Category Archives: Biography and Travel

November 13

Hillbilly elegy: a memoir of a family and culture in crisis by V. D. Vance

  I chose this book for several reasons.  I am still trying to wrap my head around how Trump’s America sprang up. I only know the use of Hillbilly as a derogatory term for the people of the Appalachian Mountains. I am always interested in a story of people overcoming the odds to make a […]

November 09

To a mountain in Tibet by Colin Thubron

‘To a Mountain in Tibet’ by Colin Thubron takes you on a magical journey across the Himalayan ranges towards the world’s most sacred Mountain. This pilgrimage begins in Nepal winding its way through the majestic Himalayas connecting the reader to the inhabitants and beauty of the region ending at the spectacular lakes of Mount Kailas. […]

November 02

One Italian summer

One Italian Summer: across the world and back in search of the good life by Pip Williams is the memoir of an Australian couple with two kids who live in the Adelaide Hills on property that they dream of farming and turning into an organic oasis. They are inspired by TV shows such as River […]

October 30

Inconceivable

Inconceivable is the memoir of a brief but tragic period of time in Carolyn and Sean Savage’s life. In February 2009, an unforgivable accident occurred and a fertility doctor transferred another woman’s embryos into Carolyn’s womb. The outcome of which was a positive pregnancy test and a healthy foetus. Carolyn found herself in a terrible moral predicament, […]

August 21

The Geography of Bliss

The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner.  Post by Rebecca. What does it take to make a person happy? What does it take to make a whole country happy? Subtitled “One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World”, this book takes us around the world on a journey to find out where the happiest […]

Ghost Empire

GHOST EMPIRE  – Richard Fidler There were moments when I thought I would not finish this book, as it rambles across timelines, locations and people. I did finish it though and was in the end glad I did. Like most, I was aware that ‘”Istanbul was once Constantinople”, but not a whole lot more. This […]

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 […]