Category Archives: Book

Book Review: Gabriel Garciá Márquez’s Chronicle of a Death Foretold

Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel García Márquez My rating: 5 of 5 stars Published in 1981, the year before he won the Nobel Prize for Literature, this book is slim. But I remember hearing about it, and wondered … Continue reading

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Book Review: Ali Smith’s How to be both (fiction)

How to Be Both by Ali Smith My rating: 5 of 5 stars I’m bowled over by this book. I had no expectations and hadn’t heard anything about it. Neither did the cover photo of the singers Sylvie Vartan and … Continue reading

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Book Review: André Aciman’s Call Me By Your Name

[Review includes spoilers; don’t read it if you plan on reading the book and don’t want to know key plot points and issues!] Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman My rating: 4 of 5 stars André Aciman’s Call … Continue reading

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Book Review: Lily Brett’s New York (essays)

New York by Lily Brett My rating: 4 of 5 stars Lily Brett is a celebrated Australian poet and novelist, who often writes about family life, including the experiences of people like her, the daughter of survivors of the Holocaust. … Continue reading

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2018 in lists: concerts & shows, theatre, books, movies, TV

Concerts, Shows, Theatre, Exhibitions & Words Muriel’s Wedding, the Musical: Loved the adaptation and update, music and cast. A fun show. I wonder if it will transfer overseas. Darlinghurst Nights, Hayes Theatre: A thirty-year old musical revived, a love letter … Continue reading

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Book Review: Matthew Mitcham’s Twists and Turns (autobiography)

Twists and Turns by Matthew Mitcham My rating: 4 of 5 stars I haven’t seen the one-man shows that Mitcham has done, where he’s brought his stories from this book (and his life) to the stage, but I have the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Banana Yoshimoto’s Asleep

Asleep by Banana Yoshimoto My rating: 4 of 5 stars It was either a very good idea or a very bad idea to have ‘Asleep’ as my bedside reading for the last period. It’s not a long book: three short … Continue reading

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Book Review: Michael Ondaatje’s Warlight

Warlight by Michael Ondaatje My rating: 3 of 5 stars I liked Ondaatje’s In The Skin of a Lion so much that it sort of become part of my identity: an aspiring writer who liked Ondaatje, his showy, poetic descriptions … Continue reading

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Book Review: Mark Sisson’s ‘The Keto Reset Diet’

The Keto Reset Diet: Reboot Your Metabolism in 21 Days and Burn Fat Forever by Mark Sisson My rating: 2 of 5 stars I think I’m of an age that I need a hard copy of something, a book, to … Continue reading

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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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