A Cartload of Clay – George Johnston

A Cartload of Clay – George Johnston

A Cartload Of Clay; A Novel by George Henry Johnston on January 1st 1970 Goodreads My Brother Jack is one of the most important books about the Australian depression in the 1930s that I’ve read. It shows it as it must really have been. And then there are the sequels. Clean Straw for Nothing and […]

There are times…

when I really wish I lived in the northern hemisphere. Things happen over there in the book world that either don’t happen here or they’re just bigger. I’m only jealous. If you’re wondering what I’m annoyed about now then you can wander over to your Twitter account and put #TheBookCon into the search engine there. […]

Flight 404 / The Hunt for Red Leicester – Simon Petrie

Flight 404 / The Hunt for Red Leicester by Simon Petrie, Edwina Harvey Published by Peggy Bright Books on September 27th 2012 Pages: 144 Goodreads Two SF novellas. In ‘Flight 404’, the search for a missing spacecraft brings Charmain Mertz back to the world of her boyhood. In ‘The Hunt for Red Leicester’, space-elevator employee […]

Stuff around the traps

A topic on my mind, it’s been there for some time, is how is it possible to find a new story when so many books have been written about a particular topic. So much has been written about The Holocaust and I thought all the stories must have been told by now. Reading through this […]

Down the Rabbit Hole: A Cautionary Tale by Karen J Carlisle

Down the Rabbit Hole: A Cautionary Tale. (Researching Viola Stewart’s Adventures.) Guest blog post by Karen J Carlisle. I’ve always loved researching, learning new little factoids and exciting titbits, especially when it was for my own satisfaction. It started with world-building when I ran D&D games in the early 80s and expanded into historical clothing […]

Magwitch – Michael Noonan

Magwitch – Michael Noonan

Magwitch by Michael Noonan Published by Hodder & Stoughton Publishers on 1982 Goodreads I’ve had this on my shelf just about since the year dot, or at least, it feels like it. I believe I picked it up with the intention to read Great Expectations by Charles Dickens and then to follow it with this […]

Young Herriot – John Lewis-Stempel

Young Herriot: The Early Life and Times of James Herriot by John Lewis-Stempel Published by BBC Books on September 1st 2011 Pages: 272 Goodreads The fascinating formative veterinary college years of the most famous vet in the world, the author of All Creatures Great and Small We had no antibiotics, few drugs. A lot of time was […]

Mao’s Last Dancer – Li Cunxin

Mao’s Last Dancer by Li Cunxin Published by Penguin Group (Australia) Pages: 497 Goodreads Before you fly, you have to be free. This is my story. Here is my recollection of those years growing up in Mao’s China. It is my family’s history. It is my journey, from my earliest memories, through discovering dance, to […]

Tree and Leaf – J. R. R. Tolkien

Tree and Leaf: Includes Mythopoeia and The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth by J.R.R. Tolkien Published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd on February 5th 2001 Pages: 176 Goodreads This volume is a provocative and entertaining collection of works which reveals the diversity of J.R.R. Tolkien’s imagination and the breadth of his talent as a creator of fantastic fiction. […]

Randomly Shelves or Something

My brilliantly aptly named new series continues. Where I randomly select two books from my shelves and attempt to find a link. I do not promise it will be a good link, only that it will be a link. It might be anything at all. One thing I do promise is that the link will not be […]