Holiday Reading

by The sun is shining. The kids are on holiday. Christmas is almost here. Lazy, beach holidays are beckoning and that means time to savour some really good books. You know you’ve been waiting all year for this. You deserve it. So here are […]

Dessata Detangling Brush

by To be honest, I have never thought too much about my hair brush, despite having a thick, dry and course mane that could do with a little more attention. I usually just grab a handful, yank down and push and pull my brush […]

Dreaming of writing

by As a keen reader, writer and aspiring author I’ve always been interested in hearing other writer’s stories about their journey to publication. So, it was with great delight that I received ‘ Writing the Dream’ , a book published by Serenity […]

Homespace

by Homespace by Darren Palmer Using real life interior design projects, Darren Palmer inspires us to change the space we have into the home we love. The blurb is a lot longer but that is all you need to know about this […]

The Bit In Between

by Author: Clare Varley (Melbourne) Synopsis After an unfortunate incident in an airport lounge involving an immovable customs officer, a full jar of sun-dried tomatoes, quite a lot of vomit, and the capricious hand of fate, Oliver meets Alison. In spite of […]

Something for the kids…

by Synopsis: Albert can’t help getting into mischief when no one is around. But one day he goes too far… Oh, Albert! A perfect story about a family and their not-so-perfect (but loveable!) dog. Review: Oh, Albert! is an adorable picture book, […]

Love and Small Town Shenanigans

by Author: Karly Lane / Reviewer: Lucretia Ackfield It’s been slim pickings in the romance department for single mum Lucy Parker in the small town of Bundah. So when hot biker Hugh Thompson arrives and reopens the local pub, sparks are set to fly. With […]

Our changing view on food – a book review

by Book: The Eat Real Food Cookbook Author: David Gillespie / Reviewer: Greg Cary About the book: (Pan Macmillan, 2016) For nearly ten years, David Gillespie has warned us of the dangers of sugar, and Australia has listened. More recently he has […]

Maggie’s Kitchen: courage of conviction

by Author: Caroline Beecham / Reviewer: Kelly Lyonns Synopsis: (Allen & Unwin, 2016) When the Ministry of Food urgently calls for the opening of British Restaurants to feed tired and hungry Londoners during the Second World War, Maggie Johnson is close to […]

Promise: what would you do?

by Author: Sarah Armstrong / Reviewer: Kellie Byrnes Synopsis: (Pan Macmillan, 2016) When a new family moves in next door, it takes Anna just two days to realise that something is very wrong. She can hear their five-year old daughter Charlie crying, […]

Little Warrior: be empowered

by Author: Giuseppe Catozella /  Reviewer: Ellie George Synopsis: (Faber & Faber, 2016) Samia Omar grows up in war-torn Somalia determined to be a world-class sprinter. She sleeps with a photo of Mo Farah by her bed, trains hard despite the violence […]

The Watercolourist: enjoy the garden

by Author: Beatrice Masini / Reviewer: Kelly Lyonns Synopsis: (Pan Macmillan 2016) Nineteenth-century Italy. A young woman arrives at a beautiful villa in the countryside outside Milan. Bianca, a gifted young watercolourist, has been commissioned to illustrate the plants in the magnificent […]

The Exclusives: a little underwhelmed

by Author: Rebecca Thornton / Reviewer: Maddy Manning Synopsis: (Allen & Unwin, 2016) In 1996: Freya Seymour and Josephine Grey are invincible – beautiful and brilliant, the two best friends are on the cusp of Oxbridge, and the success they always dreamed […]

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