Antwerp 2018

Antwerp was an amazing city. We stayed in one of the city squares. The railway station took up part of one end with the entrance to the zoo a pebble’s throw from there on the corner of the square. There was also a ferris wheel and a gorilla statue. On another side was the Koningin […]

Amsterdam 2018

The few nights we had in Amsterdam were nowhere near enough. It is an amazing city. There are so many museums you’d probably need closer to two weeks to see them all. There are certain places you need to book well in advance as they book out very quickly.  If you’re planning a trip there […]

Killing Kitchener – Steve Sailah

Killing Kitchener by Steve Sailah on 2017 Goodreads ‘One bloody bullet gets you in the end, he said as he coughed up a mouthful of blood and exhaled one last long breath…’ A single murder lies at the heart of this compelling crime mystery that moves from the battlefields of Turkey and Palestine to the […]

A Cartload of Clay – George Johnston

A Cartload of Clay – George Johnston

A Cartload Of Clay; A Novel by George Henry Johnston on January 1st 1970 Goodreads My Brother Jack is one of the most important books about the Australian depression in the 1930s that I’ve read. It shows it as it must really have been. And then there are the sequels. Clean Straw for Nothing and […]

There are times…

when I really wish I lived in the northern hemisphere. Things happen over there in the book world that either don’t happen here or they’re just bigger. I’m only jealous. If you’re wondering what I’m annoyed about now then you can wander over to your Twitter account and put #TheBookCon into the search engine there. […]

I thought I was all newed out

I was struggling with reading new books. I tried several books in a row but either didn’t like them or couldn’t read them. I put it down to being all newed out.  This is a term I coined a few weeks ago to explain why I couldn’t read anything new. It all started with my […]

Lady Windermere’s Fan – Oscar Wilde

Lady Windermere’s Fan by Oscar Wilde Published by Dover Publications on November 2nd 2011 Pages: 64 Goodreads Centering around the arrival of a mysterious woman hoping to break into London’s society, this was Wilde’s first great stage success. Lady Windermere learns from a friend that Lord Windermere is spending a great deal of time with […]

Lifeline Bookfair Canberra

Each year I’ve heard of the Lifeline Bookfair I’ve not been in a position to attend. This year was different. We had everything else booked so I spoke to a Discworld friend living in Canberra. Not only did she organise for a dinner specially for me at the best place but she also tantalised me […]

The Cat Who Turned On & Off – Lilian Jackson Braun

The Cat Who Turned On & Off – Lilian Jackson Braun

The Cat Who Turned On and Off (Cat Who…, #3) by Lilian Jackson Braun Published by Headline on 1991 Pages: 192 Goodreads The team of Koko, the brilliant Siamese cat, and Qwilleran, the reporter with the perceptive moustache, is back in action — with an adorable female Siamese, Yum Yum, added to the household.When Qwilleran […]

Paratalk or torque? –  The “Jane Eyre moment”

Today Paratalk or torque? is brought to you by Jenny Jones, a writer I’ve known for many years. I was experiencing an ordeal: a hand of fiery iron grasped my vitals. Terrible moment: full of struggle, blackness, burning! Not a human being that ever lived could wish to be loved better than I was loved; […]