#SheReviews Wake by Shelley Burr

by Distressingly and alarmingly, some 35 000 people ‘go missing’ in Australia every year, as reported by the Australian Federal Police. Although the vast majority of these folk are located within a six month time frame, approximately 1600 of these much-loved humans […]

#SheReviews One of Us by Kylie Kaden

by Sometimes the most glossy, envied and seemingly exemplary lives are merely a smooth and expertly positioned veneer that purposefully camouflages lives full of secrets, shame and the inevitable accompanying guilt. Such picture-perfect, yet inwardly tumultuous, lives are brilliantly, albeit poignantly, examined […]

#SheReviews Reputation by Sarah Vaughan

by The English word “Reputation” is defined definitively and far-reachingly as “the beliefs or opinions that are generally held about someone or something”. Certainly in all nations and societies in the world, one’s reputation is highly prized, albeit having the potential to […]

#SheReviews The Swimmers by Julie Otsuka

by The highly salubrious, deeply life-affirming and quintessentially Australian (and American) pastime of swimming laps at the local public pool is a soothing ritual that many – the novice, the triathlete and former Olympians – partake in. It is such a utopic […]

#SheReviews The Torrent by Dinuka McKenzie

by A plethora of audaciously murky crimes that are committed daily in our society are – on the surface – disarmingly straight-forward and with need of little assistance from the public. Sometimes, however, circumstances arise in which no-one is seemingly at fault, […]

#SheReviews The Herd by Emily Edwards

by Masterful. Suspenseful. Eloquent. Thought-provoking. These are four well-deserved adjectives that immediately come to mind when wanting to describe the soaring and scholarly debut novel, “The Herd”  from English author, Emily Edwards. Set in the fictional English town, Farley, outside of London, […]

O’Reilly’s – Where Dreams Come True

by Sometimes a holiday is so sublimely, uniquely and searingly transformative, restorative and uplifting that one’s life is unequivocally and forever richer for it; in the days, months and even years after the well-deserved time of much-needed repose and adventure has taken […]

#SheReviews Wahala by Nikki May

by Navigating the oft-times treacherous, shocking and unforeseen potholes of life is frequently difficult – even more so when one is young, female, of mixed-race and living in the vibrant, yet at-times-daunting metropolis of present-day London. Such is most certainly the case […]

#SheReviews The Trivia Night by Ali Lowe

by The sublimely picture-perfect township of Darley on Sydney’s exclusively elegant Northern Beaches appears, from the outside, to be a utopian haven for the wealthy and well-to-do…..or is it? As English author, Ali Lowe (she has lived in Australia for sixteen years), […]

#SheReviews Olga Dies Dreaming by Xochitl Gonzalez’s

by “Oppressed people cannot remain oppressed forever. The yearning for freedom eventually manifests itself.”  These words were eloquently and sombrely spoken by Martin Luther King last century, and are nobly and life-affirmingly applicable to people around the world, both before and since […]

#SheReviews All She Wants by Kelli Hawkins

by Leaving behind a murky and febrile past, perhaps by even relocating to a new country, should be a relatively straightforward and even somewhat calculatedly cold and clinical procedure – or should it? Such a vehemently audacious manoeuvre is firmly embedded at […]

#SheReviews Love and Virtue by Diana Reid

by Australian universities, and their accompanying residential colleges, are, in theory at least, fortified and luminous bastions of respectability and accountability. This noble notion, however, is searingly and brutally displaced in Sydney writer Diana Reid’s reflective and disarming debut novel, “Love and […]

#SheReviews The Long Weekend by Fiona Palmer

by It all sounds in print to be so civilised and soul-enriching – a three night writing retreat in the remote yet idyllic environs of coastal Western Australia, with bestselling author, Jan Goldstein. Yet this writing retreat has several life altering twists; […]

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