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

‘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

‘Museum of Modern Love’ by Heather Rose

Genre: Fiction I’m currently halfway through this sensational novel and it’s fast becoming one of my favourite books of 2017! This after months and months of out right saying ‘Nope!’ to the possibility of reading it because I thought it would just be another cheesy romance…well popular won this round- LITERARY WORLD: 1 NESS: 0 . ‘The Museum of Modern Love’ won the 2017 Stella Prize for Fiction. This is a major literary award in Australia and is awarded toRead more

Books on my Beside Table

University break is upon us! It’s a time to catch up on study and clock up some much needed sleep. For me, it’s also brings the air of freedom to read what I want. The air is warm and breezy here in Sydney at the moment….i.e. my absolute favourite time of year because it means Summer is coming which means Christmas is just around the corner! So this morning I donned some summer slacks and made a pile of booksRead more

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

‘Insomniac City’ by Bill Hayes

Insomniac City is a story of New York told through the eyes of a newcomer. Bill Hayes moved to New York in 2009 at the age of 48. He moved from San Francisco after the tragic death of his partner. He bought a one-way ticket and had only had the vaguest idea of what he’d do there. The title of the book is derived from Hayes’ lifelong dealings with insomnia and in fact many of the stories from this bookRead 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

Books for My Bedside Table

A rainy day, a cup of tea and a bookstore…the perfect day   The Age of Reinvention by Karine Tuil Another New York tale because I’m addicted to a city I’ve never been to! The book tells the story of talented law student Samir Tahar, a French Muslim, who encounters what he believes to be racial discrimination when applying for jobs. On a whim, he shortens his name to Sam and soon after is employed by a firm believing him toRead more