I bought The Left-handed Booksellers of London by Garth Nix for the Dymocks Reading challenge of 2020. I’m sure I’ve read Garth Nix before but I can’t be sure. I have heard that he is a very good awesome and I was looking forward to find out what I thought ...

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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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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 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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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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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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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 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 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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This book came across my desk as part of a deceased estate. It was a privilege to see those books, there was such a wide variety. Anything from Romanian texts, to Italian texts, to English literature and a miscellaneous mixture of other stuff. I took most of the English literature ...

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