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As house prices fall in most capital cities around Australia, a host of regional towns are stepping into the spotlight, offering easy commutes, plenty of open space and the lure of one thing money can’t buy - time. Alex Brooks zeroes in on the areas...

Alex Brooks has experience editing and publishing lifestyle magazines in Australia, working for small and large publishers. Alex was a freelance editor on Sunday Life magazine as well as contributing stories to the Sunday newspaper colour supplement under the editorship of Alison Boleyn. She also freelanced...

We put off happiness, neglect our families and pay a dog-walker – all so we can spend more time at the office in pursuit of a better life. Time has become so precious that advertisers are now trying to sell it to us. Alex Brooks...

Proud home owners can make up to $10,000 a day, simply by renting out their stylish abodes to film production companies - as long as they don't mind hordes of crew and the occasional elephant in their living room. Alex Brooks investigates for Sunday Life...

There are plenty of businesses making money from our 1950s nostalgia in the new millenium. Alex Brooks investigates for Sunday magazine. The dazzling allure of the1950s era is charming the dollars from people who never even saw the decade first hand. Demographer Bernard Salt says that today’s...

They eke out a modest existence designing homes for their clients but what kind of houses do architects live in? And what do their partners think? Alex Brooks took a peek inside the houses of six very different architects for Sunday Life magazine. If mechanics have...

With more than three million thirty-something singles looking for love in Australia, it can't be that hard to find Miss Right or Mr Tonight, can it? Alex Brooks dips her toe into the dating pool for a Valentine's Day story for Sunday Life magazine. It's a Sunday...

Romance novelist Valerie Parv, 53, is one of Australia’s best-selling international author with more than 25 million books sold around the world. The State Library of NSW has been archiving her papers since 1994. She has been married to her own romantic hero, a former...

Price tags are strange things. What makes someone pay $2000 for a toy that was a freebie in a chocolate or $40,000 for a piece of a propeller? Alex Brooks writes for Sunday Life about what dictates the cost of the things we covet. Economist and social researcher Clive...

Alex Brooks wrote this upfront Good Weekend news piece about KIPPERS: Kids In Parents Pockets Eroding Retirement Savings. Aren’t they smelly fish? No, they are Kids In Parents Pockets Eroding Retirement Savings. Closely related to the adultescent and the boomerang kid, kippers are the children of Baby...