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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: Under the Same Sky by Mojgan Shamsalipoor & Milad Jafari with James Knight

BOOK REVIEW: Under the Same Sky by Mojgan Shamsalipoor & Milad Jafari with James Knight

| 22 June 2017 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Under the Same Sky by Mojgan Shamsalipoor & Milad Jafari with James Knight Hachette Australia April 2017 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction/Biographies & True Stories 8/10 We all live under the same sky. Or do we? All of us may be born human, but our lives are determined by the genetic […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Song of Us – J.D. Barrett

BOOK REVIEW: The Song of Us – J.D. Barrett

| 21 June 2017 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Song of Us by J.D. Barrett Hachette Australia April 2017 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Fiction/Adult & Contemporary Romance 7.5/10 In popular music your sophomore album is often labelled the “difficult” one because you’ve had a lifetime to write and record the first and are under pressure for the follow-up. This is […]

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BOOK REVIEW: WE – A Manifesto for Women Everywhere by Gillian Anderson & Jennifer Nadel

BOOK REVIEW: WE – A Manifesto for Women Everywhere by Gillian Anderson & Jennifer Nadel

| 18 June 2017 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: WE – A Manifesto for Women Everywhere by Gillian Anderson & Jennifer Nadel HarperCollins Publishers March 2017 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction/Self-Help & Personal Development 7.5/10 A journalist and an actor walk into a bar. It’s not a joke, rather the pair come together to write a manifesto about how to live […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Miss Muriel Matters by Robert Wainwright

BOOK REVIEW: Miss Muriel Matters by Robert Wainwright

| 4 June 2017 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Miss Muriel Matters by Robert Wainwright ABC Books April 2017 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction/Biographies & True Stories 7/10 Muriel Matters is a name we should all know but probably don’t. She was an inspiring woman, activist, and social re-former who played a vital role in the suffrage movement. Journalist and […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Depends What You Mean By Extremist by John Safran

BOOK REVIEW: Depends What You Mean By Extremist by John Safran

| 28 May 2017 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Depends What You Mean By Extremist by John Safran Penguin Random House May 2017 Paperback, $34.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction/Society & Culture 9/10   John Safran channelled the late Truman Capote for his true crime debut, Murder in Mississippi. For his follow-up, the TV documentarian and prankster takes a leaf from Louis Theroux by casually […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Her Mother’s Secret by Natasha Lester

BOOK REVIEW: Her Mother’s Secret by Natasha Lester

| 1 May 2017 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Her Mother’s Secret by Natasha Lester Hachette Australia March 2017 Softback, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Fiction/Modern & Contemporary Fiction 8.5/10 Her Mother’s Secret is a story about a strong female heroine, written by a woman for female readers. Natasha Lester, the author of the best-selling A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald, brings us another historical […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy

BOOK REVIEW: The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy

| 30 April 2017 | 2 Replies

BOOK REVIEW: The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy Little, Brown Book Group March 2017 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Biography/Literary Autobiography 9/10 The John Lennon lyric, “Life is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans” is applicable to Ariel Levy’s book, The Rules Do Not Apply. The New Yorker writer […]

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BOOK REVIEW: See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt

BOOK REVIEW: See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt

| 22 April 2017 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt Hachette Australia March 2017 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Historical Fiction 6/10 Lizzie Borden is forever immortalised and remembered as a woman implicated in one of America’s most famous unsolved murders. There is the famous rhyme: Lizzie Borden took an axe And gave her […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Stop Fixing Women – Why Building Fairer Workplaces is Everyone’s Business by Catherine Fox

BOOK REVIEW: Stop Fixing Women – Why Building Fairer Workplaces is Everyone’s Business by Catherine Fox

| 21 April 2017 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Stop Fixing Women – Why Building Fairer Workplaces is Everyone’s Business by Catherine Fox NewSouth Books April 2017 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction/Society & Culture/Gender Studies 7/10 For years society’s “fingers” have been squarely pointed at women. We’ve been told what to do, what to avoid, to lean in, speak up, […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Valiant for Truth – The Life of Chester Wilmot, War Correspondent by Neil McDonald with Peter Brune

BOOK REVIEW: Valiant for Truth – The Life of Chester Wilmot, War Correspondent by Neil McDonald with Peter Brune

| 4 April 2017 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Valiant for Truth – The Life of Chester Wilmot, War Correspondent by Neil McDonald with Peter Brune NewSouth Books January 2017 Hardback, $49.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction/Biographies & True Stories/True War & Combat Stories 8.5/10   Valiant for Truth is the first complete biography of Australian war correspondent, Reginald William Winchester (“Chester”) Wilmot. It’s […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Simply Styling – Fresh & Easy Ways to Personalize Your Home by Kirsten Grove & Paige French (Photographer)

