Tag Archives: memoir

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 […]

September online ebook club wrap-up – Tracks

This month our September Online ebook club read was Tracks by Robyn Davidson. Tracks is the memoir of Davidson’s 1700 mile walk across the Australian desert with 4 camels and her dog in tow.

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September online ebook club – Tracks by Robyn Davidson

This month we’re reading Tracks by Robyn Davidson for our online ebook club. You may recall the movie ‘Tracks’ being released at the cinema early in 2014. This is the true story of Robyn Davidson, a woman who walked from Alice Springs to the West Australian coast in the 70’s with 3 camels and her […]

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 […]

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 […]

Secret life of the Gold Coast

The Gold Coast is a renown travel destination for sun, surf and sand. The Gold Coast attracts flocks of tourists annually wanting to soak up the sun, lap up the lattes, shop til they drop and party til the sun comes up on a brand new day. When this book crossed my radar, it peaked my interest.  The […]

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