New Year, New Something…

I write this just prior to going to bed. I’m not planning on staying up to see the new year in, it’s not something I see relevant to me in 2018. I might regret this decision in 2019 but my body is telling me I’m tired and I’m going to listen…as soon as I’ve scribbled […]

Jews in the Russian Army, 1827-1917 Drafted into Modernity – Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern

Jews in the Russian Army, 1827 1917: Drafted Into Modernity by Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern Published by Cambridge University Press on February 27th 2014 Pages: 326 Goodreads This is the first study of the military experience of some one to one-and-a-half million Jews who served in the Russian Army between 1827, the onset of personal conscription of […]

Good Reading June 2015

Yes, it’s a magazine. Yes, it’s slightly old. But it’s writing and about books so it’s not out of date. Not like the bottle of Passata I have in my dining room. I don’t quite know how to throw that bottle out, I really need to deal with it. In the meantime I’m going to […]

On writing and publishing

I’ve been a little slack with writing over the last few months. I’m part of a writing group and we meet online every two weeks to catch up and discuss each other’s writing. When I say ‘discuss’ I really mean ‘pull it apart and give each other ideas on how to make it better’. I […]

Lucky Man – Michael J. Fox

Lucky Man: A Memoir by Michael J. Fox Goodreads In September 1998, Michael J. Fox stunned the world by announcing he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease — a degenerative neurological condition. In fact, he had been secretly fighting it for seven years. The worldwide response was staggering. Fortunately, he had accepted the diagnosis and […]

Piaf – Simone Berteaut

Piaf by Simone Berteaut on 1979 Pages: 432 Goodreads The true, tumultuous story of Edith Piaf, the Parisian waif who entertained France and the world with her songs, her loves, her scandals, herself. Written by Simone Beteaut, Edith Piaf’s half-sister and lifelong partner in mischief when they sang for tips in the streets, squares, caf├ęs, […]

Dragonriders of Pern by the McCaffrey family

I have this distinct feeling I missed blogging last week. One day a week and I’m still struggling. Things will improve. I’ve been doing a lot of rereading as I said the other week. I moved from Robert Asprin to Tom Holt and then to Anne McCaffrey. Reading many in the one series I’m beginning […]

Follow The Rabbit-Proof Fence – Doris Pilkington Garimara/Nugi Garimara

Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence by Doris Pilkington, Nugi Garimara Published by University of Queensland Press on 19th September 2002 Pages: 136 Goodreads This extraordinary story of courage and faith is based on the actual experiences of three girls who fled from the repressive life of Moore River Native Settlement, following along the rabbit-proof fence back […]

The Complete Maus – Art Spiegelman

The Complete Maus – Art Spiegelman

The Complete Maus (Maus, #1-2) by Art Spiegelman Published by Penguin Books on October 2nd 2003 Pages: 296 Goodreads Combined for the first time here are Maus I: A Survivor’s Tale and Maus II – the complete story of Vladek Spiegelman and his wife, living and surviving in Hitler’s Europe. By addressing the horror of […]