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 – HOW DOES ONE DRESS TO BUY DRAGONFRUIT? edited by Shannon Young

How Does One Dress to Buy Dragonfruit edited by Shannon Young

How Does One Dress to Buy Dragonfruit? True Stories of Expat Women in Asia In this collection, twenty-six women reveal the truth about expatriate life in modern East Asia through original works of memoir and creative non-fiction. Their experiences are varied and unique, demonstrating that expat women’s lives go far beyond the stereotypical. The writers […]

Book Beginning – NANCY WAKE, A Biography by Peter FitzSimons

Nancy Wake by Peter FitzSimons

Nancy Wake Synopsis 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 in a Viennese street. From that moment, […]

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 – DANUBIA by Simon Winder

Danubia by Simon Winder

Danubia, A Personal History of Habsburg Europe Synopsis For centuries much of Europe was in the hands of the very peculiar Habsburg family. An unstable mixture of wizards, obsessives, melancholics, bores, musicians and warriors, they saw off – through luck, guile and sheer mulishness – any number of rivals, until finally packing up in 1918. From […]

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 […]