• Crime fiction,  TV/Movies

    Not Forgiven But Forgotten: Top of the Lake (Season 2) – China Girl

    The future is female, and so is crime television. 2017 became a game-changer with a previously unseen revolution of powerful and strong women fighting for their rights and openly denouncing the inequality and the violence – many times silenced – that has been historically embedded and tolerated in everyday life. Time’s Person of the Year for 2017 was a celebration of all the women who have spoken against this violence and who have taken the necessary steps to assure they get the justice they deserve. The Time’s Up initiative was made public days before the Golden Globes, where a relentless Natalie Portman openly denounced Hollywood’s inequality causing a stir and…

  • Crime fiction,  Domestic Noir

    Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty

    Liane Moriarty’s latest novel Truly Madly Guilty came out last summer and I was kindly sent an early review copy by the publishers. But being a fan of Moriarty – you can check my reviews of her previous novels here – I knew I was in for a treat and I wanted to make sure I had free time to sit and devour the book. When I finally took a month off this summer (better later than never, eh?) I knew that one of the books I would enjoy the most in the pile of selected readings would be Moriarty’s. Turns out, I did not know what I had waiting…

  • Essays,  Random

    Women’s Education, Women’s Health Care and Feminism by Cate Blanchett

    Cate Blanchett, always the genius, spoke at Labour Minister Gough Whitlam’s memorial (1916 – 2014) about free education, free healthcare, motherhood, single-mothers, the state of the arts and many other things I cannot transmit in these lines. Just sit down, and enjoy: Also, did you see the row of non-applauding rich, white people when she talks about free healthcare?

  • 21st Century,  General Fiction,  Postcolonial

    The Australian Fiancé by Simone Lazaroo

    The Australian Fiancé is Simone Lazaroo’s second novel. I borrowed the book from a professor after Simone’s lessons and read if right after The World Waiting to be Made because the writing was so good, I wanted to see how the author’s style developed. From GoogleBooks: In 1949 a young Eurasian woman who survived the Japanese occupation of Singapore meets the son of a privileged Australian family and accompanies him to Broome. Captivated by this life and his photography, she comes to see herself anew, but is the image true? Themes of the novel are the aftermath of war, prejudice and alienation. Author was born in Singapore and lives in…

  • 21st Century,  General Fiction,  Postcolonial

    The World Waiting to be Made by Simone Lazaroo

    I learned about Australian writer Simone Lazaroo and her works during her lessons at my M.A. Her debut novel, The World Waiting to be Made (1994) is partly autobiographical and can be studied as an amazing example of diasporic literature written by a woman. From Book Depository: A young woman journeys back to her birthplace, Singapore, and to Malacca, her ancestral home, to discover rich, complex and mysterious aspects of her own identity. Aspects of herself that had only been half remembered, hinted at, or understood during a dislocated childhood and adolescence growing up in contemporary suburban Australia.The World Waiting to be Made charts the uncertain progress of an outsider…