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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: Interval Weight Loss – How to Trick Your Body into Losing Weight the Scientific Way – One Month at a Time by Dr Nick Fuller

BOOK REVIEW: Interval Weight Loss – How to Trick Your Body into Losing Weight the Scientific Way – One Month at a Time by Dr Nick Fuller

| 12 January 2018 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Interval Weight Loss – How to Trick Your Body into Losing Weight the Scientific Way – One Month at a Time by Dr Nick Fuller Random House Australia August 2017 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Family & Health / Fitness & Diet 7/10 The world is dieting itself fat. This […]

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BOOK REVIEW: F*cked – Being Sexually Explorative and Self-Confident in a World That’s Screwed by Corinne Fisher and Krystyna Hutchinson

BOOK REVIEW: F*cked – Being Sexually Explorative and Self-Confident in a World That’s Screwed by Corinne Fisher and Krystyna Hutchinson

| 10 January 2018 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: F*cked – Being Sexually Explorative and Self-Confident in a World That’s Screwed by Corinne Fisher and Krystyna Hutchinson Little, Brown Book Group October 2017 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Family & Health / Family & Relationships / Sex & Sexuality 9/10 We live in a world where sex is ubiquitous, […]

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BOOK REVIEW: A Timeline of Australian Food – From Mutton to MasterChef by Jan O’Connell

BOOK REVIEW: A Timeline of Australian Food – From Mutton to MasterChef by Jan O’Connell

| 26 December 2017 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: A Timeline of Australian Food – From Mutton to MasterChef by Jan O’Connell NewSouth Publishing December 2017 Paperback, $34.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / History / Regional & National History / Australasian & Pacific History 7/10 Australians all let us rejoice for we live in a foodie paradise. On any given day […]

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BOOK REVIEW: 100 Nasty Women of History – Brilliant, Badass and Completely Fearless Women Everyone Should Know by Hannah Jewell

BOOK REVIEW: 100 Nasty Women of History – Brilliant, Badass and Completely Fearless Women Everyone Should Know by Hannah Jewell

| 25 December 2017 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: 100 Nasty Women of History – Brilliant, Badass and Completely Fearless Women Everyone Should Know by Hannah Jewell Hodder & Stoughton November 2017 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / History / General & World History / Feminism 7/10 Hannah Jewell is a former BuzzFeed writer you might know from such viral […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Bullet It! A Notebook for Planning Your Days, Chronicling Your Life, and Creating Beauty by Nicole Lara

BOOK REVIEW: Bullet It! A Notebook for Planning Your Days, Chronicling Your Life, and Creating Beauty by Nicole Lara

| 12 December 2017 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Bullet It! A Notebook for Planning Your Days, Chronicling Your Life, and Creating Beauty by Nicole Lara Pan Macmillan Australia September 2017 Paperback, $19.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction/Self-Help & Personal Development 7.5/10 The bullet journal or BuJo is a planning system that was created by designer, Ryder Carroll. It’s one that allows […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Stranger Thingies – From Felafel to now by John Birmingham

BOOK REVIEW: Stranger Thingies – From Felafel to now by John Birmingham

| 10 December 2017 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Stranger Thingies – From Felafel to Now by John Birmingham NewSouth Books September 2017 Paperback, $24.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Biographies / True Stories 9/10 John Birmingham is a satirist, newspaper columnist, writer and blogger. He’s also a man who knows how to find the funny in most situations. The cover […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Koala Bare by Jackie French and illustrated by Matt Shanks

BOOK REVIEW: Koala Bare by Jackie French and illustrated by Matt Shanks

| 6 December 2017 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Koala Bare by Jackie French and illustrated by Matt Shanks HarperCollins Australia September 2017 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Children/Picture Books/Early Learning 10/10   Jackie French has entertained us before with her Diary of a Wombat. The legendary author of some 150 books once again draws inspiration from Australian wildlife, except that […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Making of Christina by Meredith Jaffé

BOOK REVIEW: The Making of Christina by Meredith Jaffé

| 6 December 2017 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Making of Christina by Meredith Jaffé Pan Macmillan Australia July 2017 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Fiction/Modern & Contemporary Fiction 8/10 In her debut novel The Fence, Meredith Jaffé crafted a domestic drama about two feuding neighbours and a story that could have featured on a nightly current affairs show. Her […]

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BOOK REVIEW: We Are Arrested – A Journalist’s Notes from a Turkish Prison by Can Dündar

BOOK REVIEW: We Are Arrested – A Journalist’s Notes from a Turkish Prison by Can Dündar

| 3 December 2017 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: We Are Arrested – A Journalist’s Notes from a Turkish Prison by Can Dündar Biteback December 2016 Hardcover, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction/Politics & Government/Human Rights/Freedom of Information & Freedom of Speech 7/10 When Turkish journalist, Can Dündar was imprisoned in November 2015 he could have remained silent. But instead he used […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Where’s Wally? The Totally Terrific Tin by Martin Handford

