 7/10 As much as we’d love our lives to be one big festival of happiness, the reality is […]

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BOOK REVIEW: My Mother, a Serial Killer by Hazel Baron and Janet Fife-Yeomans

BOOK REVIEW: My Mother, a Serial Killer by Hazel Baron and Janet Fife-Yeomans

| 19 August 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: My Mother, a Serial Killer by Hazel Baron and Janet Fife-Yeomans Harper Collins March 2018 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Biographies & True Stories / True Crime 6.5/10 Dulcie Bodsworth murdered three men. And she would have got away with it too, if it weren’t for her pesky daughter. This […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Court Reporter by Jamelle Wells

BOOK REVIEW: The Court Reporter by Jamelle Wells

| 17 August 2018 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Court Reporter by Jamelle Wells ABC Books February 2018 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Biographies & True Stories / True Crime 9/10 For the majority of us who don’t work in jobs related to the criminal justice system or who haven’t chosen to become court watchers in our spare […]

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BOOK REVIEW: How to Buy a Home – From Debt to a Deposit by Emily Power

BOOK REVIEW: How to Buy a Home – From Debt to a Deposit by Emily Power

| 15 August 2018 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: How to Buy a Home – From Debt to a Deposit by Emily Power Random House Australia May 2018 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Accounting & Finance / Property & Real Estate 6/10 Home ownership has long been considered the great Australian dream. But when you’re a first home buyer […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Weird Beard: Bab Sharkey and the Animal Mummies by Andrew Hansen and Jessica Roberts

BOOK REVIEW: The Weird Beard: Bab Sharkey and the Animal Mummies by Andrew Hansen and Jessica Roberts

| 13 August 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Bab Sharkey and the Animal Mummies – The Weird Beard by Andrew Hansen and Jessica Roberts Walker Books Australia May 2018 Paperback, $14.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Children’s Fiction / Middle Grade / Action & Adventure 7.5/10 The Chaser’s Andrew Hansen, along with his designer/illustrator wife Jessica Roberts, joins a long list of Australian […]

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