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…

BOOK REVIEW: GRAEME SIMSION – THE BEST OF ADAM SHARP

  The Best of Adam Sharp is like Sliding Doors meets High Fidelity. The third novel by author, Graeme Simsion takes a more dramatic and wistful approach to his previous novels, The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect. In Adam Sharp, Simison grapples with the question of “What if?” and produces a well-written dramedy and…

FILM REVIEW: THE WILL TO FLY

  Australia needs more women like Lydia Lassila. The Olympic gold-medal winning aerial skier is nothing short of an inspiration. She’s also the subject of a new documentary film that is about her ascent to the top. Ultimately, this is one strong and informative sports feature film that should encourage more women to participate. The…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: THE BEAUTIFUL LIE

  When it comes to matters of the heart and love in general it’s often complicated. Never is this idea more apparent than in the fine, Leo Tolstoy novel, Anna Karenina. The classic book was written some 150 years ago and it still manages to resonate today thanks to its universal themes. The new Australian…

BOOK REVIEW: HONEY BROWN – SIX DEGREES

Honey Brown is the critically-acclaimed author of a bunch of psychological crime novels. Her latest book, Six Degrees sees her leaving the crime investigations at the door because she is instead focusing on a psychology of a different kind. This collection of six interwoven short stories (where many of the characters are bound together by…

BOOK REVIEW: FIONA MCCALLUM – LEAP OF FAITH

  The capable, competitive and independent, Jessica Harrington had the world at her feet until she got injured doing a water jump with her horse, Prince. This accident sets off a series of events that causes her to re-evaluate her perspectives on things. Leap of Faith is ultimately a character-driven drama/romance which shows how one woman…

FILM REVIEW: THE AGE OF ADALINE

  The Age Of Adaline requires a suspension of disbelief as we witness a woman who has supped at the fountain of eternal youth. This fantasy/romance story from director Lee Toland Krieger (Celeste & Jesse Forever) is one for the hopeless romantics. It asks the question, ‘Is it a burden or a gift to never…

BOOK REVIEW: ALAN MANLY – WHEN THERE ARE TOO MANY LAWYERS

  The latest book to fit in the “Truth is stranger than fiction camp” is Alan Manly’s When There Are Too Many Lawyers. The story is part legal survival guide, autobiography and tragi-comedy that chronicles the ten years Manly and his co-defendant, Julian Day spent fighting a vexatious litigant. It’s an endless rollercoaster of a…

FILM REVIEW: SEX, LOVE & THERAPY (TU VEUX…OU TU VEUX PAS?)

  Sex, Love & Therapy (Tu veux… ou tu veux pas?) contains about as much insight and laughs regarding love as a garden hose and a bread basket. This French rom-com is a superficial tale about a sex-obsessed man and woman who have to work together. It’s a complicated romantic situation but the script is…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: 9 SONGS

  Director Michael Winterbottom is no stranger to showcasing sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll in his work, as one of his most famous films to date is 24 Hour Party People. Four years after that was released came 9 Songs, a movie once described as the most explicit one in British film history. The controversial flick met the ire of…