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Book review: Phosphorescence by Julia Baird

I usually steer well clear of self-help or emotional wellbeing-type books, but this one was given to me by a friend so I ended up flicking through it. I did…

Book review: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

During one of Victoria’s many lockdowns, A Gentleman in Moscow provided a vision of a different kind of lockdown. And it was refreshing to read about a man dealing with…

Book review: The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel

This was a long read to start the year, but a great one. The third in the Thomas Cromwell series was quite the tome, beginning after the death of Anne…

In a life of ups and downs, reading is a constant

I have been fortunate enough to cuddle, squeeze and smell two babies who were only months old recently. It has been a few years since my children were that little…

Book review: The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker

Gosh, I really like Greek mythology. First, I read Circe and The Song of Achilles, and now Pat Barker’s The Silence of the Girls. I have loved them all. While…

Book review: Still Life by Sarah Winman

I started Sarah Winman’s Still Life with extremely high expectations after hearing from friends and social media that it was a must-read. I had also heard that it was set…

I’ll read anything written by my favourite authors … even if it’s a book about footy

In my mind, my favourite writers are organised in a heirarchy of how desperately I will try to get my hands on their latest book. For instance, as soon as…

Book review: A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

I listened to A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler on audiobook and it I think I enjoyed it more in that format than I would have in hard…

The battle of the bookshelves

There are a lot of reasons to disagree at the moment. We can argue endlessly about the advantages and disadvantages of COVID lockdowns, whether to get vaccinated (YES!), and how…

Book review: When Life Gives You Lemons by Fiona Gibson

The optimistic title of When Life Gives You Lemons sums up Fiona Gibson's book - it is sweet and positive and heart warming. I picked up this book when I…

Book review: Kokomo by Victoria Hannan

I have to admit that the first page got my attention, describing in vivid detail a full-frontal performance by the protagonist’s workmate. Victoria Hannan’s debut novel, Kokomo, is certainly easy…

The Discomfort of Evening by Marieke Lucas Rijneveld

I really don’t know what to make of this one. The Booker Prize winner for 2020, The Discomfort of Evening is set on a cattle farm, capturing the story of…

Maybe the Horse Will Talk by Elliot Perlman

Elliot Perlman’s Maybe the Horse Will Talk is entirely different from his other books I have read – Three Dollars and Seven Types of Ambiguity. This one was a romp…

Book review: The Confession by Jessie Burton

Jessie Burton’s The Confession is a book split into the past and the present – one set n the 1980s when a glamorous woman falls under the spell of successful…

Book review: Luster by Raven Leilani

Who could resist the pull of the red lips on the cover of Luster? And true to first impressions, the story intimate, pushing boundaries in love. But unfortunately, the boundaries…

Book review: The Girl on the Page by John Purcell

If there’s one thing I like even better than books, it’s books about … books. John Purcell’s The Girl on the Page is delightfully obsessed with books – the different…

Book review: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling

It might be that I really, really want Harry to have someone watching over him like a parent might, but I think this is my favourite book of the Harry…

Book review: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling

The adorable Dobby is more than slightly frustrating in the second instalment of JK Rowling's Harry Potter series. At the beginning of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, he…

Book review: The Place on Dalhousie by Melina Marchetta

I hadn’t read a book by Melina Marchetta since the gorgeous Looking for Alibrandi as a teenager, so I was curious to see what The Place on Dalhousie was like.…

Book review: Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks

Geraldine Brooks’ Caleb’s Crossing tells the story of Caleb Cheeshateaumauk, the first native American to graduate from Harvard College in 1665 through the eyes of his friend Bethia, the daughter…

Book review: A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult

As Jodi Picoult’s modus operandi, A Spark of Light provides a fictional and engaging way of discussion a controversial topic. This time, it she tackles abortion by setting the story…

Book review: Farewell, My Lovely by Raymond Chandler 

I swear this will be the last time a choose a book because of its title. I was seduced by the sound of Farewell, My Lovely and ended up with…

Book review: Beauty by Bri Lee 

Bri Lee has followed up her brilliant Eggshell Skull with an eassy titled Beauty. While the two books are quite different, they are linked as they draw heavily on Lee’s experiences.  Eggshell…

Book review: Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout

Despite her failings, there is something solid and reliable about Olive. I read the second of Elizabeth Strout's Olive books during one of Melbourne's lockdowns and it was comforting to…

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