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Book Review: The Dinner by Herman Koch

If you like your literature served up in sickly sweetness, classic fairytale arcs, loveable characters and happy endings, this is not the book for you. The Dinner is an unsettling and sometimes confronting read. Definitely on the savoury side, many-layered with challenging flavours and textures. Ever eaten something you can’t identify and then realised you… Continue reading Book Review: The Dinner by Herman Koch

bookishness · inspiring folk · out and about

Ancient Rain with Paul Kelly + Camille O’Sullivan

Being fifty-something, I love an experience anchored by a moment in history. A happening my future self can align to something important. It’s a variation on “where I was when …” the twin towers collapsed/John Lennon was shot/the Berlin wall came down. My future self will now remember the day I saw Ancient Rain as the… Continue reading Ancient Rain with Paul Kelly + Camille O’Sullivan

bookishness · out and about

Word For Word Non-Fiction Festival 2016

Being fifty-something, I’ve figured out where my “campfires” are, the places where I can gather with like-minds to feed my curiosity, celebrate, commiserate and share stories. One of my campfires is the writers festival circuit. I love an author talk, a book signing, a writers’ panel and a writerly workshop. Today I attended the launch… Continue reading Word For Word Non-Fiction Festival 2016

bookishness · out and about

Food Trails by Lonely Planet ~~Book review

Being fifty-something, I’m all for the road less travelled. Give me a quiet, uncrowded journey where the magic unfolds at my pace. If that magic is punctuated by new food experiences, all the better. In Food Trails, Lonely Planet unpacks 52 short breaks embracing the road less travelled through a cherry-picked collection of the world’s… Continue reading Food Trails by Lonely Planet ~~Book review

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The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins ~~ a book review

Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She’s even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. ‘Jess and Jason’, she calls them. Their life – as she sees it… Continue reading The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins ~~ a book review

bookishness · health matters

A Brain for Life ~~ Book Review

A Brain for Life – how to optimise your brain’s health by making simple lifestyle changes now By Nicola Gates, PhD [Published by ABC Books]   Being fifty-something, I’m prone to an occasional “senior moment”. Every so often, I wonder if not being able to find my keys is a signal of something more sinister.… Continue reading A Brain for Life ~~ Book Review

bookishness · health matters

Is your job making you fat? ~~ Book Review

Is your job making you fat? How to lose weight and control your waist at work By Ken Lloyd, PhD & Stacey Laura Lloyd (Nero Books) When I sighted the cover of this book, I expected a light-weight how-to about “al desko” exercise rationalised by more of the “sitting is the new smoking” message we’re all… Continue reading Is your job making you fat? ~~ Book Review