Author Archives: Bibliophile

“Every hour, someone for whom the war was a memory falls out of this world”

All the light we cannot see by Anthony Doerr “A diamond is only a piece of carbon compressed in the bowels of the earth for eons and driven to the surface in a volcanic pipe” (Page 109)  however can you imagine a 133 carat diamond? A giant blue diamond dubbed the Sea of Flames. A […]

Rome, twins, insomnia and the biggest funeral in the history of the world

Four seasons in Rome: on twins, insomnia and the biggest funeral in the history of the world by Anthony Doerr is part traveller’s tale and part personal memoir. Author, Anthony Doerr was notified by letter that he was being awarded a fellowship in literature at the American Academy in Rome, merely twelve hours after his […]

Grace’s table

 To commemorate becoming a septuagenarian Grace’s table bustles with the presence of twelve guests. As family and close friends share a birthday meal to celebrate Grace’s grand milestone, memories and recollections occupy Grace’s thoughts and a disturbing undercurrent of simmering angst begins to boil to the surface amongst the family. Her son is there with […]

The Strange and beautiful sorrows of Ava Lavender

The strange and beautiful sorrows of Ava Lavender is a beguiling journey into magic realism. Those readers who identify what it is like to be different and a little exceptional will understand the magic of this novel. The Strange and beautiful sorrows of Ava Lavender is like a traditional fairytale, combined with myth, mixed with […]

Outback Aussie action at Cicada Springs

Cicada takes you to Cicada Springs a remote cattle station set amongst the wild, rugged, vast Kimberly region of Western Australia. Now add to that mental image, a white English heiress and her husband who arrived in the era of post WWI uncertainty. William and Emily are the heads of the station and masters of […]

Perfect

Perfect by Rachel Joyce In 1972, two seconds were added to time. It was a leap year and two seconds were designed to bring the clock back into line with the natural movement of the earth.  One might argue that two seconds is nothing. Nothing really happens in two second except perhaps tiny arbitrary actions […]

The Love song of Miss Queenie Hennessy

Author Rachel Joyce has the amazing knack of beautifully capturing humanity and making ordinary lives and simple ordinary moments into the extraordinary. Rachel Joyce so carefully presents normal folk with their fears, faults, foibles, and their “fragile realness” and makes them completely relatable to the reader. The talented Rachel Joyce is an author, playwright and […]

From book to film and hitting the BIG screen in January 2015

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 January 2015. It is one of the  most amazing tales I’ve ever read and one that […]

60 Postcards

Grief is a terrible journey but one that we will all have to undertake and endure at some stage in our lives. For Rachael Chadwick, author of 60 Postcards, it came far too early in her life, with the death of her beloved mother. Her mother’s diagnosis and progression from aggressive illness to her decline […]

The Unlikely pilgrimage of Harold Fry Book Club Discussion Questions

The Unlikely pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce is available as one of the Gold Coast Libraries’ Book Club kits. **Please be aware that book discussion questions may contain spoilers** Synopsis: The Unlikely pilgrimage of Harold Fry is Rachel Joyce’s debut publication. It was Long-listed for the Man Booker Prize 2012. An extraordinary reflection […]

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