Book Review – After

After / Nikki Gemmell / Fourth Estate – HarperCollins / 2017 / ISBN 9781460753057 / 300 Pages / Memoir

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Nikki Gemmell’s world hanged forever when the body of her elderly mother was found and it became clear she had decided to end her own life. After the immediate shock came the guilt and the horror, for Nikki, her family, relatives and friends. No note was left, so the questions that Elayn’s euthanasia death raised were endless. Was it an act of independence, or its very opposite? A despairing act driven by a sense of hopelessness – or empowerment? Continue reading “Book Review – After”

Book Review – Juliet’s Answer

Juliet’s Answer / Glenn Dixon / Affirm Press / 2017 / ISBN 9781925475012 / 250 Pages / Memoir

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Nursing a broken heart, Glenn Dixon sets off to the home of Shakespeare’s most famous lovers, Romeo and Juliet, in search of a cure. Continue reading “Book Review – Juliet’s Answer”

April 2017 Wrap Up

April was a great reading month for me this time, not like March. I hardly read anything in March, only three books, but in April I doubled that number. Yay me! So, this month I have read some enjoyable books. Lots of terrific books have also hit the shelves and the ABC Book Club started up again, even if it is at 10pm at night. It is still an amazing show and it should be on more regularly. This month I went to my first reviewing gig, which was a fabulous play. We celebrated Easter and indulged in lots of chocolates and treats. I even got to go to another awesome Lifeline book fair in which I found two young adult books that only came out last year.

It’s been a great reading month and now I hope I haven’t jinxed May. Continue reading “April 2017 Wrap Up”

Book Review for ‘Hack In A Flak Jacket’ by Peter Stefanovic

Title – Hack in a Flak Jacket

Author – Peter Stefanovic

2016 / Hachette Australia / ISBN 9780733635687 / 290 Pages / Biography

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For almost ten years Peter Stefanovic was Channel Nine’s foreign correspondent in Europe, the US, Africa, and Middle East. During that time he witnessed more than his fair share of death and destruction and carried the burden of those images – all while putting his own personal safety very much in the firing line. From flak jackets to tuxedoes. From the funerals of world leaders and icons, to war zones and natural disasters. This is a thrilling account of a life lived on camera, delivering the news wherever it happens, whatever the risk.

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Book Review – Humble Pie by Gordon Ramsey

Humble Pie / Gordon Ramsey / 2006 / HarperCollins / ISBN 9780007229673 / 284 Pages / Memoir / Cooking Biography

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Everyone thinks they know Gordon Ramsey: rude, loud, pathologically driven, and stubborn as hell. But this is his real story.

Review –

I am a huge fan of autobiographies and have recently found a few good cooking biographies, and that it great because it combines my love of food with words. I have always been a fan of Gordon Ramsey, I mean who isn’t really? I have also wanted to know about him and his life because he really doesn’t share a lot. So when I found this book at the LifeLine Book Sale I went to I knew I had to get it and read it.

Gordon Ramsey is a great writer, I really mean it. If you have ever seen him on television, than you should know this, he writes just like he talks and it’s pretty cool how fluently and well he does that. This book Humble Pie is a great book for two reasons, you get to know Gordon Ramsey for more than he is on television, and you also get to read about him and learn about his life before and during his cooking career.

There are many things to consider when you read this book and the main one is that you can’t be offended every time you read the word F**# in the book. The book isn’t chronologically written either, so you might get confused as to when which restaurant opened when and what in his personal life happened when. I think because Ramsey wrote the book in predetermined sections/chapters, the book couldn’t really flow on chronologically. Ramseys passion for food shines through when he talks about it. There isn’t a lot about it written throughout the book and that’s a shame, but it is well done when it is done.

If you like cooking shows or cooks or even Gordon Ramsey and want to know the man behind the façade, than you need to read this book.

I give this book 4.0 out of 5 booky stars!

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Book Review #4

Is this my beautiful life by Jessica Rowe / Allen & Unwin / ISBN 9781743318362 / 228 pages / Memoir

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I never intended on picking up this book and reading, but then I kept seeing it everywhere. In every bookshop, department shop and grocery shop I walked into it was there. It was like a sign, one that wasn’t going away. 3 days after Christmas as I walked around Target with my Mother and Sister looking for a bargain to bring home, I spotted Is this my Beautiful Life? again. I was in the middle of another book but I brought it anyway, knowing I would needed something to read after the book I had just started. I am glad that I finally brought this book and have read it.

It took me 1 day. About 10 hours, give or take a few interruptions here and there to complete the book, cover to cover. I stopped reading the book that I had started last week and got stuck into this one. I watch Studio 10 in the morning and have always wondered about the life of Jessica Rowe and how she got to where she is today. All I have ever know about Jessica Rowe is information that my Mother has told me about her and newspaper articles.

I had no idea that Jessica Rowe could write a book that I would sit down and block out the entire world to read. I didn’t even plan on reading it all at once, but then I started in the middle of the shops, and during lunch and when I finally got home I couldn’t put it down until it was completely finished.

The raw emotions, the pure of heart and soul that is felt as you read the book is so unique that it isn’t something that all authors can achieve. I applaud Jessica Rowe for writing such a personal and interesting memoir, that I as a writer know wouldn’t have been easy to do. The structure of the book, the flow of the words, sentence and paragraphs all work so well to construct a memoir that pulls on heart strings.

I haven’t been through any of the things that Jessica Rowe has gone through in her lifetime to know how she feels, but through her generous, well thought out writing and well edited book, it feels as though I know her a lot better than I could have ever known. The scene where Jessica Rowe recounts her experience in Greece when she was a teenager could have been left out of the story as it only took away from the story she is trying to tell in that chapter.

Jessica Rowe is a great journalist, a great human being and I suspect even though she has to remind herself all the time, that she is a great mother to her 2 adorable children. Is this my beautiful life? is a memoir that not only reads as the journal of a woman’s life story, but also as a tool to allow women and girls to accept who they are and what they want to do.

I give it 4.2 out of 5 booky stars.

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