The Hand That Signed the Paper – Helen Demidenko

I picked up this book second hand knowing the controversy behind it, knowing Helen Demidenko is really Helen Darville and knowing she had tried to pass this book off as family history rather than a fictionalised account of interviews with Ukrainian witnesses. I’ll take the description from the back of the book: The Hand that […]

It’s Café Scheherazade!

Saturday night, almost five hours after the play finished and my eyes were still sore from crying. I started within moments of the actors coming onstage and stopped while they were handing out cake. It was an awesome play, totally hit the tenor of the book, with seriously good music by some fabulous players and […]

Homeland Lost – Ale Liubinas

I’ve read a number of memoirs written by Jews about their life during the Holocaust, how they survived and how they rebuilt their lives afterwards but this is the first book I’ve read from a non-Jewish viewpoint. Liubinas was born in Lithuania and fled with her family from the Russians to the West. They had […]

Jewels and Ashes – Arnold Zable

I’ve used this book for Teaser Tuesday twice as I’ve found it a challenge to get through. I know I’ve promised more blogs about AussieCon 4 but I figured you’ve been waiting for this for longer so it was well past time for this book From the back of the book: Jewels and Ashes is […]

I Am David by Anne Holm

David is 12, he is in a concentration camp and is being given the chance to escape. He decides to take the chance and try as if he doesn’t then he will be shot in the back and it will be all over in a minute, very pragmatic. This is the story of his escape […]

Anne Frank – diary entry

Dear Diary, Today is the day I was going to write about Anne Frank. It’s an auspicious day as it’s the anniversary of her birthday, 12th June 1929, if she was still alive she’d be a little older than my mother-in-law. If I keep to the facts it might be possible to keep the tears […]

People of the Book – Geraldine Brooks

This is one of the most talked about books this year. I heard so much about it from so many sources I just had to read it. This is a really fabulous book. It details the journey of the Sarajevo Haggadah as seen through the eyes of a book conservator. I don’t know how much […]