J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography – Humphrey Carpenter

J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography – Humphrey Carpenter

J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography by Humphrey Carpenter Published by George Allen & Unwin (London) on May 5th 1977 Pages: 287 Goodreads The authorized biography of the creator of Middle-earth. In the decades since his death in September 1973, millions have read THE HOBBIT, THE LORD OF THE RINGS, and THE SILMARILLION and become fascinated about […]

Somerset and All the Maughams – Robin Maugham

Somerset and All the Maughams – Robin Maugham

Somerset And All The Maughams by Robin Maugham Goodreads I write this a few minutes after finishing the book. Sitting in front of my computer I am bemused by much about this book. W. Somerset Maugham is very well known. He died at the ripe old age of 91 and was a very colourful character. […]

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, cafés, […]

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 […]

Zeitoun – Dave Eggers

Zeitoun – Dave Eggers

Zeitoun by Dave Eggers Published by Penguin on February 24th 2011 Pages: 349 Goodreads Dave Eggers’s Zeitoun is the winner of the American Book Award and the LA Times Book Award In August 2005, as Hurricane Katrina blew in, the city of New Orleans has been abandoned by most citizens. But resident Abdulrahman Zeitoun, though […]

Cary Grant: Haunted Idol – Geoffrey Wansell

by Geoffrey Wansell Cary Grant is one of the most well-remembered movie stars from the 20th Century despite the fact he hasn’t appeared in a movie since 1966. If you haven’t seen Arsenic and Old Lace, His Girl Friday or Topper then your education is sadly lacking and I suggest you go and remedy that post […]

Y is for Beth Yahp

Yahp has the sort of writing experience I’m jealous of. She lectures in Creative Writing at the University of Sydney, if she were in lecturing at Deakin in Burwood then she’d end up being one of my lecturers. I find that a bizarre thing that I’m writing about people who could potentially be teaching me. Anyway, enough […]

Reilly: Ace of Spies – Robin Bruce Lockhart

I uncover the most fascinating books and then when researching them I find some more interesting stuff. This book was originally published in 1967 under the title Ace of Spies. It was written by the son of one of Reilly’s co-workers so he would have had access to his father’s papers and information and as he […]

People before Profit – Ken Koopman

Here we are, a book I haven’t had to read for uni! So excited! If you’re gluten free you’ll have probably heard of Bob’s Red Mill, this company makes good gluten free flour as well as many other products. This is the story of the founder, Bob Moore. It has the ups and the downs […]

Rabbi Jacob Danglow – John S Levi

Jacob Danglow was a long-serving Rabbi of St Kilda Hebrew Congregation. Tall, athletic and handsome many people found it hard to believe he was a rabbi. He was an inspirational man , ‘the Rolls Royce rabbi’ to his friends and ‘Anglo Danglow’ to his enemies. I read this book as part of my research into my synagogue. […]