Author Archives: estelle1948


“Don’t judge a book by it’s cover! Posted on 18 March 2013by Bibliophile You know the old adage “Don’t judge a book by its cover”? Well this is the perfect example of it. The novel The Colour of Milk by Nell Leyshon doesn’t have the most eye-catching, attention-grabbing cover in publishing history but the … […]

Standing In Another Man’s Grave – Ian Rankin

Cantankerous, bloody-minded retired John Rebus is back… not as a Detective Inspector in the Edinburgh police force but working in a Cold Case unit. Rebus wants to reapply for admission back into the Force because the retirement age has been lifted. Unfortunately, Inspector Malcolm Fox, Internal Affairs is investigating Rebus’ unorthodox methods and thinks he […]

The Storyteller- Jodi Picoult

This is Jodi Picoult at the top of her game; I predict a movie of The Storyteller. I thought it was great, a real page turner! In New Hampshire there lives a young woman Sage Singer; superb baker and recluse who works at night because she had been physically and psychologically scared by her past. […]

Two Brothers – Ben Elton

Inspired by the author’s family history, a fast paced, page turning holocaust based story! A great read that kept me reading far into the night. Berlin 1920, a German Jew doctor is rushed to hospital by her husband (a Jazz musician) to give birth to her twin boys; one survives, one dies.  In the same […]

Miss Me When I’M Gone – Emily Arsenault

For those who like country and western trivia mixed with their mystery you may enjoy this story very much but for me it was confusing. I found the mix made the story hard to follow; jumping back and forward. The concept for the story was different and I think Arsenault’s plot could have worked well […]

Landscape of Farewell – Alex Miller

A haunting, spiritual story of friendship in the later years of life! Beautifully written!

In Hamburg, an elderly German Professor Max Otto meets an Australian Professor Vita McLelland at the lowest point in his life. Vita and Max become friends and Max promises to visit her in Australia in the future.

When Max does visit Australia Vita coerces him into visiting and staying on the edge of an abandoned township Mount Nebo in Queensland Central Highland ranges with Vita’s indigenous uncle, Dougald Gnapun.
Max and Dougald carry the weight of the ‘sins of their fathers’ upon their shoulders and it isn’t until they meet they come to believe fate has drawn them together for a very special reason.

Alex Miller is one of Australia’s best-loved writers. In 2007 Landscape of Farewell was published to wide critical acclaim and in 2008 won the Chinese Annual Foreign Novels 21st Century Award for Best Novel and the Manning Clark Medal for an outstanding contribution to Australian cultural life. It was also short-listed for the Miles Franklin Award, the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction, the ALS Gold Medal and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. Alex is published internationally and widely in translation. Alex Miller won The Miles Franklin Literary Award for “The Ancestor Game” and for “Journey to the Stone Country”. “The Ancestor Game” won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize in 1993. “Conditions of Faith” won the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction in the New South Wales Premier’s Awards as did “Lovesong” in 2011. “Lovesong” won the People’s Choice Award, The Age Book of the Year Award and the Age Fiction Prize for 2011.

How to be a good wife – Emma Chapman

Haunting, thrilling and a beautifully written psychological debut novel! Marta and Hector have been married for many years. Marta was given a copy of a book “Make your home a place of peace and order” by her mother-in-law on her marriage which she follows to the letter. Marta becomes obsessed with following the same house […]

En Eye for Eternity: The life of Manning Clark – Mark McKenna

An impressive biography! Beautifully written! Seven years in research and writing! A story you want to keep reading because it is so interesting and is about the life of a man who was complicated, imperfect and a remarkable intellectual; the real Manning Clark. This is also a looking glass into the people who surrounded his […]

A Hundred Flowers – Gail Tsukiyama

Simply written, beautifully descriptive, a reading delight!  “Let a hundred flowers bloom; let a hundred schools of thought contend.                                                                         -Mao Tse-Tung, 1956” Mao’s words…..supposedly to encourage openness but scholars and other intellectuals feared a trap!  Tsukiyama’s novel is set in China in 1958; the repressive period of Mao Tse-tung; when people disappeared or were […]


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