A Lord Peter Wimsey mystery! And so mysterious there were quite a few bits I didn’t understand. That could possibly be because I know precious little about bell ringing. The one thing I know about bell ringing didn’t turn up until fairly late in the piece, and I’m not going ...

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This is the last Nevil Shute book I have on my To Be Read Pile. Partway through the previous of his books I had on my shelf I decided life is too short to read romance. This novel is not romance so I made it through to the end. It’s ...

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Another book for the Dymocks Reading Challenge 2020. I’m determined to finish this challenge so I did some research on Dymocks Top 51 Children’s Books and managed to borrow this book from someone in my local group. I’ve promised to return it within two weeks so I sat down on ...

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I think I won this book at an auction a few years ago, it’s sat on my To Be Read Pile since then. I pulled it off to read it because of its size. Yes, I was being sizist, reading a thick book makes a bigger gap in my pile. ...

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‘Come to the printing museum,’ they said. ‘It will be fun,’ they said…. To be honest, I wasn’t sure the Penrith Museum of Printing was something I’d be interested in. The whole idea of walking around looking at equipment I have no idea about, sounded boring. In fact, so as ...

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Another solid detective novel, set in Sydney and this time tied up with the Sydney Harbour Bridge. We get to see a little bit of history of the construction of the Bridge and that gives us a date for the setting of this book. We’re told this book is set ...

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This is one of those pulp magazines that I love so much. I pulled it off the shelf, looked at the table of contents and didn’t recognise a single name. I almost cheered out loud. It’s lovely to find a whole new swag of writers that I can stalk…sorry, search ...

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This book was given to me by the author, Tal is in one of my business groups. She is as lovely as the photo on the front cover. I’ve tried to remain objective about this book, but I’ve found it challenging when parts of it resonate with me. This book ...

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This is the 17th novel in the Cliff Hardy series. It is actually a memory of Cliff Hardy’s first detective case. It illustrates how tough the character must be to be able to survive and continue surviving through so many challenging cases. There are a few things I want to ...

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A couple of days ago I finished reading my third Arthur Upfield book in a row. I wanted to finish quickly so I could lend them all to a friend. Having binged them I felt it would be good to talk about them in general terms rather than individually. Upfield ...

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Ellen DeGeneres, does she even need a surname or will one name do? It’s really hard to say what sort of book this is. I feel it’s a combination of autobiography and comedy with a whole heap of works thrown in that sounded good at the time. I found this ...

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Following a discussion on the closure of Footprint Books I asked my friend Jennifer Jones to write us a few words about this. Footprint Books is an Australian book distribution company founded in 1999 by Kate O’Reilly and Simon Player, both of whom already had several years of experience in ...

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Ngaio Marsh was born in Christchurch, New Zealand. She is one of the Queens of Crime along with other wonderful writers such as Agatha Christie. She was supposedly born in 1895 but as her father didn’t register her birth until 1900 that is uncertain. This was a common occurrence for ...

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