This is a two for the price of one book. At less than 300 pages for the two books they’re both fairly short, but Simenon was very good with words. He managed to make few words feel like many. What I found interesting is that each book was translated by ...

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This book was problematic in a number of ways. It is the story of Todos Santos, a self-contained, self-governing community. It towers over the slums of Los Angeles and holds 250,000 people. Built on the remains of slums that had burned down it holds a new future for many people. ...

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Today’s special article was written by my friend Sally Jane Smith. She shares the highs and lows of her past year. Sally ‘s article has a lot of good advice. National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo) is an annual online challenge in which you undertake to write a 50,000-word manuscript ...

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His full name was Nevil Shute Norway. He dropped his last name to protect his engineering career and to ensure his colleagues continued to think of him as a serious person. At this point in time, sixty years after his death, I find this point to be terribly funny. Nevil ...

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I read this book many years ago. I didn’t actually remember reading it until I was a little way in. And I wasn’t sure about this until the murderer was revealed. That is how long ago it was. I bought this book from a friend who was moving and I ...

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This book is the thirty year history of the famous icebreaker, the Aurora Australis. It was the first and only icebreaker of its kind to be made in Australia. It has a really exciting story, starting with the idea and going all the way to the end of its life. ...

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This is a Holocaust novel as opposed to a Holocaust memoir, biography or autobiography. Sved’s grandparents were caught up in the madness that was the Holocaust. They escaped and built a life, but before that they were mathematicians who met with other young Jewish mathematicians at a statue called Anonymous ...

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This book is really new, it was only released two months ago, you might have seen it come across your radar some time in this time frame. I love Jean Kittson as a comedian, I find her very funny. I had no idea what to expect from a non-fiction book ...

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When I was young I totally fell in love with the books by Arthur Ransome. They were gentle fictional novels which really caught my fancy. They are the reason I enjoy rowing, I’m not particularly good at rowing…I’m more in the camp of go-hard-or-go-home and that’s not terribly good when ...

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This is a book I found on my phone while I was on a plane last year. I had just watched the movie made from the book starring Hilary Swank. We’d spent so much time on planes I’d run out movies or TV shows I wanted to watch. I turned ...

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I picked up these books through my local group on Facebook. It’s a lovely, friendly group. The admin really work hard to keep the aggro to a minimum. Someone offered them and I needed Book 1 in a Fantasy Series for the Dymocks Reading Challenge 2020. I’ve now read them ...

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Writing James Gong: The Big Hit Publisher: Hybrid Publishers Distributor: New Holland RRP $16.95 ISBN: 978-1-925736-44-1 Paul Collins has supplied me with a few words talking about his new book James Gong: The Big Hit. I always a guest writer. Over to you, Paul… I originally got the idea for ...

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