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 […]

Sea of Many Returns – Arnold Zable

Sea of Many Returns – Arnold Zable

Sea of Many Returns by Arnold Zable, Marie-Louise Walker on 2008 Goodreads Xanthe is drawn to Ithaca, the birthplace of her father Manoli and her grandfather Mentor. She is translating Mentor’s manuscript, his story of leaving Ithaca and his life in Australia. Sea of Many Returns is a profound meditation on displacement, nostalgia and exile. […]

In All Respects Ready: Australia’s Navy in World War One – David Stevens

In All Respects Ready: Australia’s Navy in World War One – David Stevens

In All Respects Ready: Australia’s Navy in World War One by David Stevens Published by Oxford University Press Australia on October 23rd 2014 Pages: 470 Goodreads Written by Australia’s foremost naval historian, In All Respects Ready presents the most comprehensive and authoritative account of the Australian Navy’s involvement in World War I yet published. When […]

St. Patrick’s Gargoyle – Katherine Kurtz

St. Patrick’s Gargoyle – Katherine Kurtz

St. Patrick’s Gargoyle by Katherine Kurtz Published by Ace Hardcover on February 1st 2001 Pages: 240 Goodreads As the millennium draws to a close, the gargoyles who guard the ancient buildings of Dublin come together to face an evil that threatens all they hold dear. This story of an eternal enemy is by the bestselling […]

LA Public Library 2019

I promised the LA Public Library and so here we are. Lots more photos than normal because it was awesome. I had to take this photo. Not for the atmospheric effect of the sun but because the metalwork was so beautiful. I had heard of these Short Story Dispensers but never seen one in reality. […]

The Last Book Store LA 2019

I was positive this would be my last travel post and next week I’d move back to talking about individual books. I made the mistake of looking at my photos for LA and discovered there are far, far too many for one article. LA is an amazing place. Don’t ignore La Brea Tar Pit, make […]

Washington 2019

Washington DC is such an amazing place. You can spend weeks there just visiting museums. Last time we visited there it was the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s historic speech. We didn’t realise until later that day otherwise we would have been with the masses. This time it was only a couple of months […]

Virginia 2019

Visiting a nephew in Virginia and the family took us to a library. I think it’s the John Musante Porter Memorial Branch. If you’re ever there you should go in have a wander. I got very excited and had fun. Saw this drop off place in the carpark. I’ve never seen a drop off place […]