Book Review: Kitty Flanagan’s Bridge Burning & Other Hobbies is a loose look at some funny episodes from Flanagan’s life

Kitty Flanagan is an accomplished stand-up and regular on TV shows like Utopia and The Weekly With Charlie Pickering. She is a chronic over-thinker in the best possible way, and this is evident in her first book: Bridge Burning & Other Hobbies. A collection of funny anecdotes and personal stories, readers will find this book as relatable and enjoyable as her topical stand-up.... Read More | Share it now!

Book Review: Cynthia Banham’s A Certain Light is a searing look at family trauma and a horrific accident

It is hard for some of us to even fathom being an airplane crash victim. But for former Sydney Morning Herald journalist, Cynthia Banham it was reality. In A Certain Light Banham pens a family memoir that describes this irrevocable tragedy, and the fateful day that left her a double amputee with burns to over 60% of her body. This book is a searing reminder for us all to cherish the things that really matter in this life.... Read More | Share it now!

Five Books You Need To Read This Month: May

Our five titles this month are heavily US-centric, with novels set in Louisiana, California and Virginia. There’s also a weighty piece of Australian historical fiction to get your teeth into as well. We’re also featuring the new book length poem from Native American poet Tommy Pico, who is one of my favourite poets working at the moment.... Read More | Share it now!

Book Review: Go beyond the Netflix series with Volker Kutscher’s Babylon Berlin

Berlin, 1929. A car is pulled from the Landwehr Canal with a mutilated corpse at the wheel. Detective Inspector Gereon Rath, newly arrived from Cologne, is on the case, stepping outside his jurisdiction and onto a few toes in the process. His search sends him deep into the seedy underworld of Weimar Berlin, where drug dealers, criminal kingpins, and dirty cops watch his every move. But as a man hiding secrets of his own, how far is Rath willing to go for answers?... Read More | Share it now!

Book Review: Join eleven year old Sam on a dangerous and unpredictable road trip in Colin Dray’s Sign

Recovering from a major surgery that took away his ability to speak, Sam is a young boy without a voice. So when his Aunt Dettie packs up Sam, and his sister Katie, and sets out to drive from Sydney to Perth, Sam is unable to protest. Promised that their estranged father is waiting for them and that their mother isn’t far behind, the kids strap in and ready themselves for a family reunion. But with bush fires on the horizon, and Dettie’s behaviour becoming increasingly erratic and unpredictable, this Australian road trip is set to get more dangerous by the second.... Read More | Share it now!

Book Review: Mary Beard explores the ancient roots of modern misogyny in Women & Power: A Manifesto

Drawing on lectures delivered in 2014 and 2017, Women & Power: A Manifesto is a small, yet powerful exploration of the historical silencing of women in the public sphere. The Ancient Roman and Greek cultures we so often hold up as the basis for our democracies today were never particularly kind to the loud woman and as historian Mary Beard argues, neither are we today.... Read More | Share it now!