Tag Archives: non-fiction

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 […]

blog real September 23

Keeping it real

Honey & Oats August 25

Honey and Oats – want to stay healthy while indulging?

Honey & Oats : everyday favorites baked with whole grains and natural sweeteners by Jennifer Katzinger. This is a beautiful new cookbook which aims to help you enjoy healthier versions of your favourite baked goods using whole grains and natural sweeteners. If you are wanting to achieve a healthier lifestyle but just can’t give up […]

Unbroken: an extraordinary true story of courage and survival

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand will WOW you! The biopic movie adaptation, directed by Angelina Jolie and adapted by the Coen  Brothers, filmed partly in Australia (around the Gold Coast and Northern NSW) is due to hit the big screens is 2014. It is one of the  most amazing tales I’ve ever read and one that is […]

A History of Silence by Lloyd Jones

Highly recommended; flows easily, his description of the Christchurch earthquake is vivid, the prose at times exquisite, and the memoir falls into the category of “truth is stranger than fiction”.  Lloyd Jones grew up not asking questions of his mother or father’s own lives as they grew up but remembering the odd fragments he had […]

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 […]

Once was Burma

I have embarked on an escapist, literary journey. I have packed my bag, my passport, my map and 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 world of ours. Book […]

Argo

Argo by  Antonio J. Mendez and Matt Baglio. Post by Marie.  This book has everything that you would like in an espionage thriller. It is intriguing, fast-paced and set during a tumultuous time in a war-torn country. The best thing about it is that it is all true. During the Iran hostage crisis in 1979, […]

Serengeti Spy

I have embarked on an escapist, literary journey. I have packed my bag, my passport, my map and 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 world of ours. Book […]

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 […]

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