Amy July 01

June Online ebook club – Amy by Peggy Savage

This month we’re looking at a lesser-known novel for our online ebook club, Amy by Peggy Savage. Dr Amy Richmond, after being falsely accused and struck off the medical register travels to France to work as an orderly during World War I. She is hoping to rebuild her reputation and regain her medical licence. It is amongst the suffering of the first world war that Amy discovers the meaning of sacrifice, hope and love.

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Book clinic

BOOK CLINIC #5 Creating an online presence It’s ironic that we’re discussing the importance of an author’s online presence this month for Book Clinic. As you can see by the bizarre succession of 1,2, 5, I have been less than diligent in updating this post about our writing sessions. Tomorrow, Saturday 11 July, 10.30am – noon, […]

lightning people July 28

Lightning People

Lightning people by Christopher Bollen. Post by Robyn55. I am thrilled to have ‘found’ Christopher Bollen. Lightning People is his debut novel. He has since written his second – Orient (I can’t wait to read that!) However, back to Lightning People, which follows the life of five people: Dell, Joseph, William, Madi and Raj. These […]

Vegetarian haggis July 27

Facing the terrors of antediluvian vegetarianism for Cooking for Copyright

Time to make the vegetarian haggis.

cooking4copyright July 27

Classic Australian Recipes

This week book coasters is supporting Cooking For Copyright. To inspire you, let’s break out some modern collections of classic Australian cookery.

cats pajamas July 27

2 A.M. at the cat’s pajamas

2 A.M. at the Cat’s Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino Post by Kyla from Local Studies. You may need to read the first couple of pages a few times to grasp that the main character is a jazz singing cigarette smoking shoulder shimmying nine year old who has recently lost her mother. While her father is […]

The Eye of the Sheep by Sofie Laguna

) The Book club I run enjoys keeping up with the latest trends in literary reads, so I often set award winning titles for our meetings. This month I selected “The Eye of the Sheep” by Sofie Laguna. This title has just won the 2015 Miles Franklin Award. I found the book a hard slog […]

The Snow child

The Snow child is the debut novel of Eowyn Ivey. Set in the harsh, non-forgiving frontier of Alaska in the 1920s. It tells the story of Jack and Mabel a childless couple who relocate to Alaska to try their hand on the land. Accompanied by unspoken grief the couple struggle in Alaska. Jack with a sense […]

Away With The Fairies: a Phryne Fisher Mystery

Away with the Fairies is an easy to read murder mystery set in Melbourne during the 1920’s. The main character is private detective, Miss Phryne Fisher. I love Phryne because she has spunk and doesn’t always behave the way that a lady should during the 1920’s. The colourful, intelligent, sassy, high-spirited, wealthy and stylish Miss Phryne Fisher is never dull! […]

A Story of Seven Summers: Life in the Nun’s House by Hilary Burden

As soon as I read that this book was set in Tasmania around Pipers River, Karoola and Lilydale I had to read it, as this is where I grew up and spent the first few years of married life.  Hilary also grew up on this picturesque isle and was drawn back to its slower pace […]

The Liar by Nora Roberts

I have been a Nora Roberts fan for years but the last trilogy The Cousins O’Dwyer was one I did not even finish. In this series you knew the villain would lose and the cousins would win. With hesitation I picked up The Liar, The main character Shelby’s husband Richard was declared missing at sea […]

Half a King by Joe Abercrombie

Half a King is the first book in Joe Abercrombie’s “Shattered Sea” trilogy.  Set in a bloodthirsty and merciless Viking-esque era (as the back cover describes) “where a strong arm and a cold heart rule”, the epic fantasy tale follows the story of Yarvi, a young prince born with a disfigured hand. With plenty of twists, betrayal […]

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