Our Books Are Not Free – Facebook event

Something has come up so I’m digressing from the planned scheduled programme. You know those times when you see a book event on but you can’t make it. There might be many reasons you can’t make it. The event might be in the wrong hemisphere, in the wrong city, an awkward time of day/night for […]

Writing Reviews

I’ve picked up a book that at over 900 pages might possibly keep me going for a few weeks. It is dense reading with many short stories and some critical articles about those short stories. The first few pages are about Writing About Fiction. As I was reading those pages last night I found myself […]

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. […]

Minder – Anthony Masters

Minder – Anthony Masters

Minder by Anthony Masters Goodreads This is a novel of the popular English comedy series of the same name. The programme ran from 1979 to 1994 and was sort of rather funny. I won’t say I’ve watched all the episodes but I’ve watched enough, one day I’ll revisit a couple of episodes and see how […]

New Year, New Something…

I write this just prior to going to bed. I’m not planning on staying up to see the new year in, it’s not something I see relevant to me in 2018. I might regret this decision in 2019 but my body is telling me I’m tired and I’m going to listen…as soon as I’ve scribbled […]

Jews in the Russian Army, 1827-1917 Drafted into Modernity – Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern

Jews in the Russian Army, 1827 1917: Drafted Into Modernity by Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern Published by Cambridge University Press on February 27th 2014 Pages: 326 Goodreads This is the first study of the military experience of some one to one-and-a-half million Jews who served in the Russian Army between 1827, the onset of personal conscription of […]

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, caf├ęs, […]

Dragonriders of Pern by the McCaffrey family

I have this distinct feeling I missed blogging last week. One day a week and I’m still struggling. Things will improve. I’ve been doing a lot of rereading as I said the other week. I moved from Robert Asprin to Tom Holt and then to Anne McCaffrey. Reading many in the one series I’m beginning […]

Follow The Rabbit-Proof Fence – Doris Pilkington Garimara/Nugi Garimara

Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence by Doris Pilkington, Nugi Garimara Published by University of Queensland Press on 19th September 2002 Pages: 136 Goodreads This extraordinary story of courage and faith is based on the actual experiences of three girls who fled from the repressive life of Moore River Native Settlement, following along the rabbit-proof fence back […]

The Complete Maus – Art Spiegelman

The Complete Maus – Art Spiegelman

The Complete Maus (Maus, #1-2) by Art Spiegelman Published by Penguin Books on October 2nd 2003 Pages: 296 Goodreads Combined for the first time here are Maus I: A Survivor’s Tale and Maus II – the complete story of Vladek Spiegelman and his wife, living and surviving in Hitler’s Europe. By addressing the horror of […]