February Picks

Isaacson, Walter (2017) Leonardo Da Vinci. Simon & Schuster. A comprehensive biography of an artist and creative genius who was obsessed with knowledge. Leonardo was a "man without letters" and a "disciple of experience". Anatomy was his abiding specialism but his natural curiosity led him to pursue 'enthusiasms' across multiple disciplines. He was insatiable in his imagination, a perfectionist,… Continue reading February Picks


January Picks

Clinton, Hillary Rodham (2017) What Happened. Simon & Schuster. Hilary Clinton's memoir shares her journey, memories and insights of the 2016 US presidential campaign. She reflects on Trump’s campaign and his presidency so far, the sexism she experienced on the campaign trail, and interference by former FBI director James Comey and the Russian government. Whilst factors surrounding… Continue reading January Picks

December Picks

Hoffman, Alice (2017) The Rules of Magic. Simon & Schuster. In the prequel to Practical Magic Hoffman introduces us to Franny and Jet, the relatives who raised Sally and Gillian Owen, and a four-hundred year old family curse. Franny, Jet and their brother Vincent are children of the sixties, ever mindful of the rules of magic set… Continue reading December Picks

Best Picks 2017

It's always hard to limit your best reads in a high reading year to only ten. Whilst I am still bingeing on psychological thrillers, it is non-fiction that has caught much of my attention this year.  These are my top ten reads for 2017: Strout, Elizabeth (2017) Anything is possible. Viking. Although not strictly a sequel… Continue reading Best Picks 2017

November Picks

Harper, Jane (2017) Force of Nature. Pan Macmillan. The Dry was one of my favourite books of 2016, now Jane Harper has released her new mystery where Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk is again the unlikely hero. Five women are reluctantly part of a corporate retreat in the rugged Giralang Ranges. As they hike deeper… Continue reading November Picks

October Picks

Zomorodi, Manoush (2017) Bored and Brilliant: How spacing out can unlock your most productive and creative self. St Martin's Press.  Bored and Brilliant builds on a 2015 experiment where listeners of a popular podcast and radio show unplugged their devices to get bored and jump-start their creativity.  Zomprodi explores the concept of boredom and original… Continue reading October Picks

September Picks

Meyer, Stephanie (2016) The Chemist. Sphere. As a fan of the Twilight saga I was keen to read Stephanie Meyer's little hyped latest offering. Interrogator and medic, Alex, tortured terrorists for a shadowy US government organisation before the agency turned on her. Now she is on the run carrying various chemical compounds to keep the assassins  at… Continue reading September Picks