Friday, October 28, 2011

Imperial Russian Ballet

Ballet is a tricky art form: done adequately or even done well is simply not good enough. It has to be exquisite, seemingly effortless, with every movement like liquid silk and every step a freefall glide... or something to that effect.

The Imperial Russian Ballet company achieved just that when performing their festival in Auckland last Wednesday. Exquisite. Effortless. Liquid silk. All that.

There was sheer beauty (Don Quixote), laughter (Can-Can), thunder and lightning (Bolero). A must see.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Twice and a 1/2 Upon A Time

Yvonne Walus is proud to present "Twice and a 1/2 Upon A Time", published by Pipers Ash (UK). Now on Kindle!


Thursday, October 06, 2011

The Help

Last week I finished THE HELP by Kathryn Stockett (published by Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam). In a word: brilliant.


Before I started reading, I worried it would be too political, too moralistic, too sweet, too upsetting, too patronising to the reader. Nothing of the sort. The voices are realistic, the characters worthy of knowing, the message poignant without resorting to saccharine or gall.


Now, the only problem is, the experience has spoilt me for other books. I don't feel like chick lit, or a murder mystery, or a thriller. I just want to read THE HELP all over again.