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Review: The Signature of All Things – Elizabeth Gilbert

I’ve read four of Elizabeth Gilbert’s previous books – Eat Pray Love, Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It, Big Magic and The Last American Man, but The Signature of All Things – long-listed for the 2014 Baileys Prize – is the first novel of hers I’ve read. As Gilbert’s first work of fiction for over […]

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Review: A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry

A Fine Balance

I’ve been recommended Rohinton Mistry’s A Fine Balance many-a-time over the past few years. Firstly by a friend Laura who I interned with at the beginning of my time in London, then by one of my best friend’s Sarah, who was taught English by Mistry’s wife when living in Tortonto; and lastly by my friend […]

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Review: Little Deaths – Emma Flint

Back in February when my mum and step-dad visited me in Sydney from the UK, I had got in touch with a number of book publicists back home who I knew from my book blogging days in London. Despite having lived in Sydney for almost two years now, I still try to keep abreast of […]

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Review: The Dry – Jane Harper

The Dry is one of those books that I had seen almost everywhere prior to actually reading it myself. I remember seeing someone reading it at a hotel in Seminyak, then again at the airport in Malaysia; on the tube in London and finally on the plane back o Australia. And so, on returning to […]

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The LA Edit: Adventure Awaits in the Hollywood Hills

Both my nearest and dearest and readers of this blog will know all-too-well of my love for the land down under. My time here has had been anything but smooth-sailing, but despite it all; the heartaches, the humiliations, the horrible bosses and the homesickness, my love for Sydney – and my home in Bondi – […]

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Review: The Thousand Lights Hotel – Emylia Hall

I’ve been a huge fan of Emylia Hall’s ever since I first read her debut, The Book of Summers, many moons ago. So enthralled was I with this tale of hot and heady summers in Hungary, so inspired was I by her writing, that I soon after followed in Hall’s footsteps by attending an Arvon […]

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Review: Testimony – Anita Shreve

For me, the best kind of books are those that take you by surprise. The sort that you weren’t expecting to enjoy; the kind that you had little or no expectations for, yet that managed, in one fell swoop, to blow you away. I’ve had a handful of Anita Shreve books on my shelves for […]

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Vinegar Girl – Anne Tyler

I first read Anne Tyler a couple of years ago when Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant was recommended to me; and then went on to read A Spool of Blue Thread when it was shortlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction two years ago. An all-American writer her books are comforting, yet intelligent, and […]

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On The End Of My Three Month Adventure

The dawn sky is streaked with pink and I can hear the sounds of Waikiki coming to life outside my window. I’ve barely slept; the combination of a post-wedding come-down, the first night I’ve been alone in weeks; the nervous anticipation of returning home proving to be an unsettling one. It’s exactly three months since I […]

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Review: Hot Milk – Deborah Levy

It was the cover that drew me in; it often is when it comes to books. I was on a 3 week trip back to London, and under strict self-imposed instructions not to buy any books. Having travelled with hand luggage only, I already had three to take back to Bali and suffice it to […]

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