Woorilla: From Writers in the Dandenongs

This is the journal of the Woorilla Writers Society. Convened in the 1980s by Maria Millers in her home in Ferny Creek called Woorilla. I haven’t found whether they’re still going but as of last year there was a Woorilla Poetry Prize still being awarded to poets of excellence. It seems promising that the Worrilla […]

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium #1) by Stieg Larsson, Reg Keeland Published by Quercus on June 14th 2008 Pages: 539 Goodreads A murder mystery, family saga, love story, and a tale of financial intrigue wrapped into one satisfyingly complex and entertainingly atmospheric novel.Harriet Vanger, scion of one of Sweden’s wealthiest families, disappeared over […]

Legends – edited by Robert Silverberg

Published by Voyager Pages: 380 Goodreads Here we go, back to the books. I bought this book at the market in Cardiff. I had a little time to myself and instead of going straight back to the hotel I was wandering around looking for a shop where I could buy some magnesium sachets. I’d been […]

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 […]