Book Review: ‘Destroying the Joint: Why Women Have to Change the World’, by Jane Caro, University of Queensland Press, Queensland

Penny Wong, Corrine Grant, Christine Milne, Wendy Harmer, Stella Young, Tara Moss…the list goes on. It is a long list of accomplished, intelligent, articulate women who have written articles for this book. Achievers, success stories them all. Surely we don’t need feminism if women are achieving the great heights these women have achieved? Surely we … Continue reading Book Review: ‘Destroying the Joint: Why Women Have to Change the World’, by Jane Caro, University of Queensland Press, Queensland

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Book Review: ‘Peace, Love and Khaki Socks’ by Kim Lock, MidnightSun Publishing Adelaide

Amy Silva is not your ordinary army ‘wife’. She’s organic-produce adoring, hemp-wearing nuevo-hippy. Her boyfriend, Dylan Brookes, thrives in the macho environment of the Army while maintaining a love of Amy’s wilful difference. As Amy says, “Every day I live with the contradiction. The Pacifist Hippy, in love with The Gun-Toting Soldier.” But all that … Continue reading Book Review: ‘Peace, Love and Khaki Socks’ by Kim Lock, MidnightSun Publishing Adelaide

Book Review: ‘Burial Rites’ Hannah Kent, Picador Sydney

“But any woman knows that a thread, once woven, is fixed in place; the only way to smooth a mistake is to let it all unravel.” Unravel is exactly what Hannah Kent allows her protagonist, Agnes Magnusdottir, to do. It is 1829 and Agnes is convicted of a brutal double murder and sentenced to death … Continue reading Book Review: ‘Burial Rites’ Hannah Kent, Picador Sydney

Book Review: ‘Quiet. The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking’ Susan Cain, Penguin Books, London

This is a book about people who don’t really like to talk and paradoxically, it’s got the whole world talking. It’s got the introverts talking (‘hooray, finally, understand me, validate me’) and it’s got the extroverts talking (‘look at me, look at me, look at me’). Well, that might be a smidge unfair. Extroverts aren’t … Continue reading Book Review: ‘Quiet. The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking’ Susan Cain, Penguin Books, London

Book Review: Arnold Zable’s ‘Violin Lessons’, Text Publishing Melbourne

Arnold Zable is commonly described as ‘deeply compassionate’ and a ‘master storyteller’ with a ‘remarkable gift’. Despite this, I was reluctant to pick up Violin Lessons for the simple reason that it is a book of true stories. I read fiction. True stories bore me with their focus on truth and reality and bearing witness. … Continue reading Book Review: Arnold Zable’s ‘Violin Lessons’, Text Publishing Melbourne