Book Review: Susie Elelman’s Still Half My Size brings a show business perspective to the world of weight loss

Susie Elelman is a much-loved Australian media personality who has appeared on daytime television and radio for several decades. She has also waged a rather public battle with her weight and those experiences shaped her first book, Half My Size released in 2005. Now in 2018, Elelman follows-up that title with another self-help book, Still Half My Size, where she uses a similar format of offering up her own personal anecdotes, tips and tricks with those of her celebrity friends and various experts from different fields to provide commentary on weight-loss. This ultimately has varying results in terms of its usefulness, applicability and impact.... Read More | Share it now!

Book Review: David Adam’s The Genius Within is smarter than your average book

A lot of us are now aware that the brain is plastic and has the ability to change and adapt. A new area of neuroscience that looks to take advantage of this phenomena is  cognitive enhancement. This is a field that sees individuals alter the way their brain and mind works in order to make it sharper, more focused and intelligent through the use of performance-enhancing drugs and/or brain stimulation. The Genius Within is a compelling account of this fledgling field, boasting scientific research and anecdotal evidence from an intrepid journalist who decides to use himself as a human guinea pig.... Read More | Share it now!

Book Review: Daniel H. Pink’s When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing is an accessible volume about time & using it to our advantage

There are some people who believe that timing is everything. American author and speaker, Daniel H. Pink is someone who appreciates the importance of timing, as he describes in his new book – When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing. Pink believes that timing is not an art but a science, and has created a highly accessible volume that should get readers thinking twice about when they choose to do different things like: book in for surgery, quit their jobs or even get married. It’s an approach that makes logical sense even though some readers may already be familiar with the material from their own research or the mere fact that some of it is just plain, good old-fashioned common sense.... Read More | Share it now!

Book Review: Warren Mundine’s In Black + White is a searing look at Australian history & politics

If anyone knows the definition of the word “tough” then it’s Warren Mundine. This businessman and advisor to five Australian Prime Minsters grew up in poverty in Grafton. He faced racism and discrimination but he was also buoyed by the success of boxer, Lionel Rose. Mundine managed to rise above all of this and become a leading voice on Indigenous issues and an influential person in politics and business. In his memoir, In Black + White, Mundine takes the reader on a journey through his life story as well as indigenous affairs, politics and Australian history and he does this with a raw sense of truth that is unprecedented in politics.... Read More | Share it now!

Sydney Festival Review: The Town Hall Affair argues the need for more lively feminist debates

The original “Town Hall” debate was no ordinary affair. So it should come as no surprise that the one-act play based on this historic event is no ordinary piece of theatre. The show comes courtesy of New York’s The Wooster Group and rather than a straight, re-telling of an already chaotic feminist discussion, they inject other forms of media and theatre to provide one rich and lively show.... Read More | Share it now!

Book Review: Oliver Sacks’ The River of Consciousness is a look inside a beautiful and enquiring mind

For decades Oliver Sacks was lauded as a gifted scientist and storyteller. He penned several books, the most famous being Awakenings and The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat. Prior to his death from cancer in 2015 Sacks had been busy working on two final books. The first, Gratitude, was published posthumously in late 2015. The latest is called The River of Consciousness and it’s a fascinating collection of essays from a beautiful and enquiring mind.... Read More | Share it now!

Book Review: Elan Gale’s You’re Not That Great (but Neither is Anyone Else) is like fear & self-loathing in Los Angeles

A lot of us have heard of the metaphor involving the carrot and the stick. It describes the idea of reward versus punishment, such that a cart driver can use the former to motivate a reluctant mule or they can hit it with the stick. When we think about self-help books they typically use the carrot or positive approach and look at affirming the reader. But what would happen if the author went with the stick method? Elan Gale is an internet prankster, social media provocateur and an executive producer on the US version of The Bachelor. He adopts the latter option with his anti-positivity self-help guide You’re Not That Great (but Neither is Anyone Else), with varying results.... Read More | Share it now!

Theatre Review: The Unbelievables is a magical, modern spectacle

Seeing is believing. Especially when you are watching a theatre show like, The Unbelievables. This variety show comes from the producers of The Illusionists and Circus 1903 and promises to be the “greatest” one on earth. The finished product is a grand assortment of different treats and tricks, with performers from multiple disciplines and presentations that left you sitting and staring in wonderment.... Read More | Share it now!

Book Review: Lily Tuck’s Sisters is a searing novella about an insecure second wife

When The Four Tops sang about “Standing in the shadows of love” Lily Tuck’s Sisters wasn’t quite what they had in mind. And yet, this novella by a National Book Award recipient feels like it could use that track as an anthem. This story is a tense piece about a second wife who is obsessed by the imagined presence of her husband’s first wife and the impact it is having on her mind and marriage. The result is a short yet sharp book that packs lots of emotion and intensity into its 156 pages.... Read More | Share it now!

Book Review: Alan Burdick’s Why Time Flies is an intriguing look into time and its many facets

Alan Burdick’s book, Why Time Flies: A Mostly Scientific Investigation is one with a fascinating premise that we can all relate to. A staff writer from the New Yorker, Burdick specialises in penning articles about science and technology. Here, he poses the question, “What is time and why does it speed up as we age and slow down when we’re bored?” The result is a book that is quite dense and detailed, meaning it’s interesting in parts and a little dry in others.... Read More | Share it now!