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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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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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Book Review: Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante My rating: 5 of 5 stars There was no question on finishing this book that I’d be reading the rest of the novels… but I was surprised at how I swept into it. First, … Continue reading

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2017 in lists (Concerts & shows, theatre, books, movies, TV)

Concerts, Shows, Theatre & Words Ladies in Black, Lyric Theatre, January: An Australian homegrown musical with music by Tim Finn of Crowded House, this show got great reviews when it was being developed a year go… though the reviews of … Continue reading

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Book Review: Simon Fitzmaurice’s It’s Not Yet Dark

It’s Not Yet Dark: A Memoir by Simon Fitzmaurice My rating: 4 of 5 stars As a filmmaker, Simon Fitzmaurice knows how to tell a story. His memoir ‘It’s Not Yet Dark’, is written with an engaging narrative and voice … Continue reading

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Book Review: Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell’s The Disaster Artist

The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made by Greg Sestero My rating: 3 of 5 stars A friend brought me to a screening of “The Room”, a terrible movie, this generation’s Rocky Horror … Continue reading

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Book Review: Michel Faber’s The Book of Strange New Things

The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber My rating: 4 of 5 stars Sometimes a story about a book is enough to get me to read the book itself… and a Guardian profile, describing how Faber has decided … Continue reading

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