On My Wishlist: Women in Dark Time, by Jacqueline Rose

Women in dark times, Jacqueline Rose | kayoz talks books

I’ve just been listening to the interview with Jacqueline Rose at the Sydney Writers Festival, talking about her book, Women in Dark Times, and about three extraordinary women – German-Jewish painter Charlotte Salomon, revolutionary socialist Rosa Luxemburg and Hollywood actress Marilyn Monroe – and their “the courage to bring the unspeakable to light”, and about the need…




Book Review: Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls (Vol 1)

Good night stories for Rebel Girls vol 1 | Kayoz Talks Books

Good Night Stories by Rebel Girls: 100 tales of extraordinary women by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo, 2016. Publisher: Timbuktu Labs, Inc. 224 pages, RRP US$35 I can’t believe I didn’t review this before! I bought Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls in the kickstarter campaign last year, and gave it to my girls for Christmas. They…




NOT Your Average Princess Stories

The princess companion by Melanie Cellier | Kayoz Talks Books

I am currently reading the second book in the The Four Kingdom’s series by Australian Author Melanie Cellier. And loving it! This is not yet a full review – I’ll save that for when I have read all four, but let me just say, these are not your average princess stories. Full of allusions to…




The Best of Twilight Fan Fiction

Twilight cover

The Twilight series* – and the mass of fan fiction it’s spawned – are rather fascinating to me. The books themselves are quite compelling, even while I read them with feminist criticism firmly running through my head. Culturally we are suckers for a ‘good’ romance. Romeo & Juliet is the classic romantic tragedy and is…




Kerry Greenwood Books in Order (From Phryne Fisher to Ancient Egypt, to YA and Children’s Books)

Phryne Fisher Mystery Dead Man's Chest; Kerry Greenwood

(First published in 2012, most recently updated November 2016) With the introduction of Phryne Fisher to the television screens, of course my interest in re-reading the books returned. But this time I’d like to read them in order, rather than starting in the middle and hopping around randomly. Of course Greenwood’s written more than the…




Kathy Reichs Books in Order

Kathy Riechs deja dead book cover

(Originally posted January 2012, most recently updated April 2017) Kathy Reichs, like the lead character of her popular Temperance Brennan novel series, is a forensic anthropologist. She is also a very successful novelist. As well as the Temperance Brennan novels, she has written a young-adult series which feature Tempe’s great-niece, Tori Brennan, and her friends.…




Book Review: The Rules of Conception

The Rules of Conception by Angela Lawrence

Have you ever wondered how “donor dads” become donor dads? Have you ever considered the intricacies of how to find a donor dad if you want one, and what to say to him when you do?

The Rules of Conception is an entertaining read from new Australian writer Angela Lawrence. It will answer those questions and more that you had never thought to ask, and it will do it in a way that keeps you fascinated. But don’t be fooled, this is not a documentary. This is a work of fiction of surprising depth.