Category Archives: Review

Sydney Food Diary: Hopper Kadé, Glebe

So, I’ve been meaning to get to the Tramsheds for a while, even though I had no idea where it was or what it really looked like. What a cool space. Chock-full of tempting restaurants and apparently, as my expert … Continue reading

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Book Review: Richard Siken’s Crush (Poetry)

Crush by Richard Siken My rating: 4 of 5 stars I’ve read many poetry collections in my time, and I found this quite a unique experience. I’m not one to watch a horror movie, say, to feel scared. And while … Continue reading

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Book Review: Celeste Ng’s Everything I Never Told You

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng My rating: 3 of 5 stars I don’t know whether being mixed race, of white and Asian descent, is having a moment, but with little design, the last three novels I’ve read … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: La Renaissance Cafe Patisserie, Waterloo

We were browsing carpets in PYD. Yup, we were. In need of coffee, and perhaps a little snack, we stopped by here. We actually did a macaron class here years ago, so we know the quality of the pastries and … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Selected Stories of Mavis Gallant

The Selected Stories of Mavis Gallant by Mavis Gallant My rating: 3 of 5 stars A university lecturer named Francine Prose praised Mavis Gallant’s short stories effusively, yet precisely, in this article in the New Yorker. http://www.newyorker.com/books/page-t… This article, among … Continue reading

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Book Review: Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Sympathizer

The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen My rating: 5 of 5 stars I told two friends that I was reading a book about a Vietnamese spy living in America after the Vietnamese war and that it was really funny, and … Continue reading

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Concert review: A night with David Helfgott

On 4 March 2017, we had the very interesting experience of a night with David Helfgott at the Sir Stamford Hotel. It was arranged as a sort of cocktail party with music, where we had canapés and drinks before the … Continue reading

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Book Review: BooksActually’s Gold Standard 2016

BooksActually’s Gold Standard 2016 by Julie Koh My rating: 4 of 5 stars So, a few Facebook friends were launching a book that sounded interesting so I went along to a launch in Sydney, and enjoyed the readings enough that … Continue reading

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Book Review: Peter Ho Davies’ The Fortunes

The Fortunes by Peter Ho Davies My rating: 4 of 5 stars The four stories that make up ‘The Fortunes’ travel in time from the first Chinese-American immigrants to North America, at the time of the gold rush and then … Continue reading

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Book review: Paul Kalanithi’s When Breath Becomes Air

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi My rating: 4 of 5 stars The experience of reading ‘When Breath Becomes Air’ is a strange one. You start with the end, and know that an articulate, passionate and caring man has … Continue reading

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