Category Archives: Fiction

Our Best of 2016

It’s December, which means it must be time for our ‘best books of the year’ post! It’s often hard for us to keep our list of favourites to just two or three books. We all enjoy an eclectic range of genres each year, … Continue reading

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I’ve BeenTravelling the World Through Books

               In  recent weeks I’ve been travelling across the world and through time and I’ve done it without leaving my lounge room – except for the occasional cup of coffee. I’ve travelled through books. Not travel guides or tales of … Continue reading

Posted in Australian Authors, Australian Books, Ben Ferguson, Crime and mystery fiction, Favel Parrett, Fiction, Michael Robotham, Miles Franklin Award, Philip Bray | 3 Comments

Books and their films

A few years ago I wrote an article for The Independent Book Guide about the high percentage of films which are based on books. I was reminded of this when visiting The Dendy cinema last weekend and discovered that two … Continue reading

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James Lee Burke, Tony Windsor and Fredrik Backman

Just a quick note about three great new books; one fiction, one crime fiction and one non-fiction.  Ove is a curmudgeonly old man but behind his gruff exterior lies a story and sadness. Things change when a young family move … Continue reading

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The 3 Davids; Hill, Malouf and Marr

I was a guest at a glittering party given by Random House Publishers last Friday night. It was to farewell Margie Seale who is stepping down from the role of MD to become a non-executive Director. I have known Margie … Continue reading

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‘Mrs Queen Takes The Train’

Imagine the Queen taking it upon herself to catch the train to Edinburgh by herself while wearing a borrowed hoodie with the skull and crossbones on the back. What a delightful picture that evokes, the Queen no longer instantly recognisable … Continue reading

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The most entertaining book I have read this year, and other terrific books

###################The most  entertaining book I have read this year is ‘The One Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared’. The author, Jonas Jonasson ,was inspired by his grandfather’s storytelling abilities and has certainly carried on the family … Continue reading

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Anne’s Holiday Reading: Auster and Stegner

There’s nothing like a break away from the humdrum of daily life to be able to really lose yourself in a book – or two. Just 3 nights by the sea recently gave me this opportunity. I began reading Paul … Continue reading

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The Women in Black, Sydney in the 1950’s

Delightful, funny, charming! I could gush on and on about this gorgeous little story about a group of women working at Goode’s Department Store in the 1950’s. I’ll try to be succinct! Goode’s is based on David Jones. The book … Continue reading

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Exactly 6 days to the new J. K. Rowling book!

It is 5 p.m. on September 21st and that means it is exactly 6 days to the minute before the release of J. K. Rowling’s ‘The Casual Vacancy’. It is under strict embargo so we are not even allowed to … Continue reading

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