Tag Archives: Australian books

The Golden Day by Ursula Dubosarsky Reviewed by Jill Smith

I just finished this book, which I read quickly because I soon got lost in the plight of the girls and shared their fear. The teacher Miss Renshaw ruled her small class of 11 girls with an iron fist. She was a little whacky and definitely a dreamer. The girls knew that they dare not […]


Mullumbimby – a town I have visited on and off for the past 30 years or so and where I have called home for the past year. It is fitting that for my last book review with Book Coasters the story is situated in the Northern Rivers region where I spent my childhood; home to […]

Australian books March 01

Twenty great Australian books – solved!

We hope you enjoyed working out the clues in our Australian stories hidden book title puzzle. Here’s that image again… And here are the 20 titles: The Boatby Nam Le My Brilliant Careerby Miles Franklin 48 Shades of Brownby Nick Earls Cloudstreetby Tim Winton Dot and the Kangaroo by Ethel Pedley The Well Dressed Explorer […]

Stoker : the story of an Australian soldier who survived Auschwitz-Birkenau

Stoker : the story of an Australian soldier who survived Auschwitz-Birkenau by Donald Watt. I read this book about 17 years ago when it was first published, and the story has stayed with me so strongly that I wanted to add it to our 28 Days of Australian Stories. This is not a definitive account of […]

Tomorrow, when the war began

Tomorrow, when the war began by John Marsden.   I loved reading this series, by one of Australia’s great writers. It is about a group of seven teenagers who decide to camp out, or ‘go bush’ for a few days over the Christmas holidays. One night while they are away, they hear the roar of engines […]

Girt : the Unauthorised History of Australia

Girt : the unauthorised history of Australia by David Hunt. Girt was recommended to me by another reader who knows that I enjoy books with humour, and it didn’t disappoint! This unauthorised history of Australia is alternatively interesting and informative, and then irreverant and hilariously funny. An the title? In the authors words, ‘Girt. No […]

Scission by Tim Winton

Scission by Tim Winton Post by Jennifer Gates, Southport Branch.  Published in 1985, Scission is Winton’s first short story collection. The title refers to the act of tearing or ripping apart and to quote Tim Winton, he says that this collection “explores the joy and pain of living”.  It is this theme that unites all […]

Swallow the Air

Swallow the Air by Tara June Winch  Review by Jennifer Gates, Southport Branch Library  As a debut novel, Tara Winch has captured her audience with a distinctive voice. Tara was born in Sydney with Aboriginal, Afghan and English heritage. In 2004, she won the David Unaipon Award for Indigenous Writers.  “Swallow the Air” follows May […]

The Baking Collection – a fabulous book!

The Baking Collection by The Australian Women’s Weekly [food director, Pamela Clark] Post by Joy from Southport Branch Library.  This book arrived in the library a short while ago and I fell in love with the dustcover. The dustcover is just exquisite, depicting a delightful vision of delicious cakes and slices as well as a […]

The Daughters of Mars

The Daughters of Mars by Thomas Keneally. I don’t usually read books set in wartimes, so I hesitated over Tom Keneally’s latest novel, The Daughters of Mars. However, the idea that the plot revolved around women intrigued me. It traces the experiences of two sisters from rural NSW who both volunteer as nurses during World […]


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