This is a two for the price of one book. At less than 300 pages for the two books they’re both fairly short, but Simenon was very good with words. He managed to make few words feel like many. What I found interesting is that each book was translated by ...

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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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An old column where I type out a paragraph from a book and examine it in any way I choose. Today I’m looking at a paragraph from Golden Bats and Pink Pigeons by Gerald Durrell. Taking our, by now almost lethal, Jak fruit, we drove back to the hotel. They ...

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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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Friday Photos is a chance to highlight a bookshop or something to do with books. Seeing as we’re all stuck at home and it’s really hard to get out and about to visit many bookshops I took the liberty of putting out a call on Facebook. Angela was good enough ...

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Today I’m bringing back an old column of mine. It’s where I take a paragraph and examine it in whatever detail I wish. Today I’m taking a paragraph from one of my favourite books of all time. My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George is a book I ...

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It feels time for an update. The photo is of my Read Pile. It started a few years ago when I found I wasn’t reviewing books or magazines as I finished them. This may or may not have coincided with me studying VCE. I’m not game to admit to anything ...

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Last year we had the opportunity to visit Shanghai, it was long before the virus. I had mixed feelings about it but ended up enjoying myself. With my allergies and a language and alphabet that was very unfamiliar to me I felt justified in feeling nervous. As it turned out ...

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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 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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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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