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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 Best Women’s Travel Writing, Volume 11 – True Stories from Around the World Edited by Lavinia Spalding

BOOK REVIEW: The Best Women’s Travel Writing, Volume 11 – True Stories from Around the World Edited by Lavinia Spalding

| 16 January 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Best Women’s Travel Writing, Volume 11 – True Stories from Around the World edited by Lavinia Spalding Travelers’ Tales, Incorporated May 2017 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Travel & Holidays / Travel Writing 7/10 The Best Women’s Travel Writing has been taking readers on journeys into the great unknown […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Karl, the Universe and Everything by Dr Karl Kruszelnicki

BOOK REVIEW: Karl, the Universe and Everything by Dr Karl Kruszelnicki

| 14 January 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Karl, the Universe and Everything by Dr Karl Kruszelnicki Pan Macmillan Australia October 2017 Hardcover, $34.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Science / Popular Science 8/10 If Iggy Pop had a “lust for life” then Dr Karl Kruszelnicki has a “lust for science.” This loud-shirt wearing man is a beloved Australian institution […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Careful! The Surprising Science behind Everyday Calamities – And How You Can Avoid Them by Steve Casner

BOOK REVIEW: Careful! The Surprising Science behind Everyday Calamities – And How You Can Avoid Them by Steve Casner

| 14 January 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Careful! The Surprising Science behind Everyday Calamities – And How You Can Avoid Them by Steve Casner Pan Macmillan Australia May 2017 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction/Psychology 7.5/10 For the majority of last century, accidents and preventable injuries were on the decline. This was due to increased innovation, safety measures and […]

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Natalie’s Top Reads of 2017

Natalie’s Top Reads of 2017

| 12 January 2018 | Reply

In 2017 I continued with my resolution to read more than the previous year. My reading habits in 2017 were no doubt informed by the fact that I ended a long-term relationship. This meant I found myself drawn to books that were about bettering yourself as well as topics like: sex, human psychology, relationships and […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Museum of Broken Relationships – Modern Love in 203 Everyday Objects by Olinka Vištica and Dražen Grubišić

BOOK REVIEW: The Museum of Broken Relationships – Modern Love in 203 Everyday Objects by Olinka Vištica and Dražen Grubišić

| 12 January 2018 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Museum of Broken Relationships – Modern Love in 203 Everyday Objects by Olinka Vištica and Dražen Grubišić Orion Publishing Co. November 2017 Hardcover, $39.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Arts & Entertainment / History of Art & Design Styles > Art from 1900 to Current 8/10 For anyone who has ever […]

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INTERVIEW: Dr Nick Fuller, author of Interval Weight Loss

INTERVIEW: Dr Nick Fuller, author of Interval Weight Loss

| 12 January 2018 | Reply

INTERVIEW: Dr Nick Fuller, author of Interval Weight Loss We are living in a world where the rates of obesity continue to climb. At the same time more and more of us are going on diets as a way to combat this issue. But what if we were actually dieting ourselves fatter? Dr Nick Fuller […]

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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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