Category Archives: Biography and Travel

April 24

The Ecclesiastical History of England by the Venerable Bede

This book has a niche audience. I enjoyed it, and found the following features appealing: it describes the early history of the English. I’m into Arthuriana, so the period is one to which I’m drawn. It is written with an interesting archaic cadence, which works well in audiobook.  I listened to the free Librivox English edition […]

April 19

A street cat named Bob

A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen. A Street Cat Named Bob is the first in a charming series of books about a busker who adopted a stray marmalade moggy from the streets of London. James Bowen came home one evening to find an injured cat lying at the bottom of the stairs to […]

April 15

Georgiana Molloy: the mind that shines by Bernice Barry

Reviewed by Lyn Reilly Georgiana Molloy: the mind that shines by Bernice Barry Georgiana Molloy: the mind that shines (a biography of one of Australia’s first female botanical collectors) by Bernice Barry, 2016 Pan Macmillan Australia The subtitle is taken from a song of Robert Burns ‘the mind that shines in ev’ry grace’ Georgiana was […]

April 03

In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom By Yeonmi Park

Post by Denise. Yeonmi Park is a 23 year old woman who is a North Korean defector and human rights activist. In 2007 Yeonmi and her mother made the dangerous journey across the Yalu River into China – guided by human smugglers.  China did not, and does not acknowledge North Koreans as refugees, and on […]

McAllister

McAllister – 234 square miles of beef grazing land in the Gulf of Carpentaria, 90kms south-west of Normanton, 415kms from Mt Isa. McAllister – a rugged outback Aussie landscape which is defined by thousands of heads of livestock, drought, cyclones and endless hard work and challenges. McAllister – home to Jenny & Rick Old and […]

March 22

Which New Zealand Authors Have Positively Impacted Your Reading Life?

When I read that Murray Ball had passed away about ten days ago, I remembered how much I was into his Footrot Flats comics when I was a kid. In fact I remember when I spent a week in hospital when I was in grade six, my parents and everyone buying me all those little […]

March 10

Road Series by Hugo Race

I am not usually a reader of biographies, especially of the rock & roll variety but I heard this author interviewed on a radio program & I really wanted to read this book. I am so glad I did. Road Series by Hugo Race is the raw, restless, edgy, impulsive and sometimes confronting biographical account […]

February 09

Rejection Proof : how to beat fear and become invincible by Jia Jiang

Reviewed by Jenni Rejection Proof : how to beat fear and become invincible by Jia Jiang This is the fascinating journey of an under-confident person who decided he needed to work on his ability to cope with rejection. Jiang had a prestigious, high paying job, and was living in the US. He had handled the challenge of […]

February 01

Reading diary January 2017

What an awful month… I finished six audiobooks, but the vast majority of them were unsuitable for a general audience, and can’t be recommended. There was one exception: Love Romances of the Aristocracy by Thorton Hall was an entertaining book. Imagine a sort of genteel gossip column, written in the late C19th, that provided the raw material […]

February 01

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

  Paul Kalanithi had just completed years of training as a neurosurgeon when he was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer at the age of 36. In an instant the future he had imagined with his wife had been wiped out. Confronted with death he decided to write a book about what it means to […]