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 Instead I’ve used my bookmark (AKA an out-of-date business card) to make copious notes of things to write about.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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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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I write this a few minutes after finishing the book. Sitting in front of my computer I am bemused by much about this book. W. Somerset Maugham is very well known. He died at the ripe old age of 91 and was a very colourful character. He wrote many plays ...

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This is the story of Edith Piaf written by her half-sister. It shows passion, dedication and a time and place so different from my own. The author, Simone Berteaut, began working in a factory at the age of eleven. I worked alongside my father as his dental nurse from the ...

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The Life of Oscar Wilde by Hesketh Pearson I’d apologise for the lack of title and author in the photo but this is often how they printed books back in 1946, they’d include a dustjacket with more details. This is all I have, I think it’s really lovely and the ...

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Last week we went to Canberra and spent a few days there. There was no internet in the room and hotspotting off my phone was ever so slow, we could go to the common areas and use the internet there but this was something I didn’t want to do too ...

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Cary Grant is one of the most well-remembered movie stars from the 20th Century despite the fact he hasn’t appeared in a movie since 1966. If you haven’t seen Arsenic and Old Lace, His Girl Friday or Topper then your education is sadly lacking and I suggest you go and ...

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eat first, talk later by Beth Yahp Yahp has the sort of writing experience I’m jealous of. She lectures in Creative Writing at the University of Sydney, if she were in lecturing at Deakin in Burwood then she’d end up being one of my lecturers. I find that a bizarre thing that ...

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Reilly Ace of Spies by Robin Bruce Lockhart I uncover the most fascinating books and then when researching them I find some more interesting stuff. This book was originally published in 1967 under the title Ace of Spies. It was written by the son of one of Reilly’s co-workers so he ...

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People Before Profit by Ken Koopman Here we are, a book I haven’t had to read for uni! So excited! If you’re gluten free you’ll have probably heard of Bob’s Red Mill, this company makes good gluten free flour as well as many other products. This is the story of ...

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Rabbi Jacob Danglow by John S Levi Jacob Danglow was a long-serving Rabbi of St Kilda Hebrew Congregation. Tall, athletic and handsome many people found it hard to believe he was a rabbi. He was an inspirational man , ‘the Rolls Royce rabbi’ to his friends and ‘Anglo Danglow’ to his enemies. ...

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My Dear Friends: The Life of Rabbi Dr Herman Sanger by John S Levi Somehow I’ve ended up writing the history of my synagogue and one of the people I’m interviewing suggested it would be a very good thing to read this book, so I did and I agree. I ...

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