The Measure of a Man – Sidney Poitier

The Measure of a Man – Sidney Poitier

The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography by Sidney Poitier Published by HarperOne on January 26th 2007 Pages: 243 Goodreads In this luminous memoir, a true American icon looks back on his celebrated life and career.  His body of work is arguable the most morally significant in cinematic history, and the power and influence […]

Deadly Unna? – Phillip Gwynne

Deadly, Unna? by Phillip Gwynne Published by Penguin Books Pages: 273 Goodreads ‘Deadly, unna?’ He was always saying that. All the Nungas did, but Dumby more than any of them. Dumby Red and Blacky don’t have a lot in common. Dumby’s the star of the footy team, he’s got a killer smile and the knack […]

Around the traps, mark something

It’s been a long time since I looked at the publishing world to see what’s happening. I feel quite out of the loop and it’s good to be getting back into it. Just looking at today’s offering I find lots to talk about. Comic-Con San Diego Announces 2019 Eisner Awards Nominations I love looking at […]

Hedda Gabler and Other Plays – Henrik Ibsen

Hedda Gabler and Other Plays – Henrik Ibsen

Hedda Gabler and Other Plays by Henrik Ibsen, Una Mary Ellis-Fermor Published by Penguin Classics Pages: 368 Goodreads In these three unforgettably intense plays, Henrik Ibsen explores the problems of personal and social morality that he perceived in the world around him and, in particular, the complex nature of truth. The Pillars of the Community […]

Pensive sitting

I was going to write about the book I’ve just finished. Then I stopped and thought how I would normally write about what I’m doing next weekend. It’s a tradition of mine to write about the Australian Discworld Convention at some stage of the game, whether before or after. Today I’ve decided to write about […]

Billy Liar – Keith Waterhouse

Billy Liar – Keith Waterhouse

Billy Liar by Keith Waterhouse Published by Penguin Pages: 176 Goodreads The classic comedy of a 50s youth trapped inside a Walter Mitty fantasy-world, Billy Liar was published in 1959, and captures brilliantly the claustrophobic atmosphere of a small town. It tells the story of Billy Fisher, a Yorkshire teenager unable to stop lying – […]

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. […]