Inheritance by Balli Kaur Jaswal

★★★★ 4 stars Told through the eyes of a Punjabi Sikh family and set in Singapore between the 1970s and the 1990s, this bold debut tells the intersecting stories of a family and a nation—both struggling to survive the onslaught of change. Narain’s father is sending him to America in the hope that studying engineering […]

High Sobriety: My Year Without Booze by Jill Stark

★★★★ 4 stars ‘I was the binge-drinking health reporter. During the week, I wrote about Australia’s booze-soaked culture. At the weekends, I wrote myself off.’ A senior journalist with the Sunday Age, Scottish-born Jill Stark had won awards for her drug- and alcohol-related health reporting. She had also been a binge drinker since she was […]

The Italian Girl by Rebecca Huntley

    What makes us who we are: our name, food, language, religion? Social researcher/author Rebecca Huntley wanted to find out and the result is her gentle, deeply personal story about love, loss, family history and a crisis of identity. Huntley writes: “I always say ‘I’m Italian’, but it doesn’t feel true. I’m an imposter, […]

Only in Spain: In search of my heart’s desire by Nellie Bennett

    “Flamenco took me out of that narrow world where success was equated with the value of your handbag on eBay, your boyfriend’s taxable income and how close you were to buying that waterfront property … With flamenco I was transported into a world where everyone is beautiful, because beauty is in everything … […]

Me, Myself and Lord Byron: A woman, a poet and a quest to reclaim the zest for life by Julietta Jameson

For a number of reasons, life fell apart for journalist and author Julietta Jameson. By the time she reached her forties, highly successful in her career, single, unmarried and childless, she felt out of control and in this memoir — part personal journey, part travelogue — she bares her soul recounting how she arrived at […]

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