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Review: The Painted Ocean – Gabriel Packard

I was recommended Gabriel Packard’s debut The Painted Ocean by Jayne from Girl Tweets World shortly after reading A Little Life, so it’s been on my radar for a while. Prior to a quick trip to Singapore I was almost entirely out of books, and understandably thrilled when my friend Emma – who I met for brunch […]

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Four Books to Read for Mental Health Awareness Week

  This week is Mental Health Awareness Week. Co-ordinated by the Mental Health Foundation, people are encouraged – both across the UK and the world over – to discuss and explore the topic of mental well-being. A cause very close to my heart, I ran the London Marathon in 2014 to raise money for mental health charity […]

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Review: The Vegetarian – Han Kang

I read The Vegetarian in a single sitting on a rare overcast morning in Bali. The skies outside were grey and looming, and the rain was loud against my window pane; a fitting backdrop to a dark and disturbing tale that won the 2016 Man Booker Prize. Set in modern-day Seoul, The Vegetarian was written […]

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Review: The Monk who Sold His Ferrari – Robin Sharma

I don’t think there’s ever been an occasion during my entire reading history that I’ve ever read a book that I wish I’d read ten years prior. Sure, there have been many, many books that I have loved; that I have reread with glee; that I have bought – somewhat pointless – multiple copies of, […]

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Review: The Nest – Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

The Nest - Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeny

Thus far, the Balinese book-swaps I’ve come across have left much to be desired. Little – if any of the literary offering have been in English – and those that have been tend to consist of a few dog-eared copies of he infamous Fifty Shades of Grey series. And so, despite an offer from my […]

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Review: Homegoing – Yaa Gyasi

I only packed four books for my time in Bali – something of a catastrophic mistake given my tendency to devour them in their droves coupled with the alarming lack of books readily available on the island of Gods. In among the travel writing tomes and guides to Bali was Homegoing by Ya Gyasi – a book […]

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Review: Wasted – Elizabeth Muir

I came across Wasted: A story of alcohol, grief and a death in Brisbane by Elizabeth Muir when The Stella Prize (the Australian equivalent of the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction) announced their longlisted books in February. While it hadn’t been my intention to read primarily non-fiction books this year, a pattern has certainly emerged in […]

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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 lauded […]

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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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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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