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 […]

Mondayitis – AK-47

Life hard for gun. Life hard for boy. Boy take me with him when he leave men. Men use other gun like me kill people. Make boy use me kill people. Life not good. I gun. Made to kill. Boy shoot me…that not right. Boy shoot WITH me. I best friend he have when cousin not come back. Hard […]

How I Live Now – Meg Rosoff

Daisy is sent to England from New York to live with her cousins for a perfect summer. There are four of them: Osbert, Isaac, Edmond and Piper. Three boys and a girl. And two dogs and a goat. Daisy has never met anyone like them before. Especially Edmond. This summer will change her life. It […]

Secrets and Sisterhood – Jenny Pausacker

Apparently we’re going to a demo. I’ve seen pictures of demos in the newspapers of course – people marching down the street, holding banners and bits of cardboard with signs on them… But this demo sounded like it was just for women. I didn’t get it. Jan Packard starts a diary because she is bored, […]

A Fatal Tide – Steve Sailah

‘His promise to himself to avenge his father was turning out like the Dardanelles, like nothing he had imagined…’ It is 1915 and Thomas Clare rues the day he and his best friend, Snow, went to war to solve the murder of his father. The only clues – a hidden wartime document and the imprint […]