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COOKBOOK: BAKELAND by Marit Hovland

COOKBOOK: BAKELAND by Marit Hovland

| 20 October 2018 | Reply

COOKBOOK: BAKELAND by Marit Hovland Greystone Books July 2018 Hardcover, $44.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Cookbook 10/10 At the risk of sounding over-privileged, when one gets a lot of cookbooks come through for review, most of them tend to blur into a bland, generic mid-range where inspiration and innovation rarely visits.       So […]

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COOKBOOK: MAZI – Modern Greek Food by Christina Mouratoglou and Adrien Carré

COOKBOOK: MAZI – Modern Greek Food by Christina Mouratoglou and Adrien Carré

| 20 October 2018 | Reply

COOKBOOK: MAZI – Modern Greek Food by Christina Mouratoglou and Adrien Carré Octopus Publishing Group March 2018 Hardcover, $39.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Cookbook 7 ½ /10 When Mazi restaurant opened in London in 2012 there were precious few Greek restaurants offering any kind of innovative take on Greek cuisine, but they soon enticed a […]

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COOKBOOK: SOUK by Nadia Zerouali & Merijn Tol

COOKBOOK: SOUK by Nadia Zerouali & Merijn Tol

| 20 October 2018 | Reply

COOKBOOK: SOUK by Nadia Zerouali & Merijn Tol Simon & Schuster Australia April 2018 Hardcover, $49.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Cookbook 8/10 Reviewing cookbooks when you’re on a diet is a horrible idea – but here we are. Subtitled Feasting At The Mezze Table, Souk is a celebration of the Middle Eastern equivalent of tapas […]

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BOOK: THE CROWN: THE INSIDE HISTORY by Robert Lacey

BOOK: THE CROWN: THE INSIDE HISTORY by Robert Lacey

| 19 October 2018 | Reply

BOOK: THE CROWN: THE INSIDE HISTORY by Robert Lacey Allen & Unwin November 2017 Hardcover, $39.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Hardcover, TV tie-in, biography 10/10 In this official companion piece to the first series of Netflix original series The Crown, royal biographer Robert Lacey picks apart each episode, illuminating the real history being practically every […]

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BOOK: YOUR SECOND LIFE BEGINS WHEN YOU REALISE YOU ONLY HAVE ONE by Raphaëlle Giordano

BOOK: YOUR SECOND LIFE BEGINS WHEN YOU REALISE YOU ONLY HAVE ONE by Raphaëlle Giordano

| 19 October 2018 | Reply

BOOK: YOUR SECOND LIFE BEGINS WHEN YOU REALISE YOU ONLY HAVE ONE by Raphaëlle Giordano Penguin Random House July 2018 Hardcover, $29.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Self-help/ Fiction 10/10 In the spirit of Sophie’s World, The Alchemist and other novelised self-help books comes Raphaëlle Giordano’s wonderful Your Second Life Begins When you Realise You Only […]

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BOOK: SABRINA by Nick Drnaso

BOOK: SABRINA by Nick Drnaso

| 19 October 2018 | Reply

BOOK: SABRINA by Nick Drnaso Granta July 2018 Hardcover, $32.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Graphic Novel 8/10 We live in strange, disturbing times. The internet – the greatest explosion of knowledge sharing seen in our species existence, has turned in on itself to create a plethora of people who wilfully ignore facts and instead choose […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Implausible Story of Olive Far Far Away by Tony Alexandra

BOOK REVIEW: The Implausible Story of Olive Far Far Away by Tony Alexandra

| 18 October 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Implausible Story of Olive Far Far Away by Tony Alexandra Harlequin Young Adult March 2018 Paperback, $19.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult 7/10   ‘Forget gypsy curses and invisibility. Forget stupid boys who are supposed to be my true love and then dump me. I’ve got one mission now – fun.’ […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Beast – A Tale of Love and Revenge by Lisa Jensen

BOOK REVIEW: Beast – A Tale of Love and Revenge by Lisa Jensen

| 10 October 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Beast – A Tale of Love and Revenge by Lisa Jensen Candlewick Press September 2018 Hardcover, $22.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Retelling / Fantasy / Young Adult 2/10 Filled with magic and fierce emotion, Lisa Jensen’s multilayered novel will make you question all you think you know about beauty, beastliness, and happily ever […]

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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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