Arnold Zable is one of those great writers. I reckon he’s the Neil Gaiman of the biography genre. I understand I’ll be repeating myself, but I do feel his books should be used as examples of good writing. I am going to choose one paragraph and I’ll try not to ...

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Another book in the ‘can’t remember where or when I got this’ category. Sometimes I remember to write this information down on a business card and put it in the book. This biography is nicely written, we get some good insights into what it’s like to live in Kabul, and ...

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I found this book on my inlaws shelf when I was helping clean out their house. I’m fascinated by quirky books and this took my fancy. The only thing that makes this book quirky is that it was written in 1951. Medical science has progressed significantly since that year, vast ...

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Smith has a fairly common name, but her writing is the totally opposite. When I unboxed her book I misunderstood and thought she was published by a traditional publisher. She gently disabused me of this notion. One day I feel the traditional publisher will regret turning her away. What Smith ...

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So I unboxed a parcel and made video. It seemed fitting to publish another guest post by Sally Jane Smith the day after that video went live. Since her last article for me she’s published her own book, you can see her links at the bottom. (ISBN 9780645139280) “Aama scoffs ...

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This is another of my stash from the Book Fair Australia. I bought it because it seemed interesting, and it occurred to me I’m very intuitive when I buy my books. I don’t put too much thought into if the plot sounds good or if the characters excite me. I ...

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If you’re a reader you’ve probably heard of Johannes Gutenberg, the father of printing. He was the first person to invent a moveable-type printing press. In order for a printing press of this calibre to come into being a number of other things had to be invented. These include adjustable ...

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I bought this book at the op shop. I’ve been doing a lot of looking at books at op shops recently. Trying not to do too much because I come away with books and my TBR Pile is already bursting at the shelves. I’ve probably mentioned before how I have ...

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This is one of those heartrending books that are a delight to read. I bought it at the bookshop, Under the Silver Tree in Broken Hill. It was recommended to me by the manager and I am grateful to her. Having completely forgotten to write my blog last week I ...

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Another book by the great Michael Palin. I do wonder if Palin is tired of having words such as ‘great’ attached to his name. All of them are well deserved, but I just wonder how he feels about it all. I’ve no idea where or when this book appeared in ...

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My reading is rather eclectic and this is probably on the more normal side of my reading I think the last two books have been a little out there. I was recommended I read this with a view to figuring out how I could structure the history of my synagogue ...

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Another book I have no idea how it appeared on my To Be Read Pile. Probably through the deceased estate. The man was well read in the classics and many other books recommended for me at uni. Also well read in multiple languages. I only kept the English ones that ...

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