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BOOK REVIEW: The After Wife by Cass Hunter

BOOK REVIEW: The After Wife by Cass Hunter

| 22 August 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The After Wife by Cass Hunter Orion March 2018 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Fiction / Contemporary 7/10 A surprising and emotional story starring an unforgettable heroine, for fans of Together, The Lovely Bones and The Time Traveller’s Wife When Rachel and Aidan fell in love, they thought it was forever. She was a brilliant, high-flying […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Now, Where Was I? by Glenn Shorrock

BOOK REVIEW: Now, Where Was I? by Glenn Shorrock

| 22 August 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Now, Where Was I? by Glenn Shorrock New Holland Publishers June 2018 Hardback, $35.00 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Autobiography 8/10 Glenn Shorrock’s autobiography is a lot like his music: laid back and fun, never delving too deep into the dark and gritty stuff, he tells his story of a life singing out front […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Warhol A to Z by Steve Wilde & Alice Oehr

BOOK REVIEW: Warhol A to Z by Steve Wilde & Alice Oehr

| 22 August 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Warhol A to Z by Steve Wilde & Alice Oehr Smith Street Books July 2018 Hardcover, $29.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Picture book / Biography 9/10 Warhol A to Z does so much more than it says on the tin. Trawling through the life of the pop art icon, Alice Oehr’s evocative, childlike […]

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BOOK REVIEW: You Are Awesome by Matthew Syed

BOOK REVIEW: You Are Awesome by Matthew Syed

| 22 August 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: You Are Awesome by Matthew Syed Wren & Rook May 2018 Paperback, $19.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Paperback / Self-help / Children’s 10/10 Matthew Syed has cleverly constructed an essential helper to any kid (or adult) who is struggling with direction, motivation or self-confidence – and in my experience that is most of us. […]

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BOOK REVIEW: A Song Only I Can Hear by Barry Jonsberg

BOOK REVIEW: A Song Only I Can Hear by Barry Jonsberg

| 22 August 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: A Song Only I Can Hear by Barry Jonsberg Allen & Unwin June 2018 Paperback, $16.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Paperback / Teen / LGBTQIA 9/10 Thirteen year old Rob Fitzgerald has fallen head over heels for the new girl at school, but for a super shy teen, even talking to her is […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Girl with the Lost Smile written by Miranda Hart and illustrated by Kate Hindley

BOOK REVIEW: The Girl with the Lost Smile written by Miranda Hart and illustrated by Kate Hindley

| 22 August 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Girl with the Lost Smile written by Miranda Hart and illustrated by Kate Hindley Hachette Children’s Group October 2017 Paperback, $26.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Fiction / Children & Teenagers / Action & Adventure 7/10 As much as we’d love our lives to be one big festival of happiness, the reality is […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Consent by Leo Benedictus

BOOK REVIEW: Consent by Leo Benedictus

| 20 August 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Consent by Leo Benedictus Faber & Faber February 2018 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Crime / Thriller 2/10 Note: This cover does NOT have a black border… but it disappeared in the white background of the page.   This book is an experiment. We’re experimenting together. You are part of the experiment, if […]

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BOOK REVIEW: My Mother, a Serial Killer by Hazel Baron and Janet Fife-Yeomans

BOOK REVIEW: My Mother, a Serial Killer by Hazel Baron and Janet Fife-Yeomans

| 19 August 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: My Mother, a Serial Killer by Hazel Baron and Janet Fife-Yeomans Harper Collins March 2018 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Biographies & True Stories / True Crime 6.5/10 Dulcie Bodsworth murdered three men. And she would have got away with it too, if it weren’t for her pesky daughter. This […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Mulberry Tree by Allison Rushby

BOOK REVIEW: The Mulberry Tree by Allison Rushby

| 18 August 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Mulberry Tree by Allison Rushby Walker Books July 2018 Paperback, $17.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Middle Grade / Mystery / Supernatural 6/10 Do naught wrong by the mulberry tree, or she’ll take your daughters … one, two, three. Ten-year-old Immy and her family run away from their storm cloud of problems to […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Court Reporter by Jamelle Wells

BOOK REVIEW: The Court Reporter by Jamelle Wells

| 17 August 2018 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Court Reporter by Jamelle Wells ABC Books February 2018 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Biographies & True Stories / True Crime 9/10 For the majority of us who don’t work in jobs related to the criminal justice system or who haven’t chosen to become court watchers in our spare […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Ponti by Sharlene Teo

