Spinifex Press Anniversary Catalogue 1991 – 2016

Published by Spinifex Press The first article in my series about the magazines I’ve been reading. I don’t have any remembrance of where or when I got this but I found it really interesting. It’s what it says on the outside. It’s a catalogue of their publications over a 25 year period. As with every […]

Writing Reviews

I’ve picked up a book that at over 900 pages might possibly keep me going for a few weeks. It is dense reading with many short stories and some critical articles about those short stories. The first few pages are about Writing About Fiction. As I was reading those pages last night I found myself […]

The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak Published by Pan Macmillan Australia on 2009 Pages: 584 Goodreads It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will be busier still. By her brother’s graveside, Liesel’s life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in […]

Somerset and All the Maughams – Robin Maugham

Somerset and All the Maughams – Robin Maugham

Somerset And All The Maughams by Robin Maugham Goodreads I write this a few minutes after finishing the book. Sitting in front of my computer I am bemused by much about this book. W. Somerset Maugham is very well known. He died at the ripe old age of 91 and was a very colourful character. […]

#SaveOzStories

#SaveOzStories by Geraldine Brooks, Isobelle Carmody, Peter FitzSimons, Richard Flanagan, Jackie French, Anna Funder, Nikki Gemmell, Morris Gleitzman, Kate Grenville, Andy Griffiths, Jane Harper, Chloe Hooper, Toni Jordan, Thomas Keneally, David Malouf, Monica McInerney, Alex Miller, Frank Moorhouse, Matthew Reilly, Michael Robotham, Magda Szubanski, Christos Tsiolkas, Tim Winton Published by Melbourne University Press on 2016 […]

Minder – Anthony Masters

Minder – Anthony Masters

Minder by Anthony Masters Goodreads This is a novel of the popular English comedy series of the same name. The programme ran from 1979 to 1994 and was sort of rather funny. I won’t say I’ve watched all the episodes but I’ve watched enough, one day I’ll revisit a couple of episodes and see how […]

New Year, New Something…

I write this just prior to going to bed. I’m not planning on staying up to see the new year in, it’s not something I see relevant to me in 2018. I might regret this decision in 2019 but my body is telling me I’m tired and I’m going to listen…as soon as I’ve scribbled […]

Jews in the Russian Army, 1827-1917 Drafted into Modernity – Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern

Jews in the Russian Army, 1827 1917: Drafted Into Modernity by Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern Published by Cambridge University Press on February 27th 2014 Pages: 326 Goodreads This is the first study of the military experience of some one to one-and-a-half million Jews who served in the Russian Army between 1827, the onset of personal conscription of […]

Good Reading June 2015

Yes, it’s a magazine. Yes, it’s slightly old. But it’s writing and about books so it’s not out of date. Not like the bottle of Passata I have in my dining room. I don’t quite know how to throw that bottle out, I really need to deal with it. In the meantime I’m going to […]

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