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Review: When Breath Becomes Air – Paul Kalanithi

When Breath Becomes Air - Paul Kalanithi

  If you’re looking for a heartbreaking book to read in a single sitting, then When Breath Becomes Air may just be what you’re after. It’s one of those books that I had seen almost everywhere before I finally bought it one wet and windy afternoon from in Mona Vale’s Berkelouw Books. It had been […]

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Review: The Roanoke Girls – Amy Engel

While I love life down under, one of the things I miss most about living in London – that ranks swiftly after my family and friends – is working with books. I was lucky enough to spend my last two years in London working for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction and as an avid book blogger […]

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6 Things Moving Abroad Has Taught Me

Having just passed my eighteen month anniversary in Australia, I thought now would be an appropriate time to reflect on my journey thus far, and write about the things that moving abroad has taught me; the good the bad and the ugly. I’ve already written in depth about what life has been life for me […]

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Review: Leap Year – Helen Russell

Leap In - Helen Russel

Last year while in Hawaii I read – and adored – Helen Russell’s The Year of Living Danishly. It was a rather odd juxtaposition; sweltering in the Hawaiian heat while day dreaming of candles and cushions and all things cosy. And, as happy as I am with the life I’ve built down under; the endless […]

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Review: Leap In – Alexandra Heminsley

  As someone who was so inspired by Alexandra Heminsley’s Running Like a Girl that I ran the London Marathon myself, it was with a great deal of delight that I learned she had penned Leap In: A Woman, Some Waves and the Will to Swim. Not too dissimilar from Running Like a Girl – […]

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A Girl Down Under: In Which I Face Deportation

I’ve been toying with writing this post for a while now. Of late, I’ve made a conscious effort to offer readers of my blog more than just a glimmer into my life down under; I’ve offered bits of blogging advice, travel tips and reading round-ups in the hope that those who choose to visit my site might find something […]

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Pack Your Carry-On: Books for Every Type of Traveller

Books for Travellers

Whether you’re heading to faraway lands in search of adventure, jetting off on a city break for a weekend of cosmopolitan culture, or simply searching for some sunshine and a glistening cliff-side pool, a good read is always a welcome companion. From the adventure seekers to the big dreamers, here are some of the very best bookss for […]

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Review: The Hate Race – Maxine Beneba Clarke

Having finally finished reading the BBC Top 100 in February last year, I was wary of setting myself any book-related challenges for 2017. I had originally toyed with the idea of spending the year reading only female writers; a notion that was soon binned when I realised that Yann Martel, author of Life of Pi, […]

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Review: This is How it Always is – Laurie Frankel

Now that I’m no longer choosing the books I read from a list of 100 I’m afforded much more freedom when it comes to my novel choices. Often I’ll chose something a friend or fellow blogger has recommended; sometimes it will be a book I’ve been meaning to read for a while; others I will chose […]

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Review: Life of Pi – Yann Martel

Life of Pi is one of those books that’s been on my radar for a number of years now. Having won the Man Booker Prize in 2002 and been recommended to me by multiple friends I certainly didn’t mean to wait over a decade since its publication to read it – but alas, as with […]

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