Blood Money – Dashiell Hammett

First published in 1927 and recommended to me by one of my classmates at uni, Dashiell Hammett is an icon in hard boiled detective novels. When you read his books you get a really good idea of how people must have spoken in those days and places. I won’t say I thoroughly enjoyed this book […]

With a Twist of a Nib – Karen Carlisle

I have this book for ‘free’ as I am a Patron of Karen Carlisle on Patreon. I love this website. It gives me the opportunity to support a local artist and have the money go directly to them. There are varying levels including the very basic costing $US1 per month up to the incredibly exclusive […]

Cracklescape – Margo Lanagan

Cracklescape by Margo Lanagan, Alisa Krasnostein, Jane Yolen Published by Twelfth Planet Press on 2012 Pages: 105 Goodreads A presence haunts an old dresser in an inner-city share house. Shining sun-people lure children from their carefree beachside lives. Sheela-na-gigs colonise a middle-aged man’s outer and inner worlds. And a girl with a heavy conscience seeks […]

Mother Tongue – Bill Bryson

I’ve upgraded to the new WordPress since the last time I wrote. It’s causing me much angst, I seem to have lost access to some of the normal parts of the blog. This means I’m not giving you a photo of the book. Not a big problem as it’s one of the plain Penguin editions. […]

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 – […]