Author Archives: Bibliophile

The Unlikely pilgrimage of Harold Fry Book Club Discussion Questions

The Unlikely pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce is available as one of the Gold Coast Libraries’ Book Club kits. **Please be aware that book discussion questions may contain spoilers** Synopsis: The Unlikely pilgrimage of Harold Fry is Rachel Joyce’s debut publication. It was Long-listed for the Man Booker Prize 2012. An extraordinary reflection […]

The Swimmer by Roma Tearne

The Swimmer by Roma Tearne earnestly opens with the tone of a thriller but quickly evolves into something more beautiful and poetic. Poet, Ria Robinson lives in self-exile on the Suffolk Coast. Influenced by her isolation, retreating from reality, she pays little attention to the happenings within her community, she chooses to turn a deaf […]

Thoughts on making a happy family

Have you ever felt like Dorothy strolling along the yellow brick road BUT wait then oh shock horror, strangely you find that you’re “not in Kansas anymore” and your fur-friend Toto has disappeared? Strangely instead you’re walking beside a chocolate river (let’s hope it is chocolate!) and there are a bunch of strange-little-Oompa-Loompa people staring […]

Mrs Sinclair’s suitcase

I know they say not to judge a book by it’s cover, however I am readily admitting that in this case I have. This novel’s beautiful cover is swoon worthy and would charm any bibliophile! Mrs Sinclair’s suitcase by Louise Walters is a delightful novel. The central character Roberta works in the Old & New […]

A story dreamt long ago

A story dreamt long ago by Phyllis McDuff. There always was distance between mother Bettina Mendl and daughter Phyllis McDuff even when they were sitting right beside each other. Bettina was a master of evasion. Phyllis’ questions always went unanswered and she never was quite sure just who indeed her mother was and why she […]

Paris Letters

Paris letters is the memoir of Canadian born, Californian girl Janice Macleod. She lived a fast-paced stereotypical single life until one day when she had an epiphany and realised how unfulfilled she felt.  She decided to do something about it. So she took to writing a daily journa land a blog and pretty quickly answers […]

Wish you happy forever

Wish you happy forever: what China’s orphans taught me about moving mountains by Jenny Bowen is no ordinary memoir. This is the memoir of Californian filmmaker Jenny Bowen, who with her husband and two adult children embarked on the journey of adopting a Chinese orphan. That however was only the start and a small portion […]

The Maid’s Tale

The Maid’s Tale by Rose Plummer offers a brief snapshot into an era long gone. A time that no longer exists, with grand houses and plenty of servants and domestic help. A time of horse-drawn carts, when light was provided by candles, when warmth came from a coal fire (if you were lucky enough to […]

The Simple Life

The Simple Life: The pleasures and rewards of getting back to basics is a quaint snapshot of Rhonda Hetzel’s life as she transitioned from being a corporate workaholic, an avid consumer and someone whose life was focussed outside the house, to a woman who consciously slowed down and focussed all her attention on her home life. She […]

The People Smuggler

The People Smuggler by Robin De Crespigny is the biography of Ali Al Jenabi, known to some as a people smuggler (and condemned), he is known to others as the “Oskar Schindler of Asia” (and praised and revered). You may have heard of him as his name and case was heavily reported by the news and media. He […]

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