Book Review: Keith Stuart’s A Boy Made Of Blocks

A Boy Made Of Blocks - Keith Stuart

I had a sneaky suspicion, before even turning the first page of Keith Stuart’s debut novel, that I would really enjoy it. Having been marketed as “the most uplifting novel of the year” and received a glowing endorsement from Graeme Simsion, writer of The Rosie Project - one of my favourite reads in recent years - I was…Read the full article…

The daily commute – does it have to be a burden?

UK Train Travel

Being a regular rail user, my interest was recently piqued by findings from the UK’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) on the topic of commuting. The study of both employees and self-employed people, entitled Commuting and Personal Well-being, analysed how time spent commuting and the method of travel affect life satisfaction. The results were not…Read the full article…

A ‘Gold’ review for Chris Cleave’s latest Olympic novel

Issue 13 of Guru Magazine is out today, and in it you’ll find my latest book review – and a very timely one, at that. As the nation remembers the Olympic Games one year on, I review British author Chris Cleave’s third novel, GOLD - the fictional tale of two Olympic cyclists, Zoe Castle and Kate Meadows, and…Read the full article…

Carrie Dunn’s ‘Spandex’ peers behind the British wrestling curtain

It’s really quite fitting that Carrie Dunn’s new book, an exploration of the business of British professional wrestling, is called Spandex. Much more than just a catchy title, the name is actually emblematic of mainstream perception of wrestling as a whole. No matter how much the industry has evolved over the past three decades into the…Read the full article…

Reviewed: Hart Strings by Julie Hart

WWE Smackdown Live Tour in Durban

Few professional wrestlers’ careers have been as highly-documented as that of Bret Hart. Not only did the seven-time World heavyweight champion bare all in his highly-acclaimed autobiography My Real Life in the Cartoon World of Wrestling back in 2007, but the WWE Hall of Famer’s career has also been celebrated in a number of DVD boxsets over the…Read the full article…

Reviewed: The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas

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It’s the ABC show that everyone is currently talking about – but have you read the book? Guru Magazine‘s Ben Veal has, and he wasn’t exactly bowled over… High praise has certainly been heaped upon Christos Tsiolaks’ The Slap: The Times dubbed it the “first great Australian novel,” while John Boyne has even gone so…Read the full article…