BOOK REVIEW: Where’s Wally? The Totally Terrific Tin by Martin Handford

| 2 December 2017 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Where’s Wally? The Totally Terrific Tin by Martin Handford Walker Books November 2017 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Children & Teenagers / Picture Books & Early Learning / Interactive Activity Books & Packs 8/10 Where’s Wally? The Totally Terrific Tin packages together the first three Where’s Wally? books. For Australian readers, Wally […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Cinderella by Jane Ray

BOOK REVIEW: Cinderella by Jane Ray

| 1 December 2017 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Cinderella by Jane Ray Walker Books November 2017 Hardcover, $14.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Fiction/Children’s Books/Interactive & Activity Books & Packs/Novelty Books 7.5/10 We are all familiar with the classic fairy-tale, Cinderella. It’s one that has been told in countless books and films. English illustrator and children’s author, Jane Ray retells this story […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Ten Pound Pom written by Carole Wilkinson and illustrated by Liz Anelli

BOOK REVIEW: Ten Pound Pom written by Carole Wilkinson and illustrated by Liz Anelli

| 30 November 2017 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Ten Pound Pom written by Carole Wilkinson and illustrated by Liz Anelli Walker Books Australia October 2017 Hardcover, $27.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Children & Teenagers / Young Adults > Children’s Non-Fiction / History & The Past for Children & Teenagers 8.5/10 Australia is a country that is made up of many immigrants. […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Where’s Wally? Destination: Everywhere! by Martin Handford

BOOK REVIEW: Where’s Wally? Destination: Everywhere! by Martin Handford

| 29 November 2017 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Where’s Wally? Destination: Everywhere! by Martin Handford Walker Books October 2017 Hardcover, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Children & Teenagers/Picture Books & Early Learning/Interactive & Activity Books & Packs 9/10 For 30 years the bespectacled, intrepid world and time traveller known to Australian readers as Wally has entertained children and adults alike. British […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Little Theatre by the Sea by Rosanna Ley

BOOK REVIEW: The Little Theatre by the Sea by Rosanna Ley

| 12 October 2017 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Little Theatre by the Sea by Rosanna Ley Quercus Books March 2017 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Fiction/Modern & Contemporary Fiction 6/10 On paper, a book like The Little Theatre by the Sea has the ingredients for a fabulous, summer read. It has an interesting-enough premise, it’s set in a fine, […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Beyond Mars and Venus – Relationship Skills for Today’s Complex World by John Gray

BOOK REVIEW: Beyond Mars and Venus – Relationship Skills for Today’s Complex World by John Gray

| 6 October 2017 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Beyond Mars and Venus – Relationship Skills for Today’s Complex World by John Gray BenBella Books June 2016 Hardcover, $37.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction/Family & Health/Family & Relationships 4/10 In 1993 Dr John Gray published the popular relationship book, Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus. It became an international best-seller […]

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BOOK REVIEW: No Way! Okay, Fine – A memoir of pop culture, feminism and feelings by Brodie Lancaster

BOOK REVIEW: No Way! Okay, Fine – A memoir of pop culture, feminism and feelings by Brodie Lancaster

| 4 October 2017 | 2 Replies

BOOK REVIEW: No Way! Okay, Fine – A memoir of pop culture, feminism and feelings by Brodie Lancaster Hachette Australia June 2017 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction/Society & Culture/Feminism & Feminist Theory 6.5/10 For many years Brodie Lancaster felt like she had to play the sidekick, never the lead. She was told things […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Admissions – A Life in Brain Surgery by Henry Marsh

BOOK REVIEW: Admissions – A Life in Brain Surgery by Henry Marsh

| 2 October 2017 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Admissions – A Life in Brain Surgery by Henry Marsh Orion Publishing April 2017 Softback, $27.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction/Biographies & True Stories/Science, Technology & Medicine Autobiographies 7.5/10 We all know that the only two certainties in life are death and taxes. This means that most things are complex and made of […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Anxiety Journal by Corinne Sweet, illustrated by Marcia Mihotich

BOOK REVIEW: The Anxiety Journal by Corinne Sweet, illustrated by Marcia Mihotich

| 29 September 2017 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Anxiety Journal by Corinne Sweet, illustrated by Marcia Mihotich Pan Macmillan April 2017 Paperback, $19.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction/Family & Health/Coping with Anxiety & Phobias 7/10 The Anxiety Journal is a handsome little book that offers readers: “Exercises to soothe stress and eliminate anxiety wherever you are.” The book is written […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Hunger – A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay

BOOK REVIEW: Hunger – A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay

| 27 September 2017 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Hunger – A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay Little, Brown Book Group June 2017 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction/Literature, Poetry & Plays/Literary Essays 9/10 There aren’t many books that manage to completely disarm the reader. But Hunger – A Memoir of (My) Body isn’t like most books. Roxane Gay’s […]

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BOOK REVIEW: My First Coding Book by Kiki Prottsman, illustrated by Molly Lattin

BOOK REVIEW: My First Coding Book by Kiki Prottsman, illustrated by Molly Lattin

| 25 September 2017 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: My First Coding Book by Kiki Prottsman, illustrated by Molly Lattin Dorling Kindersley Ltd July 2017 Hardcover, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Children & Teenagers/Science & Technology for Children & Teenagers 7.5/10 Computers and technology have changed our lives and things continue to evolve. Children born today will never know a world without […]

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