Book Review – VILE BODIES by Evelyn Waugh

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Vile Bodies Synopsis : The Bright Young Things of 1920s Mayfair, with their paradoxical mix of innocence and sophistication, exercise their inventive minds and vile bodies in every kind of capricious escapade, whether it is promiscuity, dancing, cocktail parties, or sports cars. A vivid assortment of characters, among them the struggling writer Adam Fenwick-Symes and the glamorous, […]

Book Review – THE TRIVIA MAN by Deborah O’Brien

The Trivia Man by Deborah O'Brien

The Trivia Man Synopsis : From the author of Mr Chen’s Emporium comes a quirky and heartwarming tale about finding your true place in the world, set against the backdrop of a weekly trivia competition. ‘Trivia is a serious business, not a social occasion’ Kevin Dwyer, the ‘trivia man’ Dubbed ‘brainbox’ by his peers and ‘weirdo’ by […]

Book Review – MODERN ROMANCE by Aziz Ansari

Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

Modern Romance Synopsis : ‘An Investigation’, co-authored by Eric Klinenberg People today have more romantic options than at any point in human history, and thanks to social media, smartphones and online dating, our abilities to connect with these options are staggering. Yet we also have to face new and absurd dilemmas, such as what to think when someone […]

Book Review – LION ATTACK! by Oliver Mol

Lion Attack by Oliver Mol

Lion Attack! Synopsis : From an inaugural winner of the Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers comes a funny, energetic coming-of-age story that isn’t quite like any other book you’ll read this year. Oliver is a writer who’s just moved cities. He doesn’t have any friends yet; he can’t get his surly flatmate, Mark, to crack a […]

Audio Book Review – THE ONE PLUS ONE by Jojo Moyes

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The One Plus One Synopsis : Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Jojo Moyes’s The One Plus One, read by Elizabeth Bower, Ben Elliot, Nicola Stanton, and Steven France. The One Plus One is the beautiful, poignant, and utterly compelling new novel by the internationally best-selling author Jojo Moyes. One single mum. With two jobs […]

Book Review – A MAN MADE ENTIRELY OF BATS by Patrick Lenton

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A Man Made Entirely of Bats Synopsis : A Man Made Entirely of Bats is a collection of short stories and flash fiction by one of Australia’s newest voices. Comedic and absurd, these stories are an entertaining exploration of the concept of super heroes and of the super strange in our world. (Spineless Wonders) BOOK REVIEW First of […]

Book Review – THE CURSE OF THE LONESOME MARINER by Mark David Green

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The Curse of the Lonesome Mariner Synopsis : Harry Straight doesn’t want any complications in his life. Recently divorced, he’s about to set sail on a small boat along England’s south coast in order to reconcile with his estranged father. The last thing Harry needs is the responsibility of a mischievous and unpredictable beer-drinking dog called […]

Book Review – BRENNER AND GOD by Wolf Haas

Brenner and God by Wolf Haas

Brenner and God Synopsis : Simon Brenner is an ex-detective who’s now turned to a quieter career as the personal chauffeur for two-year-old Helena, the daughter of a Munich construction giant and a Viennese abortion doctor. One day at the gas station, while Brenner’s attention is turned to picking out a chocolate bar for Helena, the […]

Book Review – MAKING SOAPIES IN KABUL by Trudi-Ann Tierney

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Making Soapies in Kabul Synopsis : Hot days, crazy nights and dangerous liasons in a war zone On an impulse, Trudi-Ann Tierney, Sydney producer and former actress, goes to Kabul to manage a bar. She quickly falls into the local TV industry, where she becomes responsible for producing a highly popular soapie. Trudi’s staff are hugely inexperienced. […]

Book Review – THE ROSIE EFFECT by Graeme Simsion

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♦ This title is an Aussie Author Challenge 2015 Recommended Read ♦ _________ The Rosie Effect Synopsis : ‘We’ve got something to celebrate,’ Rosie said. I am not fond of surprises, especially if they disrupt plans already in place. I assumed that she had achieved some important milestone with her thesis. Or perhaps she had been offered […]

Book Review – THE CANTERVILLE GHOST by Oscar Wilde

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The Canterville Ghost Synopsis : A terrifying ghost is haunting the ancient mansion of Canterville Chase, complete with creaking floorboards, clanking chains and gruesome disguises – but the new occupants seem strangely undisturbed by his presence. Deftly contrasting the conventional gothic ghost story with the pragmatism of the modern world, Wilde creates a gently comic fable of […]