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BOOK REVIEW: Alive at Work: The Neuroscience of Helping Your People Love What They Do by Daniel M. Cable

BOOK REVIEW: Alive at Work: The Neuroscience of Helping Your People Love What They Do by Daniel M. Cable

| 9 October 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Alive at Work: The Neuroscience of Helping Your People Love What They Do by Daniel M. Cable Harvard Business Review Press June 2018 Hardcover, $44.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Business & Management 7/10 A lot of people proudly proclaim that they work to live and not live to work. Daniel M. […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

BOOK REVIEW: Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

| 7 October 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty Pan Macmillan Australia September 2018 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Fiction / Modern & Contemporary Fiction 7.5/10 A wellness retreat may instil images of green smoothies, yoga, some crystals, and a massage. But what if this setting was hiding something more sinister? This idea is covered […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Disney Ideas Book by Elizabeth Dowsett

BOOK REVIEW: Disney Ideas Book by Elizabeth Dowsett

| 6 October 2018 | Reply

  BOOK REVIEW: Disney Ideas Book by Elizabeth Dowsett Dorling Kindersley October 2018 Hardcover, $39.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Activity Books / Arts & Craft / Media Tie-In 10/10   Bring your love of Disney to life with more than 100 amazing and creative projects and activities. Let your imagination run wild with Disney inspired […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Stand Up Straight! A History of Posture by Sander L. Gilman

BOOK REVIEW: Stand Up Straight! A History of Posture by Sander L. Gilman

| 5 October 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Stand Up Straight! A History of Posture by Sander L. Gilman Reaktion Books April 2018 Hardcover, $49.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / History 5/10 Sander L. Gilman has become an authority on the human body. The professor has written and edited over 90 books, including ones that examined our attitudes towards obesity […]

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BOOK REVIEW: A Year at Hotel Gondola by Nicky Pellegrino

BOOK REVIEW: A Year at Hotel Gondola by Nicky Pellegrino

| 3 October 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: A Year at Hotel Gondola by Nicky Pellegrino Hachette New Zealand Ltd March 2018 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Fiction / Contemporary Romance 7/10 They say you’ve never been to Venice until you’ve gotten lost there. Nicky Pellegrino’s breezy romance novel does offer some opportunities to do just that. She captures the […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World – And Why Things Are Better than You Think by Hans Rosling with Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling Ronnlund

BOOK REVIEW: Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World – And Why Things Are Better than You Think by Hans Rosling with Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling Ronnlund

| 1 October 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World – And Why Things Are Better than You Think by Hans Rosling with Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling Ronnlund Hodder & Stoughton April 2018 Hardcover, $26.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Self-Help & Personal Development / Popular Psychology 8/10 The late researcher, lecturer and […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Robin – The Definitive Biography of Robin Williams by Dave Itzkoff

BOOK REVIEW: Robin – The Definitive Biography of Robin Williams by Dave Itzkoff

| 29 September 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Robin – The Definitive Biography of Robin Williams by Dave Itzkoff Pan Macmillan May 2018 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Biographies & True Stories 8/10 Robin Williams was a contradictory star. He had a larger-than-life stage persona even though he was an introvert at heart. A hilarious man who could […]

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BOOK REVIEW: From Hero to Zero – Middle School by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts, illustrated by Laura Park

BOOK REVIEW: From Hero to Zero – Middle School by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts, illustrated by Laura Park

| 27 September 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: From Hero to Zero – Middle School by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts, illustrated by Laura Park Penguin Random House March 2018 Paperback, $15.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Fiction / Children’s Fiction / School Stories 5/10 James Patterson is a number one, best-selling author of thriller books. He also writes for children and […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Desert Nurse by Pamela Hart

BOOK REVIEW: The Desert Nurse by Pamela Hart

| 25 September 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Desert Nurse by Pamela Hart Hachette Australia July 2018 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Fiction / Historical Romance 7/10 Pamela Hart takes a leaf out of Natasha Lester’s book in her latest novel, The Desert Nurse. Hart once again sets her story during World War I and has a strong, female […]

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BOOK REVIEW: And the Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness, illustrated by Rovina Cai

BOOK REVIEW: And the Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness, illustrated by Rovina Cai

| 24 September 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: And the Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness, illustrated by Rovina Cai  Walker Books September 2018 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult / Fantasy / Retelling 6/10 We are proud, proud creatures of the ocean. We dominate it, conquer it, there is no creature in it that doesn’t flee before […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Computer Coding Python Games for Kids by Carol Vorderman

