I enjoyed A Crime in the Family. It is promoted as revealing one of the most extraordinary untold stories of the Second World War. In reality it describes one man’s search to understand his own and his family’s past history and the dark secrets that lurk within. As a journey of personal discovery, I was… Read More

You have to get to a certain age to really be able to appreciate a book like this. You have to be able to look back on your childhood with a few years of perspective to be able to understand and articulate your reading habits and the effect that they may have had on your… Read More

Leigh Hopkinson was the least likely person to become a stripper, but after spending two decades naked, she realised it was her career - and her life. As a university student in Canterbury she worked at a succession of low-paying jobs that paid the rent and fit around her degree. However, none of them fit… Read More

Descended from Hollywood royalty and working as an actress before she could walk and talk, Drew Barrymore has had much of her private life on display for the whole world to see. Now at the age of forty, Barrymore has increasingly and deliberately withdrawn from the public eye. Wildflower is not a memoir, but rather… Read More

This is the first book I have read by Australian author Tim Winton; titles such as Dirt Music and Cloudstreet have somehow passed me by. But there can be no better recommendation than to get to the end and say, I want to read more by this writer and that is just what I did… Read More

Emerging Australian author and artist Sophie Hardcastle’s new book, Running like China, is a memoir based on her struggles with mental illness during her youth. Mental illness is still considered a taboo subject, hence many patients are forced to conceal it. Hardcastle attempts to break this silence, laying out her life experiences to reveal the… Read More

Alcohol abuse has always been considered a big issue in New Zealand. Our binge drinking culture, perpetuated by peer pressure, has made it a harder one to eradicate. It follows that its effects of violence, illness and death have been experienced by many. Despite these atrocious outcomes and glaring statistics from organisations like the NZ… Read More

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