Women’s Weekender: For everything you need on your read, listen & binge list


Spring has sprung! Okay, so maybe Sydney hasn’t got the memo yet, but the good news is that we’ve made it through another work week. So settle into some excellent books and podcasts and shake off those memories of never-ending zoom calls, thanks to our friends at Scribd

This week, we travel the world with investigative reporter Sophie McNeill as she throws a confronting lens on the lives of people affected by war and famine, in her latest book, ‘We Can’t Say We Didn’t Know’; take a look at the sensational bestselling novelist Holly Ringland’s book ‘The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart’ and take a break from through meditation activities on the podcast, ‘Radio HeadSpace.’

Read: We Can’t Say We Didn’t Know – Sophie McNeill

Award-winning journalist, Sophie McNeill has reported on some of the most war-ravaged places on earth for more than 15 years, including Syria, Gaza, Yemen, West Bank and Iraq. In her incredible non-fiction book, ‘We Can’t Say We Didn’t Know’, Sophie highlights the human face of this devastation as well as the hope behind the headlines. 

McNeill’s sharp, definitive reporting shows us what happens when evidence and facts shift into subjective and debatable territory, and how and why disinformation, impunity and hypocrisy have now become the norm. This book is more relevant than ever as news about Afghanistan and the Taliban dominate our media. 

Shortlisted for the 2020 Walkley Award, and the 2021 WA Premier’s Book Awards, this stunning read will open your mind to the people behind the news stories we read. 

Read it here as an ebook, on Scribd.

Listen: The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart – Holly Ringland

This award-winning book, follows a young girl named Alice Hart, who tragically loses both her parents in a mysterious fire at the beginning of the novel. She goes to live with her grandmother on a flower farm where she learns some uncomfortable secrets about her family’s past.

Alice settles down, but grows up not knowing much about her family’s true story. In her twenties, Alice suffers devastating betrayal and loss with those she thought she could trust. Trying her best to outrun grief, Alice flees to the central Australian desert.

This story will take you to Australia’s most beautiful landscapes and wilderness. As the winner of the 2019 ABIA General Fiction Book of the Year Award, and now being turned into an Amazon Prime series, starring Sigourney Weaver, listen to it read and be transported away to another world. 

Listen to it here, on Scribd. 

Podcast: ALT: Radio HeadSpace: Trust Your Gut  

These short, 5 minute, accessible daily podcasts are made from the people who gave us HeadSpace, one of the best meditation apps around. These Radio HeadSpace episodes are designed as a moment of reflection and mindfulness in our busy lives, especially as so many of us are struggling under lockdown.

Have you felt a little disentangled from your own heart? Listen to one of our favourite episodes of late: about learning to trust your instinct, and your gut.

Listen now, on Scribd. 

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