#SheReviews Yellowface By Rebecca F. Kuang

The eternally profound and classy playwright, William Shakespeare (1564 – 1616) wrote, in the ethereally noble and cautionary tale of “Hamlet”, cuttingly of ambition as a character trait. He tells us that “The very substance of the ambitious is merely the shadow […]

#SheReviews Sisterhood By Cathy Kelly

Human relationships are, at-times, the most complicated and non-transparent of beasts. Abuse, manipulation and even betrayal may occur. Other times, the fine webs of human connections encapsulate the noblest of interactions, and are full of unending decency, loyalty, love and kindness. Family […]

#SheReviews The Other Bridget By Rachael Johns

The beautiful and timeless existence of love can surely never be doubted. Even a mere slither of love can cast undiluted and dazzling light onto an otherwise murkily dreary day. Further, romantic love illuminates millions of lives throughout the world every day. […]

#SheReviews Ripper By Shelley Burr

Australian country towns are, going on initial appearances, a frontier embodiment, and time capsule of, deeply embedded old-fashioned customs, values and relationships…….or are they? There are some Australian country towns that exist as a veritable mirage of their ‘glory days’. Days long […]

#SheReviews Tom Lake by Ann Patchett

How well do you really know your parents? Undoubtedly they lived a (hopefully) full, exuberant and even perhaps remorselessly audacious life before you were even a thought in their mind. Would you want to know the all-encompassing details and vagaries of the […]

#SheReviews Everyone and Everything By Nadine J. Cohen

Mental health is for some a dangerously slippery slope. Where an avalanche of psychological ‘nasties’ invade one’s life when they are least wanted (‘nasties’ including severe depression, anxiety and panic attacks and general but engulfing sadness). Often the mentally ill have little […]

#SheReviews: Talk To The Heart by Rachael Johns

Down through the centuries, in times of inner undiluted angst and turmoil, millions of humans have cried out to God for help. And that help has always been forthcoming. Often in surprisingly unexpected and divergent ways. Such beholden paths are beautifully examined […]

#SheReviews: Taken by Dinuka McKenzie

Police investigations in Australia are overwhelmingly intense, concerted and arduous in nature. There is undeniably little margin for error concerning a just result – for victims, their loved ones and the community at large. In short, the police in this country work […]

#SheReviews: Homecoming by Kate Morton

Ubiquitous, historical and contemporary secrets – existing in families, towns and indeed ‘civilised society’ – exist in permutations that are interwoven in the flimsy fabric of a plethora of lives. Consequentially, these secrets (so often sordid and horrific in nature) easily, in […]

#SheReviews Happy Place by Emily Henry

One’s mental and emotional equilibrium is greatly enhanced, and a swift lift given to one’s spirits, by delving (whenever the opportunity arises) into a well crafted and deftly plotted romance novel. It matters little what is happening in one’s life, a romantic […]

#SheReviews The Other Side of Her by Ber Carroll

For a legion of decades, veritably adventurous, optimistic and courageous, perhaps even naive, backpackers from a plethora of nations have temporarily migrated to Australia’s utopian shores. For most of these ebullient and high-spirited young people, their time in our midst is full […]

#SheReviews The Albatross by Nina Wan

The time-honoured and at-times sublimely meditative game of golf has, like many sports in the modern age, a plethora of life lessons to impart to it’s participants and watchers. Sage viewpoints such as ‘to always keep focused and alert’, ‘do not be […]

#SheReviews The Running Club by Ali Lowe

There is, undeniably, a carefully and purposefully tiered (and at times formidable) class system that exists in Australian society. However, sometimes those in the top-tier echelons, living seemingly almost ethereal fairytale lives, living in opulent houses and wearing custom-made designer clothes that […]

#SheReviews The Wakes by Dianne Yarwood

Life, in all it’s abundant beauty, is capable of dealing us dazzling and dizzying highs and perturbingly caustic lows. Indeed, just when the vast landscape of one’s existence seems bereft of joy and hope, life-changing and redeeming light can illuminate one’s path […]

#SheReviews Crows Nest by Nikki Mottram

Australian country towns are sometimes (undeniably and soberingly) hotbeds of corruption among the powerful and influential, weighed down by recalcitrant crime waves and host to a plethora of murky, explosive secrets. These towns can appear to be utopic havens of peace and […]

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