‘My Sister, the Serial Killer’ by Oyinkan Braithwaite

This book has been a literary favourite and a social media sensation. The story is set in Lagos, Nigeria during a corrupt and disruptive time for law and order. The author’s personal history with this town, being her hometown, gives an authentic and rich flavour to the writing. From the comfort of my Sydney, urban balcony when reading this book I can hear the trucks going along dusty roads and rain pelting so hard it breaks umbrellas. It is aRead 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

‘Life of I’ by Anne Mann

  Genre: Nonfiction/Psychology This is a fascinating book that describes the incredible rise of narcissism within individuals and society. Manne uses real life examples of narcissism such as the Lance Armstrong doping scandal, sexual assaults within the military and the horrendous Anders Breivik’s murderous rampage in Norway. She describes how our society has dramatically changed over the years to form an obsession of the self within an ultra competive world fuelled by the social media and celebrity culture. The bookRead more

‘Lycke’ by Mikaela Bley

Genre: Crime “Nordic noir” the most delicious name for a genre of fiction. Crime novels set in depths of Scandinavia are an ever increasing trend and, if my time working in a book store taught me anything, evokes some very loyal readers. ‘Lycke’ was my introduction into the genre and is a Swedish thriller and the first in the Ellen Tamm series. What was I expecting? I was expecting realism, with believable characters that highlight the complexity of human psychology.Read more

‘The Parcel’ by Anosh Irani

Genre: Fiction This is a new release by an acclaimed and award-winning author and playwright Anoshi Irani was born and raised in Bombay, India until he moved to Vancouver in 1998. His novel ‘The Song of Kahunsha” was nominated for a number of awards and a bestseller in Canada, China and Italy. “The Parcel” has already been nominated for the Governor General’s Award, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and a finalist for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize The storyRead more

‘Rich People Problems’ by Kevin Kwan

Genre: Satirical Fiction This is the third in the ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ series. The premise of these stories is about the exorbitant wealth and exclusive elite society of Singapore. It centres around three superrich, pedigree Chinese families. The first book called, ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ centres around the hilarious gossip, backstabbing and scheming that occurs when the heir to one of the largest fortunes in Asia brings home an ABC (American born Chinese) Each book delves deeper into the comical livesRead more

‘A Monster Calls’ by Patrick Ness

Genre: Young Adult/Fiction I loved this book! Even though it’s classified as a young adult book and has the protagonist of a teenage boy, it deals with the concepts of life and death as maturely as any adult fiction book would. This book is about a monster that shows up in the middle of the night. Who is ancient and wise and is there to tell Conor three stories and afterwards Conor must tell his story. However, this is notRead more

‘Tokyo Style Guide’ by Jane Lawson

Genre: Travel This book was reviewed on the ABC radio program ‘Overnights with Rod Quinn’ as part of my Christmas special. The podcast of the review is available under the ‘Podcasts’ tab if you want to hear the full review (: I was lucky enough to receive a copy of this book before my upcoming trip to Japan and I was able to use the book while I was in Tokyo. So this review is first hand experience. I alsoRead more

‘The Riviera Set’ by Mary S. Lovell

 Genre: Non-fiction This book was reviewed on the ABC radio program ‘Overnights with Rod Quinn’ as part of my Christmas special. The podcast of the review is available under the ‘Podcasts’ tab if you want to hear the full review (: I have a devastating habit of not finishing non-fiction books and yes…this has been one of them. However! The point of difference with this book is that I’ve kept thinking about it and I’ve been meaning to go backRead more