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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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 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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Don’t ask me where I got this volume from, I’ve not made a note of that information. Instead I’ve used my bookmark (AKA an out-of-date business card) to make copious notes of things to write about. Some of the notes are in pencil and are very faint. I need to ...

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I have this love/hate relationship with Monkey Grip. It’s an iconic book and very important because of how it’s written, that it’s written by a female and that the author represents womanhood in a totally different manner to how womanhood had previously been represented in literature. And I love/hate it ...

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Everyone’s favourite singer, for a given value of everyone. I’ve wavered between liking Elvis Presley and not liking him depending on what stage of life I’ve been in. Having read this book I’m now quite ambivalent and don’t know whether I like him or not. Whether the author planned on ...

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Another book for the Dymocks Reading Challenge 2020. This one is for the Memoir category. Weighing in at over 600 pages it’s as thick as Schwarzenegger’s muscles. It’s been on my To Be Read Pile for a while. I had been in an op shop delivering books to them and ...

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Another book for the Dymocks Reading Challenge 2020 I read it ages ago but never got around to writing anything about it, until today. I read this for the ‘A book by an Indigenous Author’ category. It had been on my To Be Read Pile for a while so I ...

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This book was on my TBR pile thanks to Jeff Kennett. I hear you asking why. I’ve never met the man and have no intention of every attempting to do so. He was Premier of Victoria from 1992 to 1999. During that time he closed many schools, both primary and ...

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This is the sixth book in my Dymocks Reading Challenge for 2020. I’d suggest you stop looking for the first five books on my blog as I’ve been very bad at writing about them in reading order. Especially when I’ve read more than one book in a week and have ...

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This is the biography of Tolkien I should have read many years ago. It has all the information I’ve been wanting to know. It also answered the question many people have been asking about both The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, that of why were there so few ...

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