REVIEW: Heads and Straights by Lucy Wadham

In brief: A semi-autobiographical novella of the life of a family in Chelsea. The good: It's brilliant – funny, interesting and unputdownable. The not-so-good: Short. Why I chose it: Working my way through the Penguin Lines series celebrating 150 years of the Underground. Year: 2013 Pages: 95 Publisher: Penguin Setting: The Circle Line and beyond... Continue Reading →

April Fool’s Day by Bryce Courtenay

A quick rundown… The true story of Bryce's son, Damon who contracts HIV through a blood transfusion. Strengths: Very emotional and brutally honest. Weaknesses: Very sad. Why I read it: Present from my mother. Pages: 648 Published: 1994 Publisher: Penguin Australia Setting: Australia Rating: 9 out of 10. If you liked this, try: Holding the... Continue Reading →

Handling Edna by Barry Humphries

A quick rundown… Barry Humphries, the manager of suburban wife turned superstar, Dame Edna Everage, tells all. Strengths: The clever humour, the language. Weaknesses: How much of this is really true? Why I read it: Another $5 sale book. Pages: 388 Published: 2009 Publisher: Hachette Australia Setting: Australia, London, USA Rating: 7.5 out of 10 If... Continue Reading →

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