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BOOK REVIEW: The Un-Discovered Islands by Malachy Tallack, illustrated by Katie Scott

BOOK REVIEW: The Un-Discovered Islands by Malachy Tallack, illustrated by Katie Scott

| 17 February 2017 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Un-Discovered Islands by Malachy Tallack, illustrated by Katie Scott Polygon January 2017 Hardcover, $34.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell History/Geography/Myth 8/10 The title of this book refers to a very specific type of island; not one that is yet to be discovered, but one was believed to be real at some point but […]

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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: BEING ELVIS – A LONELY LIFE by Ray Connolly

BOOK REVIEW: BEING ELVIS – A LONELY LIFE by Ray Connolly

| 13 February 2017 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: BEING ELVIS – A LONELY LIFE by Ray Connolly Hachette Australia – rrp$35.00 November 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 ½ /10 Ray Connolly’s superbly researched book documents the sensational highs and terribly sad lows of Elvis Presley’s career: a career which was, Connolly says, contrary to what he actually wanted to do. […]

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COOKBOOK REVIEW: BREAD STREET KITCHEN by Gordon Ramsey & the Bread Street Kitchen Team

COOKBOOK REVIEW: BREAD STREET KITCHEN by Gordon Ramsey & the Bread Street Kitchen Team

| 13 February 2017 | Reply

COOKBOOK REVIEW: BREAD STREET KITCHEN by Gordon Ramsey & the Bread Street Kitchen Team Hachette Australia – rrp$49.99 December 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Gordon Ramsey’s £3 million Bread Street Kitchen – which opened in London 2011 and now has outlets in Dubai, Hong Kong and Singapore – gets its own cookbook, featuring 100 […]

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COOKBOOK REVIEW: THE BACON JAM COOKBOOK

COOKBOOK REVIEW: THE BACON JAM COOKBOOK

| 13 February 2017 | Reply

COOKBOOK REVIEW: THE BACON JAM COOKBOOK Hachette Australia – rrp$39.99 November 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9 ½ /10 As a self-confessed bacon addict, these guys had me at ‘bacon jam.’ Produced by the Eat 17 stores out of London, and named after their world-wide success, Bacon Jam, it’s not just a collection recipe, it’s […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Good Morning, Midnight by Lilly Brooks-Dalton

BOOK REVIEW: Good Morning, Midnight by Lilly Brooks-Dalton

| 11 February 2017 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Good Morning, Midnight by Lilly Brooks-Dalton Weidenfeld & Nicolson August 2016 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Literary/Science Fiction 6/10   Augustine, a brilliant, aging astronomer, is consumed by the stars. For years he has lived in remote outposts, studying the sky for evidence of how the universe began. At his latest posting, […]

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BOOK REVIEW: MWD: Hell is Coming Home by Brian David Johnson and Jan Egleson, illustrated by Laila Milevski and Karl Stevens

BOOK REVIEW: MWD: Hell is Coming Home by Brian David Johnson and Jan Egleson, illustrated by Laila Milevski and Karl Stevens

| 10 February 2017 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: MWD: Hell is Coming Home by Brian David Johnson and Jan Egleson, illustrated by Laila Milevski and Karl Stevens Candlewick Press February 2017 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Graphic Novel 7/10 With unflinching candor, a moving graphic novel follows a young woman’s return from war and her bond with two dogs—one who […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land

BOOK REVIEW: Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land

| 9 February 2017 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land Penguin|Michael Joseph January 2017 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Psychological Thriller 6/10   NEW NAME. NEW FAMILY. SHINY. NEW. ME. Annie’s mother is a serial killer. The only way she can make it stop is to hand her in to the police. Dragged from your […]

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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: A Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom

BOOK REVIEW: A Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom

| 2 February 2017 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: A Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom Harper Collins January 2017 Paperback, $19.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult 8/10   “We spoke yesterday but you might not recall. Do you know why you’re here?” I twirl my finger around my left ear. He smiles a little. “That doesn’t actually mean anything […]