BOOK REVIEW: Simply Styling – Fresh & Easy Ways to Personalize Your Home by Kirsten Grove & Paige French (Photographer)

| 31 March 2017 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Simply Styling- Fresh & Easy Ways to Personalize Your Home by Kirsten Grove & Paige French (Photographer) Sterling Publishing Co Inc December 2016 Hardback, $37.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction/Lifestyle & Fashion/Interior Design 7.5/10   Simply Styling is the first book by stylist, interior designer and editor of the Simply Grove blog, Kirsten Grove. The […]

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BOOK REVIEW: A Letter from Italy by Pamela Hart

BOOK REVIEW: A Letter from Italy by Pamela Hart

| 17 March 2017 | 2 Replies

BOOK REVIEW: A Letter from Italy by Pamela Hart Hachette Australia March 2017 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Fiction/Historic Fiction 9/10 A Letter from Italy is a romantic story that isn’t just ruled by its heart. It’s a novel inspired by Louise Mack, the first female war correspondent who worked during the First World […]

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BOOK REVIEW: How to Win at Feminism the Definitive Guide to having it all – and Then Some! by Reductress, Elizabeth Newell, Sarah Pappalardo, Anna Drezen

BOOK REVIEW: How to Win at Feminism the Definitive Guide to having it all – and Then Some! by Reductress, Elizabeth Newell, Sarah Pappalardo, Anna Drezen

| 12 March 2017 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: How to Win at Feminism the Definitive Guide to having it all – and Then Some! by Reductress, Elizabeth Newell, Sarah Pappalardo, Anna Drezen Harlequin UK November 2016 Paperback, $34.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction/Society & Culture 5/10 Comedy is something that looks easy but is really difficult. It’s also something that can […]

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BOOK REVIEW: A Beginner’s Guide to Losing Your Mind by Emily Reynolds

BOOK REVIEW: A Beginner’s Guide to Losing Your Mind by Emily Reynolds

| 6 March 2017 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: A Beginner’s Guide to Losing Your Mind by Emily Reynolds Hodder & Stoughton February 2017 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction/Family & Health 8/10 English freelance journalist Emily Reynolds was a teenager when she first developed bipolar disorder. It proved a hard diagnosis because it took around a decade of visits to […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Ayesha’s Gift – A Daughter’s Search for the Truth about Her Father by Martin Sixsmith

BOOK REVIEW: Ayesha’s Gift – A Daughter’s Search for the Truth about Her Father by Martin Sixsmith

| 22 February 2017 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Ayesha’s Gift – A Daughter’s Search for the Truth about Her Father by Martin Sixsmith Simon & Schuster February 2017 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / History / Biography 8.5/10 Ayesha’s Gift is a book that could also be called “Ayesha’s Curse” because it is brimming with sorrow. It’s the fictionalised […]

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BOOK REVIEW: NeuroSlimming by Helena Popovic

BOOK REVIEW: NeuroSlimming by Helena Popovic

| 17 February 2017 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: NeuroSlimming by Helena Popovic Penguin Books Australia January 2017 Paperback, $35.00 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction/Fitness & Diet 7/10 We live in an obesogenic environment. It’s a world of fast living, sedentary jobs and leisure activities, labour-saving devices, and an overabundance of cheap, accessible, energy-dense, nutrient poor, highly-processed foods. It’s also an environment […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Hidden Figures – The Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly

BOOK REVIEW: Hidden Figures – The Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly

| 9 February 2017 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Hidden Figures – The Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly HarperCollins December 2016 Paperback, $31.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction/Social & Cultural History 8/10 For too long the African-American women who worked for the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA, a precursor to NASA) […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Among the Lemon Trees by Nadia Marks

BOOK REVIEW: Among the Lemon Trees by Nadia Marks

| 26 January 2017 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Among the Lemon Trees by Nadia Marks Macmillan Australia December 2016 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Fiction/Romance 6/10 Love is a wonderful thing. We all want to experience it. Many musicians, artists and writers have used it as inspiration, but it was perhaps Darren Hanlon who put it best when he sang, “Love […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Iced Beer & Other Tantalising Tips for Life by Lee Lin Chin & Chris Leben

BOOK REVIEW: Iced Beer & Other Tantalising Tips for Life by Lee Lin Chin & Chris Leben

| 7 January 2017 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Iced Beer & Other Tantalising Tips for Life by Lee Lin Chin & Chris Leben Penguin Books November 2016 Paperback, $19.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction/Comedy & Humour 7.5/10 Iced Beer & Other Tantalising Tips for Life is a short book that is billed as a sort of advice manual by the self-proclaimed “Prime […]

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Natalie’s Top 5 Reads for 2016

Natalie’s Top 5 Reads for 2016

| 23 December 2016 | Reply

At the start of 2016 I resolved to read more. I stopped listening to music and zoning out on public transport and decided I would always carry a book around in my handbag. Suffice it to say I achieved this resolution and this was largely thanks to receiving a number of free books from competitions and […]

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