Category Archives: Review

Book Review: Klaus Ove Knausgård’s My Struggle

My Struggle by Karl Ove Knausgård My rating: 5 of 5 stars A deeply personal reflection on the death of Knausgaard’s father, My Struggle is universal in its exploration of how we observe the world, how we interact with it, … Continue reading

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Book Review: Andrew Sean Greer’s Less, Fiction

Less by Andrew Sean Greer My rating: 5 of 5 stars I loved Arthur Less, the protagonist of the novel Less. I’ve occasionally fallen in love with the voice of an author or one of their characters but then realised … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Bistro Guillaume

So, classic with a twist. The famous Guillaume has opened a bistro in the City that is serving up classic French bistro food. It’s not a hole-in-the-wall bistro like you might find on a side street in Paris, but rather … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Retro Saigon

For a quick bite before we saw ‘Gypsy’ at the Hayes Theatre, I suggested Friggitoria. I reckon it must be good when there are always so many people there. But alas, there weren’t two empty seats. So we popped next … Continue reading

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Book Review: Christie Harris’s Mouse Woman and the Vanished Princesses

Mouse Woman and the Vanished Princesses by Christie Harris My rating: 5 of 5 stars I always loved mythology. As a boy, I started with Greek mythology, went onto Roman and then the Norse gods too. Eventually I devoured pretty … Continue reading

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Book Review: Michael Merzenich’s Soft-Wired

Soft-Wired: How the New Science of Brain Plasticity Can Change Your Life by Michael Merzenich My rating: 2 of 5 stars Soft-wired is an odd mix of relentlessly cheery home-spun wisdom and science. While the scientific basis for being able … Continue reading

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Book Review: Elena Ferrante’s The Story of a New Name

The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante My rating: 5 of 5 stars My Brilliant Friend was childhood and the end of childhood. The Story of a New Name takes us and our two heroines from this point … Continue reading

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Book Review: Susan Cain’s Quiet

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain My rating: 3 of 5 stars I happened to win the book ‘Quiet’ as a Christmas party book giveaway; everyone got a book, though we … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Chica Bonita, Manly

So many restaurants to choose from! We came to Chica Bonita (“Pretty Girl”) because somehow they’ve managed to score a little higher than everywhere else on Zomato. So, why not? And I like Mexican food, the authentic kind and the … Continue reading

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Sydney Food and Coffee Diary: Reuben Hills, Surry Hills

Reuben Hills is an institution. I often recommend it to friends. This morning, we had an early breakfast, at 7am, on ANZAC day and I’ve never seen the cafe so empty (though it wasn’t really empty). As I’ve said before, … Continue reading

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