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food of love3 June 26

The Food of Love Cookery School – a novel

The Food of Love Cookery School  by Nicky Pellegrino. Post by Natalie from Southport library.   Four women are booked into The Food of Love Cookery School, located in the baroque Sicilian mountain town of Favio. Luca Amore runs the school and teaches them how to cook dishes that have been in his family for generations. […]

Rosie Project June 25

The Rosie Project book club discussion questions

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion is available as one of the Gold Coast Libraries’ book club kits. This debut novel was the ABIA 2014 Book of the Year. **Please be aware that book discussion questions may contain spoilers.** Synopsis: Don Tillman is a professor of genetics who works at a Melbourne University – best […]

half bad2 June 23

Half Bad

Half Bad by Sally Green. I chose to read Half Bad after reading the great reviews it received. Wikipedia says ‘ At the Bologna Children’s Book Fair the book has created much buzz and was cited as one of the best books of the fair.  Since then, the rights have been sold to 36 countries worldwide […]

The Barefoot Book of Classic Poems

The Barefoot Book of Classic Poems compiled and illustrated by Jackie Morris. If you love poetry, you will enjoy this beautifully illustrated book of lovely poems by authors such as William Wordsworth, Lilian Moore, W. B. Yeats,  John Donne and Rudyard Kipling. Some of my favourites are from Lewis Carrolls ‘Alice in Wonderland’, and this […]

Favourite classics

Post by Julie from Southport Branch Library. I have to confess to having 5 equal favourite modern classics and they are all American. I’m uncertain as to why 5 pieces of American literature top my list. I have read equal amounts of English, Australian and to a lesser extent continental European literature. I have enjoyed […]

Just the ticket

Just the Ticket by Lynnie Saint-James. When Australian author Lynnie traveled to India with her boyfriend (now her husband) Kuldip for his nephews wedding, she already loved travelling, but her first trip to India proved to be something else. After attending a five day wedding (wearing India’s national dress, with Lynnie in a sari), they travelled through India […]

TC Tom Carroll – pro surfer

TC : Tom Carroll  by Nick Carroll. Post by Julie from Southport Branch Library. Tom Carroll has been an amazing surfer since his teens. He has won numerous surfing titles including twice being World Champion. He was the first pro surfer to earn a million dollars. This book  written mainly from Tom’s viewpoint, but with regular accounts […]

Under Fire – 100 years since the first World War began

Under Fire  by Henri Barbusse (2003 English translation was originally published in French as “Le Feu” in 1916) Post by Janette from Southport Library. Henri Barbusse, born in 1893 in France, was a volunteer in the First World War. In 1914, he had no doubt that the French cause was that of humanity. By early […]

Balancing Act

Balancing Act  by Joanna Trollope. Post by Julie from Southport Branch Library. I haven’t read Joanna Trollope for a long time. I loved her early books but was disappointed by Friday Nights. In Balancing Act, Trollope manages to recreate the magic of her early novels. Trollope writes about close relationships, in this case family ties more than friendships, […]


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