Cary Grant: Haunted Idol – 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 haste and tout […]

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. […]

Kafka – Robert Crumb & David Zane Mairowitz

I have a friend who insisted I borrow this book despite me not wanting to read graphic novels. She insisted and I couldn’t say no but it still took me months to get around to even opening it and that only during breaks in and between classes. It’s not really a graphic novel, it’s sort of […]

Farmer Boy – Laura Ingalls Wilder

When I was young I read a series of books written by Laura Ingalls Wilder, reading a whole series back then wasn’t quite as easy for me as it is now. I had to either borrow from the library, track them down at a second hand book shop or hope someone would buy them for me […]

Sir Frank Packer and Kerry Packer

Anyone living in Australia will have heard of the Packer family, they’re rich, influential, rather involved in media, and they’re a fascinating study. I’ve recently read Sir Frank: The Frank Packer Story by R. S. Whitington and also The Rise and Rise of Kerry Packer by Paul Barry, absolutely fascinating books. I’m writing about both […]