BOOK REVIEW: NATASHA LESTER – HER MOTHER’S SECRET

  Her Mother’s Secret is a story about a strong female heroine, written by a woman for female readers. Natasha Lester, the author of the best-selling A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald, brings us another historical fiction novel, once again telling the story of female protagonist making good in the man’s world, set in New York City in…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: SING STREET

  Sing Street is a feel-good musical about the in-between days found nestled between childhood and adulthood. The film is an optimistic one set in Dublin in the 1980s. It was a halcyon time in the post-punk era where a kid could start a band by picking up an instrument and people across the world…

FOOD REVIEW: MARTIN PLACE BAR SYDNEY

  You may know Martin Place Bar as the busy tavern or watering hole found right in the heart of Sydney’s CBD. What you may not know is that this family-owned business has recently undergone a renovation and makeover and that they’re totally committed to selling good food. This is reflected in a menu that…

BOOK REVIEW: JODI PICOULT – LEAVING TIME

  Leaving Time is the 22nd novel from best-selling author, Jodi Picoult. It also doesn’t waste a moment in hooking you into the story. The book is a suspenseful mystery told from the perspectives of four different characters and is a well-crafted and clever look at grief, loss, love and friendship that occasionally requires a…

FILM REVIEW: PADDINGTON

  “Please look after this bear”. This is what the tag that is initially around Paddington’s neck says but it is also applicable to this movie adaptation. The film is a re-telling of Michael Bond’s stories that has been carefully updated to a modern setting. This means it’s a charming tale that doesn’t compromise on…