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 […]

Constructing Biographies

I’m going to begin this today with a disclaimer. I have not written a biography and do not plan on doing so, this is just one possible method of structuring it brought to mind while reading an article by Russell Brand on Margaret Thatcher. You can read it yourself here and I suggest you do so. […]

Peter Sellers: The Mask Behind the Mask

Thank you to Peter Evans for writing this book about the very brilliant late Peter Sellers. Peter Sellers was a very talented mimic and all round actor. He had a wicked sense of humour and was married multiple times. These were the things we saw as the public but there was a lot going on […]

Rabin: Our Life, His Legacy – Leah Rabin

I read biographies and autobiographies to find out about other people’s lives, to find out how other people do things and to get a different point of view. In one respect this book was good as it showed me all those things, but on the other hand it was too close to home as I […]

Hancock: Man of Iron – Neil Phillipson

Hancock: Man of Iron – Neil Phillipson This book is a comprehensive book describing Lang Hancock and his association with mining in Western Australia. It gives a good deal of information about mining and helps to understand Hancock’s personality. He was a third generation North Australian and his name was synonymous with the Pilbara region, […]