BOOK REVIEW: Olivier
By Philip Ziegler (Maclehose Press, RRP $40)
My impression of Sir Laurence Olivier is a sort of vague one of him playing Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights, or declaiming Shakespeare effortlessly. Either that or I associate him with Vivien Leigh, to whom he was married for several years.
Beyond that, I have a vague notion of theatrical greatness and, of course, legendary film performances.
Olivier, by Philip Ziegler, goes behind those somewhat broad notions to dig into the man himself, and it's very interesting reading.
Ziegler has a nice knack of saying just enough about a stage of Olivier's life to keep you reading and engaged, but not so much that you find yourself getting bored or irritated with the subject matter.
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The Gods of Guilt
By Michael Connelly (Allen & Unwin, RRP $37)
Reviewed by Gordon Hancock
This was my first encounter with the very popular "legal-thriller" genre and so I had no reference point against which to compare it.
After reading The Gods of Guilt, I doubt that it will be my last encounter.
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Nadia Lim's Good Food Cookbook
By Nadia Lim (Random House, RRP $50)
Reviewed by Lea Mason
Nadia Lim's Good Food Cookbook is simple, easy and packed full of healthy and nutritious recipes to cater for everyone. As a dietician, you can trust Nadia to create the best option for the whole family, while still providing recipes that are quick and easy and don't need hours spent on them to prepare a tasty meal.
Nadia starts each section with helpful and nutritional ideas that make each mealtime healthy and exciting. All recipes clearly state if they are gluten free, dairy free or vegetarian, along with the key facts about how much carbohydrate protein, fat and energy is in each meal. Nadia ensures that each meal is packed with loads of fresh fruit and vegetables, while still being tasty.
BOOK REVIEW: I Am Pilgrim
By Terry Hayes (Bantam Press, RRP $38)
Award-winning screenwriter Terry Hayes has made an undoubtedly successful move from writing for the viewer to writing for the reader.
Hayes has an impressive track record: he trained as a journalist, then worked in newspapers and produced a radio programme in Australia before writing the screenplay for Mad Max 2. He also co- produced and wrote some of Australia's most famous offerings for both the big and small screen, including Dead Calm, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome and Bodyline.
I Am Pilgrim is a cracking crime thriller that features murder (of course), stolen eyeballs and Pilgrim: the code name for a man who doesn't exist.
Pilgrim once headed a secret spy unit for the United States before he disappeared into anonymous retirement.
BOOK REVIEW: After Liff
By John Lloyd and Jon Canter (Faber and Faber, RRP $29)
Subtitled "the new dictionary of things there should be words for", this little hard-covered gem picks up where The Meaning of Liff left off back in 1983.
That original book was written by John Lloyd and the late Douglas Adams of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy fame.
Adams died in 2001 and while his humour and clever wordplay had a big role in the success of that first book, Lloyd certainly has the chops to stand up to the scrutiny of the fans, with his work as producer of the likes of To the Manor Born, Not the Nine O'Clock News, Blackadder, Spitting Image and (my favourite) QI.
Add to the mix Jon Canter - a man who has written stand-up comedy for Lenny Henry, worked as a journalist and been a script editor for Fry and Laurie, and you have a pretty good combination.
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