Posts Tagged ‘memoir’

Review: The Program

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

There are few stories more abjectly fascinating than those surrounding Lance Armstrong’s triumph over a cancer he was given infinitesimally small chance of surviving and his subsequent seven Tour de France (AKA Tour de Lance) victories. Consequently, there are few stories more assumptions-shattering than the revelation that Armstrong had, in fact, been using drugs to […]

Yes Please to Yes Please

Saturday, December 27th, 2014

There are much more eloquent reviews of Amy Poehler’s Yes Please out there, and all of them published upon the book’s release months ago. But I finally got to finish Yes Please (albeit reading it guilt-riddenly surreptitiously when I should have been doing other things), and I think the wisdom she imparts is both comforting […]

Aussie New Releases To Look Forward To

Friday, July 25th, 2014

There are several books by Australian authors being published in the last six months of the year that I’m really looking forward to, so I thought I’d share them with you. The first is already out, and it’s Kate Forsyth‘s Dancing With Knives.  Set on a farm outside Narooma in NSW, Dancing With Knives is a rural murder mystery […]

I Shall Not Hate

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

It’s admittedly sh%tty that it takes a horrific and ongoing event in a region to make me finally pick up a book about it. But the ever-escalating Israel–Palestine conflict finally made me move Izzeldin Abuelaish’s I Shall Not Hate from the black hole that is the to-be-read-at-some-stage list to the I-need-to-read-this-right-now one. Like Desert Flower, […]

What Is It? Genre Part II

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Hopefully you enjoyed What Is It? Genre Part I, it’s now time to delve a little deeper. Let’s take a look at the differences between: biography, autobiography and memoir? Often confusing, are they all the same? A biography is the life story of a person written by someone else. An autobiography is the life story of […]

Tara Moss, The Fictional Woman and Feminism

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

I had the great fortune to attend an author event for Tara Moss who was promoting her new book The Fictional Woman. For those who don’t know, Moss is a Canadian-Australian author that started out as a model at 14 years old. She claimed she was a tall nerdy girl at the time but kept […]

Great Expectations – 2012 and Australian non-fiction

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

It’s only Tuesday, but it’s been a good week so far for Australian non-fiction and for those of us looking to get our hands on some great new books to read. First off, the shortlist for the 2012 Indie Awards has been announced and it has highlight four of Australia’s best non-fiction books released in […]

The Happiest Refugee

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

I like Anh Do. I’ve been impressed with how likable, affable, down-to-earth, and funny he’s been each time I’ve seen him on TV. So I’m not entirely sure why I didn’t want to read his book. Or maybe I do, although I’ll admit my reasons are entirely superficial and arbitrary. Even though I’m a massive […]

Celebrated In One Country, Unknown In Another

Sunday, June 19th, 2011

It never ceases to amaze me how a writer can be celebrated, award-winning, and absolutely massive in one country and yet entirely unknown in another. I found that was the case with Canadian writer Wayson Choy, whose name until recently drew a blank with me (and with, I’m guessing, most other Australians). Choy’s first book, […]

Running The Zombie Gauntlet. Jumping The Zombie Moat (AKA Why I Don’t Read Stephen King)

Friday, April 15th, 2011

I don’t read Stephen King. Not out of some high-literary disdain for someone who’s written so much and sells so well to the general Joes. Not because he’s not a good writer. But precisely because he is. King has proved himself time and again throughout his 50-something books that he can create an intensely believable […]

Sleepwalk With Me And Other Painfully True Stories

Sunday, December 26th, 2010

Christmas Eve brought with it the arrival of a book I’d ordered months ago. As with almost everything, it was already available in the US, and I wasn’t entirely sure when the Australian release date was. So, it was something of a pleasant and perfectly timed surprise to find this book on my doorstep. I […]

The Family Law

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

I should probably issue a disclaimer that I not only know this author, I consider him one of my best friends. I should probably also disclose that my brother rates a mention within the book’s chapters and I get one at the end (at least, I think it’s me). But I would also like to […]

Ten Hail Marys

Saturday, May 8th, 2010

What surprises me most about harrowing memoirs is the matter-of-fact aplomb with which they’re so often conveyed. Kay Howarth’s Ten Hail Marys is no exception, with the Australian first-time author pragmatically detailing her experiences growing up both as an Indigenous Australian and as a pregnant teenager in St Margaret’s home for unwed mothers where she […]