Category Archives: Book reviews

‘Motherhood is a cinch’: Interview with Jacinta Tynan

‘Motherhood is a cinch’: Interview with Jacinta Tynan

In 2010, Sky News presenter and mum to a 9 month old boy, Jacinta Tynan wrote an article for the Sunday Life magazine titled ‘Is motherhood really that hard’ saying she found motherhood easy and she didn’t know what everyone was complaining about…. it opened a can of worms. (Read the article here). Through her… Continue Reading

Book review: How to Thrive (with Arianna Huffington)

Book review: How to Thrive (with Arianna Huffington)

In a modern-day quest to find success, co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post, Arianna Huffington explores the parameters of what it means to ‘live a good life’ in her recent book, Thrive. Being a huge success in her industry being named 12 in the Forbes list for Most Influential Women in Media and the… Continue Reading

Stand up for Malala: Empowering girls through education

Stand up for Malala: Empowering girls through education

17-year-old Malala Yousafzai is an inspiration. At age 15, she was shot in the head by the Taliban because she wanted an education for her and every other girl in Pakistan. She defied all odds and survived the ordeal. The Taliban took away her freedom to live in Pakistan, but her fight for the right… Continue Reading

The huge bag of worries: childhood anxiety

The huge bag of worries: childhood anxiety

My daughter brought a book home from preschool last week called The Huge Bag of Worries by Virginia Ironside. I read it to my three children at bedtime and was not ready for the conversation that ensued. The book is about a girl called Jenny. Everywhere she goes, she is followed by a big, blue… Continue Reading

Do you have Rushing Woman’s Syndrome?

Do you have Rushing Woman’s Syndrome?

In a world driven to label everything, there is even something called Rushing Woman’s Syndrome. Coined by author and biochemist, Dr Libby Weaver, it is the label for women who are stressed out, over tired, coffee fueled and lacking good support networks to talk about being a woman. In her book aptly named, Rushing Woman’s… Continue Reading

Book review: Down and out in Paris and London

Book review: Down and out in Paris and London

Written in 1933, this book is a personal account by George Orwell of poverty and being in and out of work and homelessness in both Paris and London during the Great Depression. In London, beggars and tramps were institutionalised and socially ingrained in society. They were the very low of low in society and there… Continue Reading