Author Archives: shirl

December 29

See you in September

See you in September by Charity Norman. Post by Caroline. This book had me captured from the first page. Although set in the context of cults and a family’s journey, the beautiful descriptions of New Zealand countryside contrasting with the strife of the world, and the drawing of the most basic human needs and how […]

December 28

Why we eat what we eat – the science of eating

Gastrophysics: the new science of eating by Professor Charles Spence. This book is a fascinating study on why we eat what we eat, and what influences how we feel about it from a researchers point of view. You may use this information to market sales of food, or to cut back on what you think […]

River of Gold

River of gold by Hector Holthouse. Post by Caroline. Based on documentary evidence from the period, this is a really interesting description of the places and events during the Palmer River gold rush in far north Queensland. The harshness of life during these times for everyone is almost beyond belief, and yet is part of […]

October 27


Maestra by L. S Hilton. Post by Caroline. I found the main character totally engaging, despite the horrific things she does. I’m not sure if that is a sign of great writing, but it certainly resulted in a book I couldn’t put down.  

October 26

Rain music

Rain Music by Di Morrissey Ned Chisholm wanders far North Queensland writing his music. His sister, Bella, takes leave of her job in the big city and follows him north hoping to persuade him to attend an event to remember their father, but Ned is carrying a family secret and is avoiding his family. Weaving […]

October 25

A little life

A little life by Hanna Yanagihara. Post by Jenni. Wonderful and terrible, raw and tender, sensitive and brutal. It’s hard to work out, let alone describe my reaction to this novel. It is written at a level of intimacy which you don’t often come across. It’s both unique and beautiful, and I loved the damaged […]

How to save a life

How to save a life by Sara Zarr. Post by Jenni. A great measure of the achievement of a book is in the author’s ability to manipulate the reader’s feelings towards a character and turn them right around from their first impressions, in a way that just makes us feel that we have come to […]

October 23

Watch me disappear

Watch me disappear by Janelle Brown. Post by Robyn55.   What would you do if the person you loved went missing, presumed dead? This is the dilemma facing Jonathan and his daughter Olive after their wife and mother, (Billie), disappears while hiking in the Californian wilderness.   Both Jonathan and Olive process the terrible event […]

August 25

Mississippi burning – a novel about the people of the deep South of America

Mississippi Burning by  Greg Iles. Post by Robyne. This book is the third in the series about the life of Natchez mayor Penn Cage and his families involvement with the Klu Klux Klan, and we already know that this will not have a happy ending. The other two novels ”Natchez Burning” and “The Bone Tree” set the scene […]

August 24

Taken at the flood

Taken At The Flood by Agatha Christie. Post by Sandra.   I recently enjoyed reading this mystery novel by Agatha Christie which I found quite compelling. This is a story of a brother and sister who arrive at a little village in England and ensconce themselves in the beautiful country manor house of Rosaleen’s late […]