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 […]

Book Review – MAKING SOAPIES IN KABUL by Trudi-Ann Tierney

Making Soapies in Kabul

Making Soapies in Kabul Synopsis : Hot days, crazy nights and dangerous liasons in a war zone On an impulse, Trudi-Ann Tierney, Sydney producer and former actress, goes to Kabul to manage a bar. She quickly falls into the local TV industry, where she becomes responsible for producing a highly popular soapie. Trudi’s staff are hugely inexperienced. […]

Book Review – MY SALINGER YEAR by Joanna Rakoff

My Salinger Year by Joanna Smith Rakoff

My Salinger Year Synopsis: At twenty-three, after leaving graduate school to pursue her dreams of becoming a poet, Joanna Rakoff moves to New York City and takes a job as assistant to the storied literary agent for J. D. Salinger. She spends her days in the plush, wood-panelled agency, where Dictaphones and typewriters still reign and […]

Book Review – NANCY WAKE by Peter FitzSimons

Nancy Wake by Peter FitzSimons

Nancy Wake Synopsis  A Biography of Our Greatest War Heroine 1912-2011 In the early 1930s, Nancy Wake was a young woman enjoying a bohemian life in Paris. By the end of the Second World War, she was the Gestapo’s most wanted person. As a naïve, young journalist, Nancy Wake witnessed a horrific scene of Nazi violence […]

Book Review – THE BLIND MASSEUSE by Alden Jones

Blind Masseuse by Alden Jones

The Blind Masseuse Synopsis  A Traveler’s Memoir from Costa Rica to Cambodia Through personal journeys both interior and across the globe, Alden Jones investigates what motivates us to travel abroad in search of the unfamiliar. By way of explorations to Costa Rica, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Cuba, Burma, Cambodia, Egypt, and around the world on a ship, Jones […]

Book Review – WHAT WESTERNERS HAVE FOR BREAKFAST Five Years in Goa by John McBeath

What Westerners Have for Breakfast, Five Years in Goa by John Mc Beath

What Westerners Have for Breakfast Synopsis: In the mid-eighties John McBeath and his partner Sue left Australia for India with the dream to open a European-style pensione in an old Portuguese villa in Goa. After several visits to India they had realised that Goa with its European influences, pristine beaches, and laid-back tropical lifestyle was at […]

Book Review – LET’S EXPLORE DIABETES WITH OWLS by David Sedaris

Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris

Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls  Synopsis From the unique perspective of David Sedaris comes a new book of essays taking his readers on a bizarre and stimulating world tour. From the perils of French dentistry to the eating habits of the Australian kookaburra, from the squat-style toilets of Beijing to the particular wilderness of a […]

Book Review – RIDING THE TRAINS IN JAPAN by Patrick Holland

Riding the Trains in Japan by Patrick Holland

Riding the Trains in Japan Synopsis Travels in the Sacred and Supermodern East Arriving late in Kyoto Patrick Holland cannot find a room for the night. Homeless and disorientated and in a place where loitering is not encouraged his only solution is to ride the trains. The train journey becomes a thread in book that […]