Beloved Australian author, Zoë Foster Blake has become an authority on dating and relationships. The former Cosmopolitan columnist wrote Textbook Romance with Hamish Blake, the man who would one day become her husband. Now she delivers us Break-up Boss, a rather joyous but realistic pocket guide to break-ups and its companion piece, an eponymous app. Like Meshel Laurie’s Buddhism for Break-ups, it offers up lots of useful hints and tidbits for those people going through a break-up.... Read More | Share it now!
George Harrison always knew there was something special about muse, fashion model and photographer, Pattie Boyd. She was married to the Quiet Beatle from 1966-77 and then to his best mate and guitar God, Eric Clapton from 1979-89. She was the inspiration for many great love songs, including Harrison’s “Something” and Clapton’s “Layla” and “Wonderful Tonight.” She has lived an exotic and glamorous life with rock stars and this charmed existence is the subject of a speaking tour and exhibition at Sydney’s Blender Gallery this May.... Read More | Share it now!
Vivid Sydney is coming to town and this means our city will be adorned with colourful light displays. This festival also comes with a host of wonderful shows, especially those talks and events that fall under the Vivid Ideas banner. The AU Review have put together our top 5 must see Vivid Ideas events.... Read More | Share it now!
If there was ever an author who had the ability to paint a picture with his prose it’s Tom Rachman. In his latest novel, The Italian Teacher, Rachman puts together a complex and often lyrical study of a man who has grown up in the shadows of his artist father’s genius. The result is a heart-wrenching examination of modern art and its true costs.... Read More | Share it now!
At the ripe old age of 28, Constantine Costi is making a name for himself across a number of theatre forms and as one of Opera Australia’s youngest directors. Part of a young creative family, his brother a playwright and sister as composer, he creatives and revives a diverse range of performances from immersive theatre to opera and everything in between. His latest revival, La Traviata, opens in Melbourne tomorrow, and also serves as his directorial debut for Opera Australia. We caught up with Costi to talk about the his career to date and the anticipated production.... Read More | Share it now!
These days our tabloid magazines are obsessed with the love lives of the rich and the famous; but have you ever wondered what these stories would look like if the subjects were famous composers from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries? ABC broadcaster Christopher Lawrence has the answer along with a dash of poetic licence in his latest book: Symphony Of Seduction. ... Read More | Share it now!
Writing about true stories can often be a rewarding experience, because these are the most relatable and intriguing ones for the reader. However, on the flip-side there are also ethical questions involved in this particular game and one needs to ensure that a subject is properly represented. This tug-of-war act between the journalist and the interviewee is something that is addressed in Stella Prize long-listed author and seasoned journalist, Sonya Voumard’s new book: Skin In The Game: The Pleasure & Pain Of Telling True Stories. Voumard offers us a forthright and critical analysis of the good, bad and ugly aspects involved in telling other people’s tales as well as an account of her own role in playing that particular game.... Read More | Share it now!
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!
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!