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Get your Words Out to win

Young Gold Coast writers should get creative on the theme of LIGHT to be in the running to win an iPad.

Archie milkshake August 27

The Death of Archie Andrews

This is a great graphic novel, which I recommend widely. Archie Comics has been a highly experimental company for the last few years. I think readers miss that because their subject matter seems nostalgic. Archie Comics give the impression that they sell easy Americana. It’s all small town life, love triangles, and teenage japes. This […]

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The Ghosts of houses Past – Lost London 1870-1945 by Philip Davies

Lost London 1875-1945 by  Philip Davies An absolutely brilliant book comprising 500 black and white photos of streets, houses, pubs and shops, schools and churches  of London that vanished between the years 1875-1945.  The photos were taken  as an historical record  for the Survey of London. Images  show mostly every day life  of ordinary people. […]

giraffe August 23

Reading journal 5: it’s totes about the cover

Here’s another lump of books I’ve read this year that I’ve slowly been getting around to reviewing. And what ties them together, you might ask. Well… I know that pretty much everyone, at some time or other, has selected a book to read based entirely on the cover. Oh, just admit it and we’ll move […]

Most beautiful walk in the world

Expat John Baxter finds himself in the role of being tour guide of walking tours in the streets of Paris. He vows to make his tours anything but perfunctory. He aims to take his fellow pedestrians on The Most beautiful walk in the world. If you’re looking for the standard traipse around the tourist traps […]

The Truth according to us August 21

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Queen knows the Truth According to Us

Annie Barrows, co-author of the international best-selling The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, will be visiting Gold Coast Libraries next week. Annie will be talking about her new book, The Truth According to Us on Tuesday 25 August. Set in 1938, in West Virginia, and peopled with exquisitely drawn characters, this novel is […]

Book Review Dust by Christine Bongers reviewed by Jill Smith

This is a brilliant story with many layers. It begins with a mother driving her two children, in a rushed trip to attend a funeral, from Brisbane to a remote outback community in the heart of outback Queensland. The back cover blurb starts with this: Twelve year old Celia Maria was named after saints and […]

The Sultan’s seal

The Sultan’s seal by Jenny White is ultimately a “who-done-it?” novel. What makes this mystery novel so interesting though is the author’s rich descriptions and historic detail that is augmented by lavish depiction of the cultural situation. With abundant descriptions of the clothes, social customs, religious etiquette and social unrest as new ideals of European […]

Station Eleven – sci-fi for the rest of us

I don’t know why, but I have never been attracted to science fiction – until recently that is.  A few months back I read The Martian by Andy Weir which was a great read.  It is being made into a film starring Matt Damon and should be pretty good although I’m not sure how they […]

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Vote for the next Big Library Read

Big Library Read is the first ever global ebook club connecting readers around the world with the same ebook and eaudiobook at the same time. From 7 October – 21 October 2015, our ebook supplier, Overdrive will make the same book available to everyone and provide some great discussion and author chat opportunities. Now they […]

gardenstair2 August 20

The Tale of Terror: The history of early horror writing

If you are an avid horror reader, and want to mine the early authors in the genre, I highly recommend this book. It was a thesis, so it’s not as lengthy as a modern reference book. Read aloud it is only seven hours long. Much of its content was taken (with attribution) by H.P. Lovecraft […]


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