The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak Published by Pan Macmillan Australia on 2009 Pages: 584 Goodreads It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will be busier still. By her brother’s graveside, Liesel’s life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in […]

Jews in the Russian Army, 1827-1917 Drafted into Modernity – Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern

Jews in the Russian Army, 1827 1917: Drafted Into Modernity by Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern Published by Cambridge University Press on February 27th 2014 Pages: 326 Goodreads This is the first study of the military experience of some one to one-and-a-half million Jews who served in the Russian Army between 1827, the onset of personal conscription of […]

The Complete Maus – Art Spiegelman

The Complete Maus – Art Spiegelman

The Complete Maus (Maus, #1-2) by Art Spiegelman Published by Penguin Books on October 2nd 2003 Pages: 296 Goodreads Combined for the first time here are Maus I: A Survivor’s Tale and Maus II – the complete story of Vladek Spiegelman and his wife, living and surviving in Hitler’s Europe. By addressing the horror of […]

Killing Kitchener – Steve Sailah

Killing Kitchener by Steve Sailah on 2017 Goodreads ‘One bloody bullet gets you in the end, he said as he coughed up a mouthful of blood and exhaled one last long breath…’ A single murder lies at the heart of this compelling crime mystery that moves from the battlefields of Turkey and Palestine to the […]

Thud! – Terry Pratchett

Thud!: (Discworld Novel 34) by Terry Pratchett Published by Corgi on February 13th 2014 Pages: 464 Goodreads Another brilliant novel in the record-breaking Discworld series. VOTED AS READERS’ FAVOURITE DISCWORLD NOVEL IN THE DISCWORLD CUP 2010! ‘Some people would be asking: whose side are you on? If you’re not for us, you’re against us. Huh. […]

The White Mouse by Nancy Wake

The White Mouse by Nancy Wake

The Autobiography Of The Woman The Gestapo Called The White Mouse by Nancy Wake Published by Sun Books on January 1st 1970 Pages: 200 Goodreads The Gestapo called her the White Mouse. Nancy Wake, an Australian who became one of the most highly decorated women of World War II, here tells her own story. After […]

My Brother Jack – George Johnston

by 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 […]

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 […]