Tag Archives: autobiography

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 […]

Romulus, My Father by Raimond Gaita

The migrant experience is given an emotional charge in this autobiography, Romulus My Father by Raimond Gaita. The book is a moving, fascinating read that has endured as a favourite in Australia since winning the 1998 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction, remaining on the bestsellers list ever since. At its core is an exploration […]

Just the ticket February 25

Just the ticket

Just the ticket by Lynnie Saint James. Post by Robyn55. When Lynnie heads to India with her Indian partner (now her husband) Kuldip, she is like Dorothy landing in the magical land of Oz. Like Dorothy, Lynnie soon embraces her new and bewildering (at times) circumstances. With the help of some enthusiastic and kind Indian […]

High Sobriety : confessions of a drinker by Alice King

High Sobriety: confessions of a drinker by Alice King I chose this book as it had a similar title to the last one I read (High Sobriety: my year without booze by Jill Stark). I was curious to to compare them. This book is an autobiography and is quite different to Jill Stark’s book. Alice […]

Siberian Dream

I have embarked on an escapist, literary journey. I have packed my bag, my passport, my beanie, gloves and my warmest winter coat. I’ve set off to see if I can travel ‘Around the world in 80 literary ways”! I plan to read both fiction and non-fiction in an attempt to traverse this wide and wonderful […]

High Sobriety : My Year Without Booze

High Sobriety : My Year Without Booze by Jill Stark.  I decided to read this book after listening to a review of it on the ABC First Tuesday Book Club program.  Jill is journalist for the Sunday Age newspaper. She worked hard through the week and on weekends, public holidays, and special occasions, would binge drink. Having concerns about her […]

Leap of Faith

Leap of Faith by Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan Memories of an Unexpected Life. When in 1976 the young Lisa Halaby was introduced to King Hussein of Jordan, it was unlikely she thought he would become her beloved husband, and she the stepmother to his many children. But fairytales do sometimes come true and […]

Finding Sarah

Finding Sarah by Sarah Duchess of York. When the young Sarah Ferguson married the Queens second son little did she know what she had signed up for. It was not easy for her living her life in the spotlight where her every move was watched from both within and without the palace. We all know […]

Tokyo Vice by Jake Adelstein

Review by Bindi, Broadbeach Library Tokyo Vice is the memoir of an American journalist who worked for the Yomiuri Shinbun during the heady nineties. The author covered vice and organised crime for the Tokyo newspaper for more than twelve years. During this time, Adelstein investigates extortion, murder, human trafficking, corruption and the yakuza on the […]

Ray Martin tells…..

With humour and clarity of his first memories of a colourful itinerant childhood which shaped his true understanding of fellow Australians, Ray tells his personal journey in The Stories of my Life.

His thirst for informing Australia of what’s happening, not only in their own backyard, but around the world spurred him to travel and research stories which set the path of a successful career spanning forty years in television.

He reveals the interviews with celebrities, the famous and the infamous, the everyday person, during his exceptional years with 60 Minutes, The Midday Show, A Current Affair and The Ray Martin Show.

Ray delivers an insight into his lesser known deep involvement with a variety of charities especially those concerned with Aboriginal disadvantage and children’s hospitals. A dedicated family man, his wife Dianne and his children are the loves of his life and this book reaffirms that he is a talented journalist & really nice bloke with a good story to tell and its a pleasure to read :-)

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