Book Reviews

I review books on RDU 98.5 FM Christchurch for Scorpio Books. Here are my latest reviews on podcast:

The Subtle Art of Not Giving and F*ck by Mark Manson

Blogging sensation Mark Manson isn’t a psychologist – not does he claim to be one. In this fearless, funny and surprisingly insightful self-help book, he proposes a counterintuitive method for living well. Manson is a compelling writer who isn’t afraid to stir the pot a little to get his message across. Genuinely life-changing.

Light the Dark edited by Joe Fassler

I like to think of this book as creative Viagra. Who better to take writing advice from than some of today’s most acclaimed writers, including Elizabeth Gilbert, Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Amy Tan and Roxane Gay. In 46 short essays, this book teaches us how to cut through the excuses and get writing.


Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel

This is one of my favourite books from 2017. The true story of the ‘last true hermit’ is told with perception and empathy by journalist Michael Finkel. Quirky and astonishing, with hidden depths.


Two Steps Forward by Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist

The husband-and-wife team of Simsion and Buist pen a great escapist holiday read about a mid-life romance formed on the Camino de Santiago. I gobbled this up.


Midwinter Break by Bernard MacLaverty

MacLaverty’s writing is crisp and poignant. When an Irish couple in their sixties take a weekend’s break to Amsterdam, the threads holding their relationship together begin to unravel and we are drawn back to the past, to one terrible day in Belfast. This book is full of heart, and revelations.


YA Fiction double: Turtles All the Way Down by John Green and Landscape With Invisible Hand by M.T. Anderson

Over the summer I ventured into the perilous world of young adult novels, and was surprised by the depth and scope of what I read. Turtles All the Way Down is a sympathetic look at a young woman’s struggle with intrusive thoughts – with a mystery and a romance in the mix too. Landscape with Invisible Hand is a post-invasion satire that illuminates issues facing young people today.