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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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 Instead I’ve used my bookmark (AKA an out-of-date business card) to make copious notes of things to write about.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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Another book in the Dymocks Reading Challenge 2020. This book ticked off the ‘book with a red cover’ category for me. I’m loving this challenge, some of categories are rather vague and can be interpreted in a number of ways making it easy enough to find books to fit. I ...

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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 most amazing story. If you have issues with the Holocaust then I suggest you don’t read it. Morris doesn’t pull many punches with her descriptions. I’ve always heard that life in Siberia for a prisoner was absolutely dreadful. What with the weather and the brutality. I’ve read ...

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This is the sequel to All Quiet on the Western Front. If you think I’ve read the first book you are very much mistaken. I rarely read books in order, why should I start being sensible now? From what I can gather All Quiet on the Western Front is about ...

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I feel I’m reasonably up-to-date with my reading with this book, it’s only ten years old, fairly modern compared with my last book. That was published in 1964. But back to the book. I can see why people made so much fuss about it. I remember it being really big ...

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This is yet another text from one of my uni subjects. I will run out of books I’ve studied at uni in due course but today is not the day. I know I don’t read graphic novels but I was given no choice with this book. It is very well ...

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Killing Kitchener is the sequel to A Fatal Tide. I was reading a pdf and noted a few typos which do not detract from the fact that Sailah’s writing has improved in this second book. Killing Kitchener goes further into the story of Thomas and Snow. We see how mateship was ...

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We had to look at this book in our module talking about the pastoral or the antipastoral. Actually, we were talking about antipastoral with regard to this book. Let me help with a bit of context. Pastoral texts are those that are written with only the good things in mind. ...

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Here I am, in my poetry class listening to my lecturer talking about the final assignment. I’m happily panicking about it until she says something about getting more marks for being creative. The options are to either write a 1,600 word critical essay or an 800 word poem with an ...

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What is there to say about this book? Not much except that I absolutely loved it. I knew of Nancy Wake long before I saw this book, I knew a very small part of her story and I knew that she was an amazing woman. What I didn’t know was how ...

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My Brother Jack by George Johnston I’ve been looking at a lot of iconic books today, this is just one of them. It’s the story of one Melbourne family’s travails through both World War I and World War II through the eyes of David Meredith. Written in 1964, photo I’ve put ...

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