J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography – Humphrey Carpenter

J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography – Humphrey Carpenter

J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography by Humphrey Carpenter Published by George Allen & Unwin (London) on May 5th 1977 Pages: 287 Goodreads The authorized biography of the creator of Middle-earth. In the decades since his death in September 1973, millions have read THE HOBBIT, THE LORD OF THE RINGS, and THE SILMARILLION and become fascinated about […]

Schmattes – Lesley Sharon Rosenthal

Schmattes – Lesley Sharon Rosenthal

Schmattes: Stories Of Fabulous Frocks, Funky Fashion And Flinders Lane by Lesley Sharon Rosenthal on 2005 Goodreads When I found this book I almost cheered. It’s a different book to what I thought it would be and I’m still trying to decide if that’s a good thing or not. It has some of my family […]

Sea of Many Returns – Arnold Zable

Sea of Many Returns – Arnold Zable

Sea of Many Returns by Arnold Zable, Marie-Louise Walker on 2008 Goodreads Xanthe is drawn to Ithaca, the birthplace of her father Manoli and her grandfather Mentor. She is translating Mentor’s manuscript, his story of leaving Ithaca and his life in Australia. Sea of Many Returns is a profound meditation on displacement, nostalgia and exile. […]

2019, it’s a wrap

Seeing as this is my last post for 2019 I decided to do what everyone has been doing and write a summary of the year. For a change I’m going with the flow. It’s been a big year for me. This year was The Seventh Australian Discworld Convention. It was big for me as I […]

In All Respects Ready: Australia’s Navy in World War One – David Stevens

In All Respects Ready: Australia’s Navy in World War One – David Stevens

In All Respects Ready: Australia’s Navy in World War One by David Stevens Published by Oxford University Press Australia on October 23rd 2014 Pages: 470 Goodreads Written by Australia’s foremost naval historian, In All Respects Ready presents the most comprehensive and authoritative account of the Australian Navy’s involvement in World War I yet published. When […]

The Dalziel Files – Brian Craddock

The Dalziel Files – Brian Craddock

The Dalziel Files by Brian Craddock on 2018 Goodreads One of the reasons I love going to conventions such as Continuum is because you can browse the stalls and talk to authors directly. I try to still my inner fangirl and talk as if I’m not freaking out by talking to an author…sometimes this works. […]

Rain Man – Leonore Fleischer

Rain Man – Leonore Fleischer

on 1989 This book is based on the screenplay for the movie Rain Man starting Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise. Reading this book I noticed, not for the first time, that books and movies are different and need different approaches. The book shows how Charlie Babbitt learns to deal with his autistic older brother, Raymond. […]

Fifty Years on an Upper Murray Cattle Station – Elyne Mitchell

Fifty Years on an Upper Murray Cattle Station – Elyne Mitchell

Towong Hill, Fifty Years On An Upper Murray Cattle Station by Elyne Mitchell on 1989 Pages: 244 Goodreads This autobiography is one I was exceedingly pleased to find. I have read and enjoyed Mitchell’s Brumby books for years and I wanted to know more about her life. I also wanted to know more about the […]

Winter Be My Shield – Jo Spurrier

Winter Be My Shield – Jo Spurrier

Winter Be My Shield (Children of the Black Sun, #1) by Jo Spurrier Published by Harper Collins on January 6th 2012 Pages: 464 Goodreads A complex, adult epic fantasy from a new Australian author … original, dramatic, unputdownable … Sierra has a despised and forbidden gift — she raises power from the suffering of others. […]

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