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 […]

Lifeline Bookfair Canberra

Each year I’ve heard of the Lifeline Bookfair I’ve not been in a position to attend. This year was different. We had everything else booked so I spoke to a Discworld friend living in Canberra. Not only did she organise for a dinner specially for me at the best place but she also tantalised me […]

The Cat Who Turned On & Off – Lilian Jackson Braun

The Cat Who Turned On & Off – Lilian Jackson Braun

The Cat Who Turned On and Off (Cat Who…, #3) by Lilian Jackson Braun Published by Headline on 1991 Pages: 192 Goodreads The team of Koko, the brilliant Siamese cat, and Qwilleran, the reporter with the perceptive moustache, is back in action — with an adorable female Siamese, Yum Yum, added to the household.When Qwilleran […]

Ninth Anniversary! Competition!

When I first start blogging it was with the idea of supporting my online bookselling with some search engine optimisation. It never occurred to me that it would lead to a brand new life. This coming Sunday, the 22nd April, is the ninth anniversary of the beginning of a whole new life. A life where […]

Paratalk or torque? –  The “Jane Eyre moment”

Today Paratalk or torque? is brought to you by Jenny Jones, a writer I’ve known for many years. I was experiencing an ordeal: a hand of fiery iron grasped my vitals. Terrible moment: full of struggle, blackness, burning! Not a human being that ever lived could wish to be loved better than I was loved; […]

From Here to There – Jon Faine & Jack Faine

From Here to There – Jon Faine & Jack Faine

From Here to There: a father and son road trip adventure from Melbourne to London by Jon Faine, Jack Faine Published by HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd on 2010 Pages: 352 Goodreads ‘Somehow, I convinced myself it was a good idea. Somehow, I convinced myself that it was do-able. Now I shake my head… We […]

Canberra 2018

We drove to Canberra earlier this year. As normal I don’t tell the world when we’re going away, it’s something you find out later. The reason was to view my Great Uncle’s Log Book from his time in WWII. He was a pilot and this book shows the time he spent training and then flying. […]