Apollo 13 by Jim Lovell and Jeffrey Kluger

Apollo 13 is the story of a moon walk that turned into a rescue mission. It was written in conjunction with one of the men who was on that flight. It tells the story from several viewpoints. The astronauts, Jim Lovell’s wife, Marilyn, and various parts of the ground crew. It also gives you Jim […]

The Mousetrap – Agatha Christie

As you might know from a previous post I have a lot of Agatha Christie books, I’m really only missing three titles of short stories and The Mousetrap. So it’s a very exciting time when I find a book I don’t have. My other half took me away for a long weekend, we drove down […]

Murder by Manuscript by Steve J. Spears

Murder by Manuscript is the second in a series of murder mystery books written by Steve J. Spears. Probably set in Adelaide where he lived until his untimely death from cancer at the age of 56 in October 2007. Steve Spears was a talented playwright with his most notable work being ‘The Elocution of Benjamin […]

Longitude by Dava Sobel about John Harrison

This is the story of how John Harrison solved the greatest scientific problem of his time, how to find longitude. His clocks are works of genius and artistry and he was truly an amazing person. Yes, I have read this book, I really enjoyed it and learned an enormous amount about the struggles he went […]

Journey From Venice – Ruth Cracknell

Ruth Cracknell was born 6th July 1925 and died on 13th May 2002. She was a wonderful actress being most noted for playing Mrs Beare in Mother and Son. I remember as being a wonderful Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Ernest. I’ve always been fascinated by her. I recall seeing her interviewed and […]

Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley is one of those classics. It is a book that you have to read at some stage in your life, you may not necessarily enjoy it, but it is important. I started reading it with some trepidation as I’d started and abandoned another of his books earlier this year. […]

Agatha Christie Books

Agatha Christie. This is an interesting one. Originally my sister was collecting them. She moved countries when she got married and sold them to me. I continued collecting them and now have almost all of them. The only ones I’m missing are the plays and short stories. My kids have been helping and know more […]

Bulk Books at Wesley

The first story starts at Wesley College – Elsternwick campus. They were having an Open Day a few years ago and to encourage more people to come and see what they do they had a few stalls. I was helping out on the Raffle stall, there were plenty of food stalls, a few rides, the […]

Fred Hollows : an autobiography

I’ve heard a lot about Fred Hollows over the years. He’d led an amazing life and done a lot of incredibly good work, if I do a fraction of his good work I could be happy with myself. Recalling all of this I picked up this autobiography written by himself with Peter Corris with tremendous […]