People power

Review by Julie Perrin and Andy Calder

Book | The Power of Friendship, the Open House story  | Digby Hannah

FROM its beginnings in 1971, Open House Ivanhoe – and now Open House MacLeod – has taken on the characteristics of a  social movement.

Based on research and interviews, author Digby Hannah has compiled ...

Marx for dummies

Review by Garth Jones

Book | Total Propaganda: Basic Marxist Brainwashing for the Angry and the Young | Helen Razer

Eight rich, old, white men control more wealth than the poorest 50 per cent of people on planet Earth.

That’s a depressingly slight percentage of the vaunted 1 per cent which benefited from the Global Financial ...

Ongoing battle

Battle of the Sexes | Film | M

Review by TIM LAM

All eyes will turn to Melbourne Park over the next fortnight as the world’s top players battle it out for the most prestigious tennis trophy in the Asia-Pacific region.

This year’s Australian Open has been shrouded in controversy before a ball was struck, with women’s tennis ...

Fire & Fury – Inside the Trump White House

Fire & Fury – Inside the Trump White House | Michael Wolff | Publisher – Henry Holt


Journalist Michael Wolff’s Fire & Fury – Inside the Trump White House, was published last week in a storm of anticipation and controversy.

Wolff offers a chilling insight into the Trump administration’s tumultuous first year. Predominantly an ...

Jungle all the way

Finding a film the whole family can enjoy can be a challenge during the Christmas holidays. We asked budding film critic Rebecca Nel, age 16, to give her verdict on one that might just fit the bill.

Jumanji-Welcome to the Jungle is a sequel to the original and well-known 1995 Jumanji film.

This action-comedy stars famous actors including Dwayne ...

Summer days

As summer approaches, many of us begin to think about the holidays ahead. Once the flurry of the festive season subsides, it is time to unwind and perhaps catch up on all those books, movies and TV series you missed throughout the year. Crosslight staff share some of their recommendations for your reading or viewing pleasure over the summer break.


Learning for life


Book | Educating for Purposeful Living in a Post- Traditional Age | Philip Hughes

One of the fundamental pillars of wellbeing is the feeling that we matter, that our very existence and our contributions have made a positive difference in this world. In the field of positive psychology this is labelled as ...

Knowing Nixon


Book | Richard Nixon: The Life | John A. Farrell

Richard Nixon remains a relevant political figure. Much of our present distrust of politicians, and culture wars between right and left, can be traced back to his era. His story reminds us that we need to keep a watchful eye on both what ...

Great expectations

Review by NIGEL TAPP

Film | A father’s dreams | Wyn Moriarty

To commit the story of your life thus far to print – the good and the bad – seems like a massive undertaking.

How will those I know now, who did not know me then, react? Will they view me differently? How will my ...

Resurrection return


Book | On the Third Day, Re-Looking at the Resurrection | John Queripel

JOHN Queripel suggests ways to look at the biblical account of Jesus’ resurrection with fresh eyes; he has us as the reader journey with him.

His writing style is relatively informal and inclusive; he engages with the reader ...

Brand power

Review by Garth Jones

Book | Recovery: Freedom From Our Addictions | Russell Brand

THE seven deadly sins, according to Wikipedia, originated with desert father Evagrius Ponticus.

Ponticus identified seven or eight evil thoughts or spirits humans strove to overcome. The concept was later transplanted to Europe by Ponticus’ student John Cassian, and became fundamental to ...

Blunt blade

Film | MA | Blade Runner 2049

Review by Garth Jones 

In 1981, Scott directed Blade Runner, a vexing, iconic work of noirish science fiction adapted from Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, a novel by author Philip K Dick.

Dick is presently enjoying a posthumous, contemporary renaissance – see Stan’s Philip K Dick’s Electric Dreams, produced ...