Six Degrees of Separation – from The Signature of All Things to Disraeli Avenue


It’s six degrees of separation for books. Created by Emma Chapman and Annabel Smith. Check out the rules if you want to play along.

We begin with Elizabeth Gilbert’s The Signature of All Things. Apparently it’s a very different book to her first one, Eat, Pray, Love. Which is good, because Eat was self-indulgent twaddle.

Another book that is supposedly quite different to previous work is Judy Blume’s latest, In the Unlikely Event. Continue reading

The Best of Us by Sarah Pekkanen

File The Best of Us by Sarah Pekkanen under ‘The Big Chill genre’. You know the story – university friends reunite, secrets and old hostilities/romances emerge, group stereotypes are all represented.

The Best of Us features the nerd (who has since become a multi-millionaire, obvs), the do-gooder, the ‘high-school sweethearts’, the seductress and the ring-in. There are jealousies, misconstrued situations, some burning desires and a hurricane… but nothing that takes ‘The Big Chill’ to the next level. Continue reading

Show-off holiday post: Hobart


I’ve just returned from a few days in Hobart with my lovely friend, Steph. Steph is an excellent travel companion because she understands the important stuff like snacks* and museum gift-shops**.

I hadn’t been to Hobart since the seventies (I know!), so really, all prior Tasmanian experiences didn’t count and I was essentially a newcomer.

And what an amazing few days we had. The purpose of the trip was to visit MONA, however I quickly realised that a visit to MONA is a good way to dress-up three days of eating and drinking. I’ve been lucky enough to have some amazing meals during the last few weeks but my two nights out in Hobart – at Franklin and then Ethos – were possibly two of the best meals I’ve ever eaten. Anywhere. Ever. Continue reading

Two threes and one four


Three quick reviews – poor show, I know, but after my few weeks of crazy studying, my brain is having some quiet time (or as my eight-year-old said a few days ago, “Please stop filling my brain list with things I don’t need!” – not sure what a ‘brain list’ is but I like the sound of it). Continue reading