Author Archives: Bibliophile

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 […]

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 […]

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