PODCAST UPDATE! Love and pain prevail in any decade

Have a listen to Vanessa’s full review of ‘A Little Life’ by Hanya Yanagihara and ‘The Convict’s Daughter’ by Keira Lindsey on ABC Radio’s ‘Overnights’ featuring presenter Rod Quinn. Two engrossing novels that highlight the impact love and pain has on our lives and the fact that it hasn’t changed throughout historyRead more

PODCAST UPDATE! A Summer of Fish and Veggies

Have a listen to Vanessa’s full review of ‘The Sound of Summer’ by Jim Maxwell, ‘The Vegetarian’ by Han Kang and ‘The Australian Fish and Seafood Cookbook’ on ABC Radio’s ‘Overnights’ featuring presenter Rod Quinn. Jim Maxwell is a renowned Australian cricket commentator whose voice and comments about the sport are synonymous with Australian summers. Vanessa was lucky enough to chat with Jim about his new memoirs and to understand a little more about why cricket captures the hearts ofRead more

PODCAST UPDATE! Holiday Reads (…but really anytime reads)

At Christmas time last year I had a special book review segment that focused on Books for the Holidays. Basically, new books that would make great gifts. None of these books have a Christmas theme but were chosen based on a variety of genres and interests. It was a challenging review because not all of these are my kind of books but it was fun to give them a go (: The list included: -‘The Riviera Set’ by Mary S.Read more

PODCAST UPDATE! Up all night with love and tears

Have a listen to Vanessa’s full review of ‘The Life of I’ by  Anne Manne and ‘When Breath Becomes Air’ by Dr Paul Kalanithi on ABC Radio’s ‘Overnights’ featuring presenter Rod Quinn. Two engrossing stories- one non-fiction, the other a memoir that both will have a profound effect on any reader!Read more

PODCAST UPDATE! What Women Want (it’s not always what you think)

Have a listen to Vanessa’s full review of ‘The Animators’ by Kayla Rae Whitaker and ‘The Dangers of Truffle Hunting’ by Sunni Overend on ABC Radio’s ‘Overnights’ featuring presenter Rod Quinn. Vanessa was lucky enough to interview Sunni about her writing process and inspiration for sensuous novel. Both books have strong female leads and shys away from the stereotypical idea that it’s love and relationships that complete a woman.Read more