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. […]

The Life of Oscar Wilde – Hesketh Pearson

I’d apologise for the lack of title and author in the photo but this is often how they printed books back in 1946, they’d include a dustjacket with more details. This is all I have, I think it’s really lovely and the flower is actually mentioned inside the book. This is one of those books […]

Dog Boy – Eva Hornung

Dog Boy by Eva Hornung Published by Viking Adult on March 18th 2010 Pages: 304 Goodreads A vivid, riveting novel about an abandoned boy who takes up with a pack of feral dogs Two million children roam the streets in late twentieth-century Moscow. A four-year-old boy named Romochka, abandoned by his mother and uncle, is […]