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A Little Life – Hanya Yanagihara

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I was gifted A Little Life for my 30th birthday by two of my wonderful friends Nik and Mitch. With a matter of hours to spare before the clock struck midnight on the final eve of my twenties, I had finished the long, laborious, emotional and enriching challenge of finishing the BBC Top 100; a feat that […]

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The Bricks that Built the Houses – Kate Tempest

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It was shortly after booking tickets to see Kate Tempest at a panel event at the forthcoming Sydney Writer’s Festival that one of my best friends in London recommended I read her debut novel, The Bricks that Built the Houses. An actress and voracious reader, I implicitly trust my friend’s taste in books, but I […]

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Chapter One – Daniel Flynn


It’s been a while since I’ve read a book that has had such a profound effect on me that I’ve been hesitant to feature it on my blog for fear of not being able to convey in words just why I want everyone to read said book. Chapter One is one of these. Written by Thankyou co-founder Daniel Flynn, […]

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Cacao, Coconut & Chai Seed Smoothie


When I first started running a couple of years ago, I remember reading up on nutrition for runners. In one of several running magazines I bought, there was a feature which mentioned that chocolate milk and peanut butter on toast was the prefect combination for post-run refuelling. Delighted at the opportunity to consume said snacks […]

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Emigrating Friendships


  Since moving to Sydney in September 2015, I’ve been lucky enough to have a handful of my very best friends come and stay with me. Given the expense and distance of travelling from the UK to Australia, however, I’m well aware that it won’t be possible for all of my nearest and dearest to pay me […]

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Wanderlust 108

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Back In February, I had planned to spend the weekend in Thredbo at a Wanderlust Festival; set to be a three day wellness retreat consisting of yoga, paddle-boarding and mountain air, it sounded like a much-needed post-party detox following on from my thirtieth birthday celebrations. Alas it was’t to be; my sister and her best […]

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Into the Wild – Jon Krakauer

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Into the Wild is one of those books that has been on my radar for a while; and indeed no sooner had I started reading it that almost everyone around me began professing their love for what is probably Jon Krakauer‘s best known book. I’m not sure where I got my copy from – whether it […]

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Wild Swimming in Sydney


While summer in Sydney might be officially over, with temperatures still balmy and the sun still shining, there’s set to be ample time to continue enjoying outdoor pursuits. And one of my favourite Sydney-based bloggers, the aptly named LondonerInSydney, has been kind enough to write about her favourite summer past-time; wild swimming in Sydney. Read […]

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Byron Bay Bluesfest

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I came across Byron Bay Bluesfest by accident; on the final day of our yoga teacher training, one of our teachers, Emme, played a song called Depth Over Distance by Ben Howard. Having narrowly missed seeing him play at Glastonbury the previous year, I decided to google him to see if he had an upcoming […]

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Spit to Manly Walk


Today’s blog comes from the wonderful Shandos Cleaver, of travel website Travelnuity, who has written about a walk that I’m yet to do – the famous Spit Bridge to Manly walk. There is so much to love about Sydney in summer. Spending days at the glorious beaches; alfresco evenings drinking cocktails; the celebrations for New Years Eve […]

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