BOOK REVIEW: Ponti by Sharlene Teo

| 16 August 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Ponti by Sharlene Teo Picador April 2018 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Fiction / Contemporary / Literary 6/10 One day I will learn to be as expertly cruel as she is. She finds the weakness she wants behind the eyes, tucked within crow’s feet and worry lines, all that fear and blind […]

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BOOK REVIEW: How to Buy a Home – From Debt to a Deposit by Emily Power

BOOK REVIEW: How to Buy a Home – From Debt to a Deposit by Emily Power

| 15 August 2018 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: How to Buy a Home – From Debt to a Deposit by Emily Power Random House Australia May 2018 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Accounting & Finance / Property & Real Estate 6/10 Home ownership has long been considered the great Australian dream. But when you’re a first home buyer […]

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BOOK REVIEW: One Way by S. J. Morden

BOOK REVIEW: One Way by S. J. Morden

| 14 August 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: One Way by S. J. Morden Gollancz April 2018 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Science Fiction / Mystery 8/10 “This isn’t a pardon. You’ll remain guilty of second-degree murder. This isn’t commuting your sentence. You’ll serve the rest of your hundred and twenty years. This isn’t parole. You’ll be at all times […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Weird Beard: Bab Sharkey and the Animal Mummies by Andrew Hansen and Jessica Roberts

BOOK REVIEW: The Weird Beard: Bab Sharkey and the Animal Mummies by Andrew Hansen and Jessica Roberts

| 13 August 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Bab Sharkey and the Animal Mummies – The Weird Beard by Andrew Hansen and Jessica Roberts Walker Books Australia May 2018 Paperback, $14.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Children’s Fiction / Middle Grade / Action & Adventure 7.5/10 The Chaser’s Andrew Hansen, along with his designer/illustrator wife Jessica Roberts, joins a long list of Australian […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Book Ninja by Ali Berg and Michelle Kalus

BOOK REVIEW: The Book Ninja by Ali Berg and Michelle Kalus

| 12 August 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Book Ninja by Ali Berg and Michelle Kalus Simon & Schuster Australia June 2018 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell General Fiction / Romance / Contemporary 7.5/10 Sometimes love means having to broaden your literary horizons. Frankie Rose is desperate for love. Or a relationship. Or just a date with a semi-normal […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Misogynation – The True Scale of Sexism by Laura Bates

BOOK REVIEW: Misogynation – The True Scale of Sexism by Laura Bates

| 11 August 2018 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Misogynation – The True Scale of Sexism by Laura Bates Simon & Schuster Ltd April 2018 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Society & Culture 6.5/10 We do not live in a bubble. Feminist author, advocate, and Everyday Sexism Project founder Laura Bates knows this all too well. In her third […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Rory Branagan, Detective by Andrew Clover and Ralph Lazar

BOOK REVIEW: Rory Branagan, Detective by Andrew Clover and Ralph Lazar

| 10 August 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Rory Branagan, Detective by Andrew Clover and Ralph Lazar HarperCollins March 2018 Paperback, $14.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Middle Grade / Mystery 3/10 ‘I’d like to know,’ I tell her, ‘WHERE my dad went. He disappeared when I was three. And I’d just like someone to tell me WHY.’ She comes so close […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Paris Seamstress by Natasha Lester

BOOK REVIEW: The Paris Seamstress by Natasha Lester

| 9 August 2018 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Paris Seamstress by Natasha Lester Hachette Australia March 2018 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Fiction / Modern & Contemporary Fiction 7/10 Natasha Lester’s previous two historic novels have starred strong female protagonists trailblazing away in a man’s world. The Paris Seamstress is essentially cut from the same cloth. This means that […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Hive by A.J. Betts

BOOK REVIEW: Hive by A.J. Betts

| 8 August 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Hive by A.J. Betts Pan Macmillan June 2018 Paperback, $16.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult / Science Fiction / Dystopia 6/10 All I can tell you is what I remember, in the words that I have. Hayley tends to her bees and follows the rules in the only world she has ever […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Every Note Played by Lisa Genova

BOOK REVIEW: Every Note Played by Lisa Genova

| 7 August 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Every Note Played by Lisa Genova Simon & Schuster Australia April 2018 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Fiction / Modern & Contemporary Fiction 7/10 Some people’s experience with motor neurone disease or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is confined to their knowledge of the late Stephen Hawking. Others may also know about the […]

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