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 […]

Flying Dutch – Tom Holt

Flying Dutch – Tom Holt

Flying Dutch by Tom Holt Published by Orbit on January 25th 1992 Pages: 252 Goodreads It’s amazing the problems drinking can get you into. One little swig from the wrong bottle and you go from being an ordinary Dutch sea-captain to an unhappy immortal, drifting around the world with your similarly immortal crew, suffering from […]

The Hunter – Julia Leigh

The Hunter by Julia Leigh Published by Penguin Australia on July 9th 2012 Pages: 180 Goodreads An unnamed man, M, arrives at a remote house on the fringe of a vast wilderness and soon disappears into a world of silence and stillness. His one mission: to find the last thylacine, the fabled Tasmanian tiger. She […]

Woorilla: From Writers in the Dandenongs

This is the journal of the Woorilla Writers Society. Convened in the 1980s by Maria Millers in her home in Ferny Creek called Woorilla. I haven’t found whether they’re still going but as of last year there was a Woorilla Poetry Prize still being awarded to poets of excellence. It seems promising that the Worrilla […]

Legends – edited by Robert Silverberg

Published by Voyager Pages: 380 Goodreads Here we go, back to the books. I bought this book at the market in Cardiff. I had a little time to myself and instead of going straight back to the hotel I was wandering around looking for a shop where I could buy some magnesium sachets. I’d been […]

Brugge 2018

Brugge was beautiful. Like Amsterdam it is built on and around canals. We had a lovely boat ride and it’s something to do I’d firmly suggest if you’re there. But back to the beginning of Brugge. Having walked the 1.3 km to our hotel we found the keys wouldn’t work. We left the hotel staff […]

Antwerp 2018

Antwerp was an amazing city. We stayed in one of the city squares. The railway station took up part of one end with the entrance to the zoo a pebble’s throw from there on the corner of the square. There was also a ferris wheel and a gorilla statue. On another side was the Koningin […]