Frankie by Shivaun Plozza

Frankie by Shivaun Plozza Frankie Vega is angry. Just ask the guy whose nose she broke. Or the cop investigating the burglary she witnessed, or her cheating ex-boyfriend or her aunt who’s tired of giving second chances…When a kid shows up claiming to be Frankie’s half brother, it opens the door to a past she…

The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen The winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, as well as five other awards, The Sympathizer is the breakthrough novel of the year. With the pace and suspense of a thriller and prose that has been compared to Graham Greene and Saul Bellow, The Sympathizer is a sweeping…

Facial Cleansing for Dummies

A Cosmetic Simpleton’s Review of Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash by Origins Let me preface this by saying that I am probably the last person on Earth who should be writing about anything even remotely related to cosmetics; I mean I’ve literally only learned the difference between velvet and matte lipsticks in the last…

Country Roads by Nicole Hurley-Moore

The compelling story of a grief-stricken man reeling from tragedy and a hard-working female farmer dealing with betrayal who may just find love and healing with each other. Rebecca Duprey is working day and night to keep the family sheep station, Bluestone Ridge, afloat. But Bec’s father, who’s been in a wheelchair since a farming…

I am the Architect of my own Destruction by Rick Williams

Depression. It’s a battle. One that too many people sadly cannot conquer, or even know how to begin to tackle.  Recent studies in Australia show that a person takes their own life every three hours. Men in particular are still stigmatised when it comes to looking after their mental and emotional well being, and this…

Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander #2) by Diana Gabaldon

Recently widowed,Claire Randall,a successful physician,returns to the Scottish Highlands to look up a Scottish historian she met twenty years earlier. But why has she really come back? And who is the father of her beautiful copper-haired daughter? The questions asked by Claire lead her back towards a far,far distant past- back to the dangers and…

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Madeline Whittier is allergic to the outside world. So allergic, in fact, that she has never left the house in all of her seventeen years. But when Olly moves in next door, and wants to talk to Maddie, tiny holes start to appear in the protective bubble her mother has built around her. Olly writes…

Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami Toru, a quiet and preternaturally serious young college student in Tokyo, is devoted to Naoko, a beautiful and introspective young woman, but their mutual passion is marked by the tragic death of their best friend years before. Toru begins to adapt to campus life and the loneliness and isolation he faces…

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

  ‘All happy families are alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.’ Anna Karenina is a novel of unparalleled richness and complexity, set against the backdrop of Russian high society. Tolstoy charts the course of the doomed love affair between Anna, a beautiful married woman, and Count Vronsky, a wealthy army officer…

The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley

Once again I felt that sense of something settling round me like a shawl around my shoulders, as though I’d found a place where I could rest, and be at home… And while I watched the fire I felt the writer’s trance take hold of me. I seemed to see, again, the dying fire within…

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

    Because the truth is, I believe that creativity is a force of enchantment- not entirely human in its origins… I believe that our planet is inhabited not only by animal and plants and bacteria and viruses, but also by ideas. Where to buy it: QBD the bookshop, $19.99 paperback When can I get…

Once Were Warriors by Alan Duff

Once Were Warriors by Alan Duff Once Were Warriors is Alan Duff’s harrowing vision of his country’s indigenous people two hundred years after the English conquest. In prose that is both raw and compelling, it tells the story of Beth Heke, a Maori woman struggling to keep her family from falling apart, despite the squalor…