Book Review – TRIO by Geraldine Wooller

Trio by Geraldine Wooller

Trio Synopsis : Celia, Marcia, and Mickey meet and become friends in London. Searching for work and success in the theatre, they end up sharing a flat and a deep bond of friendship. Set in Italy, London and Australia from the sixties to current times, Trio is the story of their complex personalities and relationships, of the […]

Book Review – BLACK LIGHT by K A Bedford

Black Light by K A Bedford

Black Light Synopsis : Ruth Black is an English novelist left widowed by the mysterious death of her husband during the Great War. She immigrates to Australia and settles in the sleepy coastal town of Pelican River to repair her broken heart and work on her next novel. But her quiet life is thrown into disarray when […]

Book Review – CAIRO by Chris Womersley

Cairo by Chris Womersley

Cairo Synopsis : At 18, Tom escapes ordinariness in small town Australia for Melbourne and a flat in a strange block named Cairo. There he meets the magnetic Max Cheever, and is drawn into his circle of bohemian artists and dreamers. But soon Tom is ensnared in a plot to steal a million dollar Picasso masterpiece. Among […]

Book Review – ONLY THE ANIMALS by Ceridwen Dovey

Only the Animals by Ceridwen Dovey

Only the Animals Synopsis : In a trench on the Western Front a cat recalls her owner Colette’s theatrical antics in Paris. In Nazi Germany, Himmler’s dog seeks enlightenment. A Russian tortoise once owned by the Tolstoys drifts in space during the Cold War. In the siege of Sarajevo, a bear starving to death tells a […]

Book Review – THE MASTER OF GO by Yasunari Kawabata

The Master of Go by Yasunari Kawabata

The Master of Go Synopsis : Go is a game of strategy in which two players attempt to surround each other’s black or white stones. Simple in its fundamentals, infinitely complex in its execution, it is an essential expression of the Japanese sensibility. And in his fictional chronicle of a match played between a revered and […]

Book Review – CLOUDSTREET by Tim Winton

Cloudstreet by Tim Winton

< Your chance to win a copy of this book > Cloudstreet Synopsis : Two rural families – the Pickles and the Lambs – flee to the city after separate catastrophes. They find themselves sharing a great, breathing, shuddering joint called Cloudstreet, where they begin their lives again from scratch – and for twenty years, they roister and rankle, […]

Book Review – WHIP SMART, LOLA MONTEZ STARTS A REVOLUTION by Kit Brennan

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Whip Smart, Lola Montez Starts a Revolution Synopsis : A wild and sexy romp through history based on the real-life adventures of the audacious, Lola Montez. In her most flamboyant adventure yet, Lola Montez gallops to Bavaria and on an outrageous dare, seduces King Ludwig I.  The aging royal cannot resist Lola’s fascinating moves as a Spanish dancer, […]

Book Review – A FORTUNATE LIFE by A B Facey

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A Fortunate Life Synopsis : Born in 1894, Albert Facey lived the rough frontier life of a sheep farmer, survived the gore of Gallipoli, raised a family through the Depression and spent sixty years with his beloved wife, Evelyn. Despite enduring hardships we can barely imagine today, Facey always saw his life as a ‘fortunate’ one. A […]

The Collectors by Philip Pullman, a Christmas gift from Audible

The Collectors by Philip Pullman

I finally got my act together and transferred my Audible.com account (and my entire audiobook library) to Audible.com.au. I really don’t know why I’d been putting it off for so long – just a couple of clicks and it was done. They also have a great ‘welcome home’ special for Aussies transferring back to their own region marketplace […]

Book Review – NAVIGATIO by Patrick Holland

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Navigatio Synopsis : Navigatio tells the story of Saint Brendan of Clonfert, a sixth century monk and adventurer, and his legendary quest for the Isle of the Blessed via a gauntlet of monsters, devils, angels, prophets and beautiful maidens. Brendan’s battles with the sea and the cosmos bear out what William Faulkner once called ‘the human heart in […]

Book Review – THE EDISON EFFECT by Bernadette Pajer

The Edison Effect by Bernadette Pajer

The Edison Effect Synopsis : Inventor Thomas Alva Edison is a ruthless businessman, intent on advancing General Electric and beating all rivals like Nikola Tesla and Westinghouse. Edison has agents in place in Seattle but he’s come himself in pursuit of a mysterious invention lost in 1901 in Elliott Bay. When Edison asks for information, few […]

Book Review & Giveaway – THE BITTER TRADE by Piers Alexander

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The Bitter Trade Synopsis : I am Calumny Spinks Between me and the satin blue sky hangs the hempen noose. It has swung there in the faintest of breezes, waiting for me, all my life. In 1688, torn by rebellions, England lives under the threat of a Dutch invasion. Redheaded Calumny Spinks is the lowliest man in […]