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The Muse – Jessie Burton

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After a recent trip back to London, which involved sorting through hundreds of books that had been packed away in every available nook and cranny of my mum and step-dad’s cottage, I was left with the arduous task of which books to give away, which to leave in storage, and which should come back to […]

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It was while I was clearing out the remnants of my possessions in my London flat while on a recent trip back to the UK that I came across a nameless novel from Hodder Books. As well as having no title to speak of, said book also lacked both a blurb and any evidence of […]

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The Modern Yogi Project: In the Beginning

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Things have been rather stressful of late. My Instagram feed may be made up of picturesque sunrises that show Bondi basking in an early morning glow and cozy book nooks with steaming cups of tea, and while the vast majority of the time I’m living the Australian dream, that’s not to say there aren’t stresses […]

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Mad Girl – Bryony Gordon


Ever since I read Bryony Gordon’s memoir of her misspent twenties – The Wrong Knickers – almost two years ago, I’ve been eagerly awaiting a follow-on and consequently continued to read in earnest Gordon’s Telegraph columns in absence of said sequel. Thus it was with utter glee that I found out that Bryony was indeed writing a […]

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All Things Cease to Appear – Elizabeth Brundage

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It was shortly after finishing Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life that I began All Things Cease to Appear. So consumed had I been by Yanagihara’s second novel that I was at a loss for what – if anything – I should read next. Keen for a meaty page-tuner that would reel me in from the […]

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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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