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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: 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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BOOK REVIEW: Misogynation – The True Scale of Sexism by Laura Bates

BOOK REVIEW: Misogynation – The True Scale of Sexism by Laura Bates

| 11 August 2018 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Misogynation – The True Scale of Sexism by Laura Bates Simon & Schuster Ltd April 2018 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Society & Culture 6.5/10 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 […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Paris Seamstress by Natasha Lester

BOOK REVIEW: The Paris Seamstress by Natasha Lester

| 9 August 2018 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Paris Seamstress by Natasha Lester Hachette Australia March 2018 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Fiction / Modern & Contemporary Fiction 7/10 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 […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Every Note Played by Lisa Genova

BOOK REVIEW: Every Note Played by Lisa Genova

| 7 August 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Every Note Played by Lisa Genova Simon & Schuster Australia April 2018 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Fiction / Modern & Contemporary Fiction 7/10 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 […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Paris Dreaming by Katrina Lawrence

BOOK REVIEW: Paris Dreaming by Katrina Lawrence

| 4 August 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Paris Dreaming by Katrina Lawrence Harper Collins November 2017 Hardcover, $35.00 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Biographies & True Stories / Memoirs 6/10 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 […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Clutter Intervention – How Your Stuff is Keeping You Stuck by Tisha Morris

BOOK REVIEW: Clutter Intervention – How Your Stuff is Keeping You Stuck by Tisha Morris

| 22 May 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Clutter Intervention – How Your Stuff is Keeping You Stuck by Tisha Morris Llewellyn Publications, U.S. February 2018 Paperback, $35.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Mind, Body, Spirit 5.5/10 Writer, Benjamin Law once described his childhood home as like a “Lasagne of shit.” There are a lot of homes waging a war […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Gloria’s Voice: The Story of Gloria Steinem—Feminist, Activist, Leader by Aura Lewis

BOOK REVIEW: Gloria’s Voice: The Story of Gloria Steinem—Feminist, Activist, Leader by Aura Lewis

| 20 May 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Gloria’s Voice: The Story of Gloria Steinem—Feminist, Activist, Leader by Aura Lewis Sterling Publishing Co Inc March 2018 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Picture Books / Early Learning 6/10 It is encouraging to see the recent increase in the number of non-fiction picture books dedicated to inspiring women and men from history. […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Theft by Finding – Diaries: Volume One by David Sedaris

BOOK REVIEW: Theft by Finding – Diaries: Volume One by David Sedaris

| 24 March 2018 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Theft by Finding – Diaries: Volume One by David Sedaris Little, Brown Book Group May 2017 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Literature, Poetry & Plays / Non-Fiction Prose 9/10 Reading someone’s diary is an intimate, voyeuristic experience. This is even more apparent in the case of author, humourist, and professional […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Side Hustle – Build a Side Business and Earn Extra Cash, Without Quitting Your Day Job by Chris Guillebeau

BOOK REVIEW: Side Hustle – Build a Side Business and Earn Extra Cash, Without Quitting Your Day Job by Chris Guillebeau

| 21 March 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Side Hustle – Build a Side Business and Earn Extra Cash, Without Quitting Your Day Job by Chris Guillebeau Pan Macmillan September 2017 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Business & Management / Small Businesses & Self-Employment 7/10 If anyone was qualified to write books on the successful start-up or side […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Taming Toxic People – The Science of Identifying and Dealing with Psychopaths at Work & at Home by David Gillespie

BOOK REVIEW: Taming Toxic People – The Science of Identifying and Dealing with Psychopaths at Work & at Home by David Gillespie

| 18 March 2018 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Taming Toxic People – The Science of Identifying and Dealing with Psychopaths at Work & at Home by David Gillespie Pan Macmillan Australia July 2017 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Self-Help & Personal Development / Popular Psychology 7/10 There is a high possibility that you either know or have encountered […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Grace Kelly – Hollywood Dream Girl by Jay Jorgensen and Manoah Bowman

BOOK REVIEW: Grace Kelly – Hollywood Dream Girl by Jay Jorgensen and Manoah Bowman

| 15 March 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Grace Kelly – Hollywood Dream Girl by Jay Jorgensen and Manoah Bowman HarperCollins Publishers Inc November 2017 Hardcover, $59.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Arts & Entertainment / Photography 9/10 Grace Kelly not only lived up to her name but she was also every bit the Hollywood dream girl that the title […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Betoota’s Australia by The Betoota Advocate

BOOK REVIEW: Betoota’s Australia by The Betoota Advocate

| 12 March 2018 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Betoota’s Australia by The Betoota Advocate ABC Books October 2017 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Comedy & Humour 8/10 When you’re a kid from a small, country town, the prospect of leaving home and moving to the big smoke can be scary. The guys from The Betoota Advocate know all […]

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