Billy Liar – Keith Waterhouse

Billy Liar – Keith Waterhouse

Billy Liar by Keith Waterhouse Published by Penguin Pages: 176 Goodreads The classic comedy of a 50s youth trapped inside a Walter Mitty fantasy-world, Billy Liar was published in 1959, and captures brilliantly the claustrophobic atmosphere of a small town. It tells the story of Billy Fisher, a Yorkshire teenager unable to stop lying – […]

Take This Longing – Jennifer Jones

This is a book that was given to me by a friend I’ve known for a long time, such a long time it never occurred to me to tell her about my aversion to romance. I’m here to tell you why you need to read this book and why I read it right to the […]

Making Money – Terry Pratchett

I’ve really put off reading this book as long as I possibly could, not because Pratchett died last year and there won’t be any more books and I want to put off reading the ones I haven’t read as it makes his death seem less real but because it has my favourite character. Don’t ask […]

A is for Debra Adelaide

I made a decision, but you’ve figured that out by now. Yes, I’m going to do another Alphabet by Author but this one is all Australian, I may even narrow it down and do females first but you’ll find out in due course. Today I’m looking at Debra Adelaide. She’s still a young chick being […]

Taking Leaps and Finding Ghosts – Janet DeLee

Everyone has dreams, mine include being totally organised and publishing book reviews at the appropriate time, this time it’s just a dream. Here’s a few words about a book I should have reviewed months ago. Dreams aren’t just for the young, and Ginny Lawther is happy to prove that even at the age of fifty-eight […]

Foiling the Dragon – Susan Price

This is part of my loot from Nullus Anxietas V, I was a little apprehensive when I saw it in my bag and I really only warmed to it in the last few pages. I suspect it’s out of print so if you like what I have to say I wish you luck getting hold of […]

Sea of Many Returns – Arnold Zable

As with all of Zable’s books I was moved, not moved to the point of tears but still moved. Sea of Many Returns is a great book about immigration and return from and to Melbourne and Ithaca. This book looks at Xanthe as she goes to Ithaca, the land of her ancestors and retraces their steps, their […]

My Friend Flicka – Mary O’Hara

This is a powerful story about a boy growing up due to his love for a horse. He goes from being a dreamer who gets lost for an hour at a time looking at a painting to someone who can look after his sick horse and do his chores, he becomes much more focussed. When I found […]

Loyal Creatures – Morris Gleitzman

For me this book is one of those love/hate ones. I loved the writing style, the people within its pages but I hated them going to war and I hated their treatment of the horses afterwards. Let me go back to the beginning and tell you what the book is about. It’s set in Australia and […]

Mondayitis – A Somali Star

I adorn artwork, this artwork is much treasured and has been sold well through the Bakaara Market. My artist intends her artwork be for the people and left for the people to see and be inspired, Keinan had other ideas. He took one of my artwork to sell in the Bakaara Market. It sold well, […]