Author Archives: Bibliophile

The Road to Urbino

After reading Mosquito by Roma Tearne and really enjoying the author’s “artistic” imbued storytelling, I was quite excited to see a new book by the same author. The Road to Urbino is a very intriguing read. The Road to Urbino is a compelling novel of love, loss, political trauma, war shadows, grief, a barrister and an […]

The Life of Pi

On this occasion I’ve broken my own rules, having seen the movie before reading the book. I erred and wondered if I should still read Yann Martel’s The Life of Pi or if the film had now sullied my would-be reading experience. However retrospectively I don’t know why I stalled even momentarily.  After making a […]

The Lost child of Philomena Lee Book Club Discussion Questions

The Lost Child of Philomena Lee by Martin Sixsmith is available as one of the Gold Coast Libraries’ Book Club kits. **Please be aware that book discussion questions may contain spoilers** Synopsis: Irish lass Philomena Lee is a mere teenager when she falls pregnant and is handed by her family, over to the nuns at Roscrea Abbey. […]

The Railway Man

The Railway Man by Eric Lomax, recently inspired a feature film starring Australia’s Nicole Kidman and the talented Colin Firth, in the role of Eric Lomax. As a young man, Eric  lived a sheltered life in Scotland and enjoyed a pleasant fascination of being a railway enthusiast. At the tender age of ninteen, Young Lomax joined […]

Unbroken: an extraordinary true story of courage and survival

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand will WOW you! The biopic movie adaptation, directed by Angelina Jolie and adapted by the Coen  Brothers, filmed partly in Australia (around the Gold Coast and Northern NSW) is due to hit the big screens is 2014. It is one of the  most amazing tales I’ve ever read and one that is […]

The Great Gatsby

I remember reading the book The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald in high school as part of a standard curriculum reading list. I read it grudgingly and didn’t enjoy it. I could never understand what the hoop-la was about and why it was so reputed and renown. Little did I realise that the whole premise of […]

The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox Book Club Discussion Questions

The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell is available as one of the Gold Coast Libraries’ Book Club kits. **Please be aware that book discussion questions may contain spoilers** Synopsis: Set in Edinburgh in the  1930s, Esme is one of two daughters in the Lennox family.  Esme and her older sister Kitty are […]

The Book Thief Book Club Discussion Questions

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is available as one of the Gold Coast Libraries’ Book Club kits. **Please be aware that book discussion questions may contain spoilers** Synopsis: Set in Germany as Hitler and Nazi power change the landscape and cultural identity of millions. The reader is introduced to Liesel Meminger by he most unlikely of narrators. He […]

Paris Architect

The Paris Architect is set in the City of Lights during the bleak World War II period when Paris becomes the City of Darkness. Nazi-occupied France forces Parisians to choose allegiance for the sole purpose of survival. Lucien is an egotistical architect and not a very likeable one at that. When we first meet him at the […]

The Virgin & the gypsy

D.H. Lawrence was one of the most important English novelists of the first quarter of the twentieth century. He is known particularly for his novels and short stories dealing with sex, relationships and the psychological and physical aspects. He was one of the earliest of the modern English novelists to employ the principles of psychoanalysis […]

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