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BOOK REVIEW: The Dog Runner by Bren MacDibble

BOOK REVIEW: The Dog Runner by Bren MacDibble

| 18 February 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Dog Runner by Bren MacDibble Allen & Unwin February 2019 Paperback, $16.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Middle Grade / Climate Fiction 7.5/10 ‘We’re gonna starve if we stay here,’ Emery said. ‘If we’re gonna go, best go now.’  And he said it like going was something easy. Like all we have to […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Afterwards by A.F. Harrold, illustrated by Emily Gravett

BOOK REVIEW: The Afterwards by A.F. Harrold, illustrated by Emily Gravett

| 17 February 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Afterwards by A.F. Harrold, illustrated by Emily Gravett Bloomsbury Children’s Books November 2018 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Middle Grade 5/10 Its voice was kind, firm, honest, sharp, but reserved. A short distance away from being warm. ‘I know what you’re thinking,’ it said. ‘I can hear you across the town,’ […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Mr Ordinary Goes to Jail by Wil Patterson

BOOK REVIEW: Mr Ordinary Goes to Jail by Wil Patterson

| 16 February 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Mr Ordinary Goes to Jail by Wil Patterson Finch Publishing June 2018 Paperback, $27.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Biographies & True Stories / Memoirs 60% Rocking For most people, their idea of prison is like a combination of Orange is the New Black and Prison Break. The book, Mr Ordinary Goes […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Disasters by M.K. England

BOOK REVIEW: The Disasters by M.K. England

| 15 February 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Disasters by M.K. England Harper Teen December 2018 Paperback, $19.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult / Science Fiction 8/10 Hotshot pilot Nax Hall has a history of making poor life choices. So it’s not exactly a surprise when he’s kicked out of the elite Ellis Station Academy in less than twenty-four […]

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BOOK REVIEW: A Certain Style: Beatrice Davis, a literary life, 2nd Edition by Jacqueline Kent

BOOK REVIEW: A Certain Style: Beatrice Davis, a literary life, 2nd Edition by Jacqueline Kent

| 13 February 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: A Certain Style: Beatrice Davis, a literary life, 2nd Edition by Jacqueline Kent NewSouth Publishing September 2018 Paperback, $34.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Biographies & True Stories 90% Rocking Beatrice Davis always knew that someone would write a book about her. This formidable woman was Australia’s most acclaimed book editor. An […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Year of the Farmer by Rosalie Ham

BOOK REVIEW: The Year of the Farmer by Rosalie Ham

| 9 February 2019 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Year of the Farmer by Rosalie Ham Pan Macmillan Australia September 2018 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Fiction / Modern & contemporary fiction 50% Rocking Rosalie Ham is a country girl through and through. The author of the hit novel, The Dressmaker has written her fourth book, which is set in […]

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BOOK REVIEW: IGUANA BOY SAVES THE WORLD WITH A TRIPLE CHEESE PIZZA by James Bishop and Rikin Parekh

BOOK REVIEW: IGUANA BOY SAVES THE WORLD WITH A TRIPLE CHEESE PIZZA by James Bishop and Rikin Parekh

| 8 February 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: IGUANA BOY SAVES THE WORLD WITH A TRIPLE CHEESE PIZZA by James Bishop and Rikin Parekh Hachette Australia May 2018 Paperback, rrp $14.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Children’s 76% It’s hard enough when your older brother and sister are superheroes and super obnoxious – but when you finally find your own superpower and […]

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BOOK REVIEW: MY FIRST FRIDA KAHLO by Isabel Sanchez Vegara & Eng Gee Fan

BOOK REVIEW: MY FIRST FRIDA KAHLO by Isabel Sanchez Vegara & Eng Gee Fan

| 8 February 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: MY FIRST FRIDA KAHLO by Isabel Sanchez Vegara & Eng Gee Fan Quarto Group UK June 2018 Hardcover, rrp $12.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Children’s, biography 90% A simple, sweet and appropriate introductory book for very young children about the life of amazing Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, with super cute illustrations by Eng […]

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COOKBOOK REVIEW: KOREAN FOOD MADE EASY by Caroline Hwang

COOKBOOK REVIEW: KOREAN FOOD MADE EASY by Caroline Hwang

| 8 February 2019 | Reply

COOKBOOK REVIEW: KOREAN FOOD MADE EASY by Caroline Hwang Murdoch Books June 2018 Paperback, rrp $39.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Cookbook 75% There is so much more to Korean food than kimchi and tabletop barbecuing, and Caroline Hwang is here to show us what. Korean Food Made Easy devotes sections to both of these delicious […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Ship That Never Was- The Greatest Escape Story of Australian Colonial History by Adam Courtenay

BOOK REVIEW: The Ship That Never Was- The Greatest Escape Story of Australian Colonial History by Adam Courtenay

| 5 February 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Ship That Never Was- The Greatest Escape Story of Australian Colonial History by Adam Courtenay ABC Books May 2018 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / History 90% Rocking James Porter was a convict who once had two choices: a) toe the line and eventually be released or b) escape prison. […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan

BOOK REVIEW: Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan

| 1 February 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan Simon & Schuster Ltd January 2018 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Fiction / Modern & Contemporary Fiction 85% Rocking He’s a well-respected man around London town. Or is he? In Sarah Vaughan’s third novel she examines a rape trial involving a charming, family man who […]

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BOOK REVIEW: You’re on an Airplane – A Self-Mythologizing Memoir by Parker Posey

BOOK REVIEW: You’re on an Airplane – A Self-Mythologizing Memoir by Parker Posey

| 25 January 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: You’re on an Airplane – A Self-Mythologizing Memoir by Parker Posey Virago July 2018 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Biographies & True Stories 50% Rocking Parker Posey puts the ‘me’ into memoir. In her debut book, You’re on an Airplane, the indie actress uses the conceit that she and the […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Lost Man by Jane Harper

BOOK REVIEW: The Lost Man by Jane Harper

| 22 January 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Lost Man by Jane Harper Pan Macmillan Australia October 2018 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Fiction / Modern & Contemporary Fiction 90% Rocking Jane Harper created a literary storm with the release of her debut thriller, The Dry. In her third novel, The Lost Man, Harper continues her masterful storytelling. You […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Pink Ink by Harry Cook

BOOK REVIEW: Pink Ink by Harry Cook

| 19 January 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Pink Ink by Harry Cook Finch Publishing August 2018 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Biographies & True Stories 80% Rocking Twenty-seven seems like it’s a bit young to write a memoir. But actor and LGBTQI activist Harry Cook has crammed quite a few things into his professional and personal life […]

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BOOK REVIEW: THANKS A LOT MR KIBBLEWHITE by Roger Daltrey

BOOK REVIEW: THANKS A LOT MR KIBBLEWHITE by Roger Daltrey

| 15 January 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: THANKS A LOT MR KIBBLEWHITE by Roger Daltrey Allen & Unwin November 2018 Paperback, rrp $24.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Autobiography 90% Legendary frontman of The Who, Roger Daltrey, delivers a hugely entertaining autobiography, named as a middle finger raised to his dismissive old school teacher, Mr Kibblewhite. Kibblewhite wasn’t the only one […]

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BOOK REVIEW: KILLER T by Robert Muchamore

BOOK REVIEW: KILLER T by Robert Muchamore

| 20 December 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: KILLER T by Robert Muchamore Bonnier August 2018 Paperback, $19.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Speculative scientific thriller 7/10   Robert Muchamore’s futuristic thriller Killer T has a love story at its heart, one that spans ten years and ample tragedy. Along the way he deftly raises serious practical and philosophical questions about genetic […]

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BOOK REVIEW: BON: The Last Highway by Jesse Fink

BOOK REVIEW: BON: The Last Highway by Jesse Fink

| 9 December 2018 | 5 Replies

BOOK REVIEW: BON: The Last Highway by Jesse Fink Ebury Australia $34.99 Paperback, biography November 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 4/10 Jesse Fink has written about AC/DC before, with his book The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC being published in twenty countries across ten languages, and it seems to have been successful enough for […]

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BOOK REVIEW: THE LEGO BOOK [New Edition]

BOOK REVIEW: THE LEGO BOOK [New Edition]

| 17 November 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: THE LEGO BOOK [New Edition] DK Books October 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 Updated for the first time since 2012, The Lego Book has been re-released to coincide with the sixtieth birthday of Lego itself, and the fortieth birthday of the much-loved Lego mini-figures. Containing a wealth of fascinating information The Lego […]

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BOOK REVIEW: MICHAEL. MY BROTHER, LOST BOY OF INXS by Tina Hutchence with Jen Jewel Brown

BOOK REVIEW: MICHAEL. MY BROTHER, LOST BOY OF INXS by Tina Hutchence with Jen Jewel Brown

| 17 November 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: MICHAEL. MY BROTHER, LOST BOY OF INXS by Tina Hutchence with Jen Jewel Brown Allen & Unwin September 2018 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Biography 8 ½ /10 up to the end… 5/10 for the end As sister to Michael Hutchence, Tina Hutchence’s memoir of her brother’s life is exactly the peek […]

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BOOK REVIEW: JIMMY PAGE: THE DEFINITIVE BIOGRAPHY by Chris Salewicz

BOOK REVIEW: JIMMY PAGE: THE DEFINITIVE BIOGRAPHY by Chris Salewicz

| 17 November 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: JIMMY PAGE: THE DEFINITIVE BIOGRAPHY by Chris Salewicz Harper Collins July 2018 $32.99 Paperback, biography Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 Veteran scribe Chris Salewicz draws from his own meetings and interviews with the enigmatic Led Zeppelin guitarist, as well as many others who circled the force of nature that was Zeppelin, to assemble […]

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