Few Eggs and No Oranges: The Diaries of Vere Hodgson 1940-45

In brief: The (real) diary of a Londoner during the Second World War The good: Fascinating, captures the horror of wartime as well as the nuisances (e.g. few fruit and vegetables). The not-so-good: I think this is a book to be savoured in small doses. Reading large amounts at a time diluted the impact for... Continue Reading →

Bossypants by Tina Fey

A quick rundown…The story of Tina Fey – from growing up to bonefide Super Star. Strengths: Very funny and honest Weaknesses: I don't watch any of her shows! Why I read it: The book that's not Fifty Shades of Grey that everyone's talking about Pages: 275 Published: 2011 Publisher: Little, Brown and Company Setting: USA... Continue Reading →

Between the Lines by Jason Donovan

A quick rundown…The story (so far) of the life and times of my crush as a 7 year old- Jason Donovan, pop star and actor. Strengths: It's honest on multiple fronts – from his relationship with Kylie Minogue to drug use. Weaknesses: I would have loved to read some more about the making of Ten... Continue Reading →

Dannii: My Story by Dannii Minogue

A quick rundown… The life and times of Dannii Minogue from Young Talent Time to her first child. Strengths: This is just the thing for those of us who grew up in the Dannii/Kylie/Jason era. Weaknesses: Perhaps not enough of the juicy stuff – Dannii keeps her dignity. Why I read it: Another $5 pile. Pages: 368 Published:... Continue Reading →

The Happiest Refugee by Anh Do

  (Image from Goodreads) Australians probably know Anh Do as a comedian and/or the star of the movie Footy Legends. What they probably don’t know is how Anh got to be one of Australia’s truly funny blokes. Anh and his family are from Vietnam and survived a harrowing boat journey (multiple raids by pirates, dehydration,... Continue Reading →

Holding the Man by Timothy Conigrave

 (image from Goodreads) After the boring repetitiveness of Under the Tuscan Sun, I’ve made it a mission to read a little bit of the book I plan to read on my commute so I’m not stuck reading something dreadful. So, last night I started reading Holding the Man. I finished it this afternoon. I bought... Continue Reading →

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