Nicole Hayes is one of my favourite Australian authors. This is due to two main factors – the first, that she is a magnificent writer who manages to capture emotion so well that I have often found myself nodding with recognition when reading her works. The second is that she is also a diehard footy … More Nicole Hayes
The year is 2018. And yet, the two biggest sellers in the true crime genre remain, to this day, books about murders that happened well over 40 years ago respectively. They are both notorious as the standard to which all other true crime books are measured, and they are still just as frightening, evocative and … More In Cold Blood by Truman Capote/Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi
And just like that, 2017 has come and gone. I remember opening this exact piece last year with a lamentation on how horrendous a year 2016 had been, what with the passing of so many legends and the foreshadowing of the political climate. Unfortunately, 2017 was not much of an improvement on this front. In … More Top five reads of 2017!
It’s the time of the year again where spooky is in vogue – there are blockbuster Stephen King films and television series, pumpkins and ghouls are in shopfronts everywhere and, perhaps most frighteningly of all, the countdown to Christmas is officially on. So what better time to write about some of the scarier books I’ve … More Halloween special: terrifying books
Winter is here, and it’s one of the best times of the year for reading. It’s too cold to go outside and do anything and none of us want to leave our bed on the dark, frosty mornings. It may be a cliché to curl up with a book and a blanket while the rain … More Winter reads
This has been the most enjoyable June I’ve had since I’ve started my sci-fi/fantasy annual tradition. Through no more reason that pure word of mouth, this year I elected to read Melbourne writer C.S. Pacat’s Captive Prince trilogy. And I’m so glad that I did, as I really enjoyed it! Following his half-brother Kastor’s … More June: Captive Prince trilogy
In the realm of music biographies, there are a few that rise above the echelon and find their way into popular culture. Due to an oversaturation of the market of “celebrity memoirs” and a reduction in demand for the “tell-all”, these books are becoming fewer and fewer. In recent times, Jimmy Barnes’ Working Class Boy … More Scar Tissue by Anthony Kiedis/The Long Hard Road Out of Hell by Marilyn Manson