BOOK REVIEW: Computer Coding Python Games for Kids by Carol Vorderman

| 23 September 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Computer Coding Python Games for Kids by Carol Vorderman Dorling Kindersley Ltd July 2018 Paperback, $35.00 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Science & Technology for Children & Teenagers 8/10 Tomorrow’s programmers are getting a head-start today with the release of various coding books aimed specifically at kids. For those people who think […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Catching Teller Crow by Ambelin Kwaymullina & Ezekiel Kwaymullina

BOOK REVIEW: Catching Teller Crow by Ambelin Kwaymullina & Ezekiel Kwaymullina

| 23 September 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Catching Teller Crow by Ambelin Kwaymullina & Ezekiel Kwaymullina Allen & Unwin August 2019 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult / Paranormal / Cultural Australia 8/10   Nothing’s been the same for Beth Teller since she died. Her dad, a detective, is the only one who can see and hear her […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Mouth of the Dark by Tim Waggoner

BOOK REVIEW: The Mouth of the Dark by Tim Waggoner

| 16 September 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Mouth of the Dark by Tim Waggoner Flame Tree Press – Fiction Without Frontiers September 2018 Paperback, £9.95 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Horror / Dark Fantasy 5/10 Jayce’s twenty-year-old daughter Emory is missing, lost in a dark, dangerous realm called Shadow that exists alongside our own reality. An enigmatic woman named Nicola guides […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Creature by Hunter Shea

BOOK REVIEW: Creature by Hunter Shea

| 14 September 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Creature by Hunter Shea Flame Tree Press – Fiction Without Frontiers September 2018 Paperback, £9.95 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Horror / Supernatural 8/10 She had been in worse shape before. Much worse. Last rites and funeral arrangements kind of shape. Kate had come out of it like a modern-day Lazarus. But she was tired. […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas

BOOK REVIEW: The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas

| 13 September 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas Head of Zeus August 2018 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell General Fiction / Speculative Fiction 8/10   1967: Four female scientists invent a time-travel machine. They are on the cusp of fame: the pioneers who opened the world to new possibilities. But then one […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Property – A Collection by Lionel Shriver

BOOK REVIEW: Property – A Collection by Lionel Shriver

| 5 September 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Property – A Collection by Lionel Shriver Harper Collins Publishers April 2018 Paperback, $35.00 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Fiction / Modern & Contemporary Fiction / Short Stories 8.5/10 Lionel Shriver is a renowned storyteller and the author of We Need to Talk about Kevin. She’s also a brilliant observer and one could argue […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Two Sisters written by Åsne Seierstad and translated by Seán Kinsella

BOOK REVIEW: Two Sisters written by Åsne Seierstad and translated by Seán Kinsella

| 3 September 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Two Sisters written by Åsne Seierstad and translated by Seán Kinsella Little, Brown Book Group March 2018 Paperback, $49.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Biographies & True Stories / Discovery, History & Science 9/10 Åsne Seierstad is no stranger to writing about war and conflict. The Norwegian journalist is the best-selling author […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The World’s Worst Children 3 written by David Walliams & illustrated by Tony Ross

BOOK REVIEW: The World’s Worst Children 3 written by David Walliams & illustrated by Tony Ross

| 1 September 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The World’s Worst Children 3 written by David Walliams & illustrated by Tony Ross HarperCollins May 2018 Paperback, $24.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Fiction / Children’s Fiction / Humour 9/10 The President of the United States dubbed it the “Greatest book ever written.” Well, that’s if you believe the joke. This title – […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The New Kid: Unpopular Me by James O’Loghlin, illustrated by Matthew Martin

BOOK REVIEW: The New Kid: Unpopular Me by James O’Loghlin, illustrated by Matthew Martin

| 31 August 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The New Kid: Unpopular Me by James O’Loghlin, illustrated by Matthew Martin Pan Macmillan Australia May 2018 Paperback, $9.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Fiction / Children & Teenagers / Children’s Fiction 8.5/10 We all know what it’s like to be the new person, whether it’s starting a new job or going to a […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Lifel1k3 by Jay Kristoff

BOOK REVIEW: Lifel1k3 by Jay Kristoff

| 30 August 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Lifel1k3 by Jay Kristoff Allen & Unwin May 2018 Paperback, $19.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult / Science Fiction 6/10 The Three Laws of Robotics 1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. YOUR BODY IS NOT YOUR OWN. 2. A robot […]

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