No Two Persons Ever Read The Same Book- Edmund Wilson Hey there! Welcome to my website: a site by a book lover, about books for book lovers. Every month I review books for ABC radio on the 702 program ‘Overnights’. I have the luxury of choosing the books I review…they can be best sellers, new releases or just personal favourites. I get interview authors about their new books coming out which gives my reviews greater depth and insight. I hopeRead more


Have a listen to the full review of Vanessa’s holiday reads: ‘Heather, The Totality’ by Matthew Weiner, ‘Ostro’ by Julia Busuttil Nishimuraand ‘Dunkirk’ by A.D. Divine on ABC Radio’s ‘Overnights’ featuring presenter Rod Quinn. ‘Heather, The Totality’ is the first book by television director Matthew Weiner (creator of the famous TV show Mad Men) and tells the short story of Heather, who’s energy and force can revolve the lives of those around her. ‘Ostro’ is a great new cookbook on theRead more

‘Dunkirk’ by A.D. Divine

Genre: Military History A.D. Divine was the commander of one of the ‘Little Ships’ that was so crucial to the evacuation of Dunkirk. David Divine is also the journalist and writer to tell more about the patriotic legend of Dunkirk than any other writer- writing both non fiction and fictionalized versions of the event. Of the 338 000 people who were rescued during the Dunkirk evacuation, the Little Ships was responsible for saving 90 000. Divine was concerned that the historyRead more

‘Heather, the Totality’ by Matthew Weiner

Genre: Fiction, Novella Weiner was the creator, writer, executive producer and director of Mad Men and this is his first novel. This story is about the Breakstone family, a wealthy Manhattan family who arrange their lives arrange their daughter Heather. But as Heather gets older and her empathy sharpens and her radiance attracts more and more dark interest. Meanwhile a very different life, one raised in poverty and violence, is beginning its own malign orbit around Heather. The major themesRead more

GREAT MODERN WRITERS: Virginia Woolfe, ‘Mrs Dalloway’

Genre: Classic Fiction I’m starting off my book challenge with an old favourite! I read ‘Mrs Dalloway’ in high school and though it had an impact on me with it’s definition of ‘the perfect hostess’ rereading the book has given me greater insight and appreciation for this classic. To summarise, ‘Mrs Dalloway’ takes place in the space of a single day back in 1923 as Clarissa Dalloway, an upperclass English wife, prepares for a party she is hosting that evening. AsRead more

‘Beautiful Malice’ by Rebecca James

Genre: Fiction This read is a long time coming! I remember reading a great review of this book in the MUST READ section of a Women’s Weekly magazine back in 2010. Then, a few weeks ago I found a mysterious copy in my mother’s library and believed the universe was giving me a nudge to read it. This book is about Katherine, a 17 year old girl who has recently moved away from her shattered family to start afresh inRead more

The Secret Life of Whales by Micheline Jenner

Genre: Non-Fiction This was my holiday read for my recent trip to New Zealand. Didn’t see any whales- still on the bucket list but did see plenty of other gorgeous birds and spectacular scenery. Marine biologist Micheline Jenner has studied whales her entire career. It has become her life in more ways then one, not only in her career but also in her lifestyle. Micheline travels and studies whales with her husband Curt and has raised her family on theRead more