The White Mouse by Nancy Wake

The White Mouse by Nancy Wake

What is there to say about this book? Not much except that I absolutely loved it. I knew of Nancy Wake long before I saw this book, I knew a very small part of her story and I knew that she was an amazing woman. What I didn’t know was how amazing and how much she […]

My Brother Jack – George Johnston

I’ve been looking at a lot of iconic books today, this is just one of them. It’s the story of one Melbourne family’s travails through both World War I and World War II through the eyes of David Meredith. Written in 1964, photo I’ve put here has an image by Sidney Nolan, another iconic Australian artist, […]

The Phoenix Tree – Jon Cleary

I’ve been wanting to read Jon Cleary for many years so it was with great satisfaction I took this book off my shelf the other day and started reading it. I thought he wrote spy or thriller or some other type of book I like reading and felt the satisfaction deepening as I read…until. The plot Set […]

War and Israel

Travelling through Israel was a reminder that it was still at war, there were so many different reminders and I’m going to illustrate some of it with just a few photos. We travelled along the border on so many occasions, sometimes the border was the Dead Sea and you could see Jordan on the other […]

Things Again

I’m sort of running at speed trying to stay in one place at the moment. I have two SACs (School Assessed Coursework) next Tuesday and I’m grateful to not be working the Good Food & Wine Show this weekend as it gives me plenty of time for study, my hip pocket nerve isn’t so happy […]

The Last Train Out – Eric Eckstein

The Last Train Out is a very moving and important book about the Holocaust, it contains many details which help the average person understand why so many Jews didn’t leave Germany before and during WWII and why so many of the older generations stayed behind when the younger generations left. It’s a long book at […]

We have a winner!

We have a winner for the 2015 Australia Day Blog Hop – think Australian competition. While I didn’t get a lot of entries compared with some of the other blogs I was quite happy with both the number of people who entered and also the qualities of the entries. Thank you to all who participated. I […]

Loyal Creatures – Morris Gleitzman

For me this book is one of those love/hate ones. I loved the writing style, the people within its pages but I hated them going to war and I hated their treatment of the horses afterwards. Let me go back to the beginning and tell you what the book is about. It’s set in Australia and […]

The Sound of Music – Maria Von Trapp

The Sound of Music. You probably all know it as the movie with Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer and you may even know it was a book before that but it all started in the 1920s in Austria when Maria Augusta Kutschera was sent to Captain Georg von Trapp’s house to look after his ill daughter, she […]

Zachor I remember Will you? – Vera Freiden with Kathy Kaplan and Sue Newton

This book is a moving account of one person’s survival during and following the Holocaust. I had the honour of proofreading it before publishing. Born in Žilina, Slovakia in 1929, Freidin was brought up in a loving family and somehow managed to survive the Holocaust even managing to return home and then to school topping the class. She is bright and […]