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 […]

Bulk book buys – an addicts journey

One thing I have to be very wary of is my addictions. I know other people have addictions that are of more import, but I don’t have those problems so I can’t share them with you. I love buying books in bulk. I like to see the first few books and know that some of […]

Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome

Originally published in 1889, Three Men In a Boat, is a wonderful tongue-in-cheek narrative of a voyage up the Thames. So many things go wrong, occasionally things go right, but most of all it is the way it is written that makes this book the wonderful book it is. Warnings: Laughter may happen at any […]

Get Smart Books

Lots of people remember Get Smart. Bumbling Agent 86 and Gorgeous Agent 99. Talk about a great combination and they always managed to foil KAOS despite everything. One thing I didn’t know about Get Smart was that William Johnston wrote a series of books about his adventures. I found one by accident and giggled my […]