Whinge Day

I have this creeping suspicion that I’m over-committed. More over-committed than I should be. It’s leading to me dropping the ball some days. The most recent time was my blog for Wednesday. This week has been rather interesting. We launched the website for Nullus Anxietas 7: The Australian Discworld Convention. This meant a lot of […]

Zeitoun – Dave Eggers

Zeitoun – Dave Eggers

Zeitoun by Dave Eggers Published by Penguin on February 24th 2011 Pages: 349 Goodreads Dave Eggers’s Zeitoun is the winner of the American Book Award and the LA Times Book Award In August 2005, as Hurricane Katrina blew in, the city of New Orleans has been abandoned by most citizens. But resident Abdulrahman Zeitoun, though […]

Paratalk or torque?

My new column, with a title that somehow makes sense. From now on until I stop I will be examining a paragraph in whatever detail I choose. This is also a good time for guests to pop in and do their own paragraph. Today I’m looking at a paragraph from Growing Up Brady by Barry […]

Always Looking Up – Michael J. Fox

Always Looking Up – Michael J. Fox

Always Looking Up by Michael J. Fox Published by Ebury Press on March 18th 2010 Pages: 288 Goodreads ‘At the turn from our bedroom into the hallway, there is an old full-length mirror in a wooden frame … This reflected version of myself, shaking, rumpled, pinched and slightly stooped, would be alarming were it not […]

Second year uni

As at the time of writing I am that close to finalising the last couple of assignments to complete second year uni it’s not funny.  One assignment I just need to make it look pretty and then submit. I should just bite the bullet and do it so I can call that one finished. The […]

The Freedom Writers Diary 10th Anniversary Edition

The Freedom Writers Diary 10th Anniversary Edition

The Freedom Writers Diary by Erin Gruwell, Zlata Filipović, The Freedom Writers Published by Broadway Books on October 12th 2009 Pages: 316 Goodreads #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER & NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE Straight from the front line of urban America, the inspiring story of one fiercely determined teacher and her remarkable students.As an […]

Ursula Le Guin – Vale

I’ve written a lot about Ursula Le Guin over the years. What reason could there be to write again? To celebrate her writing in the wake of her death. Considering she died this week I think it only appropriate to start with a photo of the books of hers we happen to have on the […]

Paratalk or torque?

My new column, with a title that somehow makes sense. From now on until I stop I will be examining a paragraph in whatever detail I choose. This is also a good time for guests to pop in and do their own paragraph. Today I’ve picked up a copy of Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine from […]

The Life And Times Of Michael K – J. M. Coetzee

Life and Times of Michael K Published by Vintage on September 2nd 2004 Pages: 192 Goodreads In a South Africa torn by civil war, Michael K sets out to take his mother back to her rural home. On the way there she dies, leaving him alone in an anarchic world of brutal roving armies. Imprisoned, […]

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