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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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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Another book from a deceased estate. The late owner had a reasonable size of English literature as well as novels in both Romanian and Italy. Many of the English literature novels ended up in my To Be Read Pile. Nabokov was a very talented man. Not only did he write ...

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I’ve read a lot of Holocaust material recently. It’s not something I did in the past as I felt I wasn’t up to the emotional trauma I knew it would cause me. The past few years I’ve been pushing boundaries and reading far more Holocaust books than I’ve ever read. ...

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I’ve had this book on my shelf for a while. I bumped it to the top of the reading list when I noticed the author was doing a Master Class at the Melbourne Writers Festival last year. I was doing a few Master Classes and tried to read the books ...

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One of the reasons I love going to conventions such as Continuum is because you can browse the stalls and talk to authors directly. I try to still my inner fangirl and talk as if I’m not freaking out by talking to an author…sometimes this works. Wandering the stalls at ...

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I’m not a play reading person, but when I was given some boxes of books from a deceased estate I couldn’t help picking the eyes out of them before passing them on. It turns out the deceased had a literary bent as well as being able to read several languages. ...

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I ordered this during the IAJGS (the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies, Inc.) in 2013. We were in Boston and it was a wonderful event. I’m not a genealogist but I accompany someone who is and I’m not about to turn down a trip to Boston. I’m also vaguely ...

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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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This is one of those incredibly important books my kids read in school. I wish I’d read it then. Actually, I wish it had been written decades ago so I could have read it way back when and been totally inspired by their courage, their tenacity and their skills. A ...

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