Snailmail No More – Paula Danzier & Ann M. Martin

Snailmail No More by Paula Danziger and Ann M. Martin is about two teenage girls and their friendship. Tara has moved states while Elizabeth has moved houses due to her alcholic father. They start off by writing letters and when they both get computers they take the conversation to email. It’s a lovely book, easy […]

MythAdventures by Robert Asprin

When I’m stressed I turn to the genre I’m most comfortable with, fantasy. The particular area of fantasy depends on so many factors I’m not going to discuss here, but this time I turned to Robert Asprin and have been re-reading the M.Y.T.H Inc stories. It’s a fabulous series of books and this excerpt from […]

Reflections on Grug

Reflections on Grug When I was a child, my family were missionaries in Nepal. Every so often we would receive a “blue barrel” from Australia. This would contain all sorts of goodies, including presents for myself and my 3 siblings. One barrel contained a gift for my brother – the first book of the Grug […]

Grug in Business

Now you want to know what Grug has to do with business.  Well, besides being very collectable I just happened to have a friend who has memories of Grug and seeing that Grug is going to be republished this month by Simon and Shuster and Melissa just happens to be in business I thought there’s […]

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 […]