Jul
16

Mid-way through the year, I realise my pledge to read 52 books in this Year of Reading may have been a bit of an over-estimation on my part. Hey, I know what went wrong, I should have aimed for shorter books. All the ones I’m reading are hundreds of pages … Read More

May
01

I can well understand why Caleb?s Crossing,?by multi-award winning author Geraldine Brooks, won a Pulitzer Prize. As a lover of historical fiction, I marvel at Brooks’ reconstruction of the language of the 1600s and the depth of her research woven seamlessly into this story.? Caleb’s Crossing?is based on the true … Read More

Mar
22

The Dressmaker by Rosalie Ham is said to be a gothic novel. I?m not sure what that means but I did enjoy this rather uncomfortable read. I loved Tilly, the main character, and her calm acceptance and way with her nutty mother. Some truly torrid and horrid characters live within … Read More

Mar
09

How do I talk about a book without gushing adjectives when my cheeks are glowing with writerly admiration and, in equal, turning green with writer envy? ?A hard call when I’ve just read what’s now up there as one of my favourite books ever. Geraldine Brooks Year of Wonders?is?an historical … Read More

Feb
27

This time last year I made a vow – after discovering a tiny baby bird alive but flopped on our back deck with a bleeding cut on its back – that if Mrs Pigeon showed any sign of setting up house this year, I would wave her off sans h?sitation. … Read More

Feb
17

I?ve been told many times that I write a good letter. Well at least I was told so back in the?days when the fine art existed and we weren?t all?reduced to the short speak of emails. I?ve always liked reading letters in books, but books written solely in letters? I?m … Read More

Feb
05

And when they don?t do it for you, do you keep reading??I do. But…?Life is short. Too short to persist sometimes. Back into the year and the weeks are zinging past. I?m already beginning to panic over my challenge to read a book a week. I can see these mini … Read More

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