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COOKBOOK REVIEW: Salads & Vegetables by Karen Martini

COOKBOOK REVIEW: Salads & Vegetables by Karen Martini

| 1 February 2017 | Reply

COOKBOOK REVIEW: Salads & Vegetables by Karen Martini Pan Macmillan Australia  November 2016 Paperback, $39.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Cooking 7/10 A veteran of the Melbourne restaurant scene and regular contributor to Fairfax Media’s Good Food and Epicure lift-outs, as well as a prominent TV presence on My Kitchen Rules and Better Homes And Gardens, Karen […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Forever Words by Johnny Cash

BOOK REVIEW: Forever Words by Johnny Cash

| 1 February 2017 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Forever Words by Johnny Cash Allen & Unwin December 2016 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Poetry 9/10 When The Man In Black passed away in September 2003, he left reams of papers, which Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and Princeton professor Paul Muldoon has sifted through to curate 41 poems which span most of his life. […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

BOOK REVIEW: Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

| 31 January 2017 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth Harper Collins January 2017 Paperback, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult/Speculative 3/10 So Veronica Roth, author of Divergent, Insurgent, Allegiant, and subsequent short stories in the same universe is back! There is a lot of hype around this book and so many elements that showed potential. Surely, after […]

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COOKBOOK REVIEW: Damn Fine Cherry Pie by Lindsey Bowden

COOKBOOK REVIEW: Damn Fine Cherry Pie by Lindsey Bowden

| 30 January 2017 | Reply

COOKBOOK REVIEW: Damn Fine Cherry Pie by Lindsey Bowden Hachette Australia November 2016 Hardcover, $39.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Cooking 8/10 It may be an unauthorised collection, but this volume of recipes inspired by the wonderful food which served as such a distraction on David Lynch’s sometimes-wacky, sometimes-cerebral, always-interesting series Twin Peaks. To her credit Lindsey […]

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BOOK REVIEW: History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund

BOOK REVIEW: History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund

| 28 January 2017 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund Weidenfeld & Nicolson January 2017 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Fiction/Literary 8/10 By their nature, it came to me, children were freaks. They believed impossible things to suit themselves, thought their fantasies were the center of the world. They were the best kinds of quacks, if […]

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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: AC/DC In Full Flight by Alan Perry

BOOK REVIEW: AC/DC In Full Flight by Alan Perry

| 24 January 2017 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: AC/DC In Full Flight by Alan Perry Wymer Publishing  November 2016 Hardcover, £79.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Music Biography 9/10 Wymer Publishing’s collection of Alan Perry’s photographs of AC/DC – taken in England between 1978 and 1982 – comes in a deluxe, individually numbered flight case, along with ten postcards and five glossy A4 […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Invasion by Luke Rhinehart

BOOK REVIEW: Invasion by Luke Rhinehart

| 20 January 2017 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Invasion by Luke Rhinehart Titan Books December 2016 Paperback, $19.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Fiction 8.5 /10 In 1971 Luke Rhinehart wrote the anarchic, disturbing The Dice Man, the story of a psychiatrist who surrenders every decision of his life to the roll of a dice. It was confronting and raised many serious philosophical […]

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BOOK REVIEW: 18 And Life On Skid Row by Sebastian Bach

BOOK REVIEW: 18 And Life On Skid Row by Sebastian Bach

| 20 January 2017 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: 18 And Life On Skid Row by Sebastian Bach Harper Collins Australia December 2016 Paperback,  $29.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Biography/Music 8/10 Anyone who has interviewed or talked with Sebastian Bach at a gig will tell you that he’s a garrulous sort of chap, never backwards in coming forwards, and this entertaining autobiography reads like […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Defender by G.X. Todd

BOOK REVIEW: Defender by G.X. Todd

| 14 January 2017 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Defender by G.X. Todd Headline January 2017 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Speculative Fiction 5/10 The theory behind the bicameral mind argues that there was not such a thing as an internal mindscape, that we didn’t learn to internalise our thoughts until well after the Bible was written (sources such as Homer’s […]

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