Category Archives: Historical Fiction

longbourne April 28

Longbourn by Jo Baker

Longbourn is the story of  Pride and Prejudice from the perspective of the Bennet’s servants. While Elizabeth runs carefree through a muddy field, it is the servant, Sara, who has to wash her petticoats and remove the stains. When the girls are invited to parties it is the mysterious footman, James who takes them there and waits […]

The Coral Island by R.M. Ballantyne

Written by Scottish author R.M. Ballantyne in 1858, The Coral Island is a classic adventure story which has stood the test of time. In view of the fact that it was written in the 19th century, the story for me is very entertaining. The language is certainly more formal and in keeping with its day, […]

Desert God by Wilbur Smith

This epic novel comes at the end of the Ancient Egyptian series and reviews suggest that the prior books – in particular River God – are very good indeed. This one however was a struggle for me to finish and my feeling is that perhaps the author would have been better to leave the subject […]

Thea Astley – The Multiple effects of Rainshadow

Wow, this is one of those books that when you finish it you just sit there for a bit, staring at the book and trying to compose your thoughts. It is beautifully written but boy is it bleak. The Multiple Effects of Rainshadow is based on true events on Palm Island in Northern Queensland in […]

chook January 09

What the Dickens? It’s 2016?

Confound and dagnabbit! What happened to last year? For that matter, what happened to last week? I’m not even reporting on the new year in a timely fashion. I’ve just been tidying up the old blog dashboard and I found some drafts for reading journal posts from last August, It’s nice to know that I […]

Nine Days January 07

Nine Days by Toni Jordan

Nine Days is an easy but intriguing read. It follows nine people on nine significant days in their lives. It spans generations but ultimately revolves around one family and a photo that was taken during WWII in Melbourne. Each chapter is told from the perspective of a different character. At first I found this frustrating […]

ink & bone December 18

Ink and Bone

Ink and Bone: Volume One of the Great Library by Rachel Caine. Post by Kyla. As a librarian wandering the shelves in my local book store, it wasn’t remotely surprising that Ink and Bone: Volume One of the Great Library caught my attention. When I saw that the back cover included the magic phrases, to […]

book thief December 17

The Book Thief

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak Post by Jenni. Wow! I have enjoyed Markus Zusak before as a YA writer of light but significant reads, but this book is absolutely wonderful. The pinnacle of his career so far, this beautiful page turner is filled with the love of humanity whilst it tells the story of […]

cousin rachel October 09

My Cousin Rachel

My Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier. Post by Jenni. Deliciously suspenseful and ambiguous, this is a fabulous exercise in uncertainty, employing the unreliable narrator as a tool for our doubts. Philip is a limited, misogynistic, sheltered young man of 24 who has lived with his confirmed bachelor uncle, Ambrose, all through the life he remembers, […]

The Truth according to us August 21

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Queen knows the Truth According to Us

Annie Barrows, co-author of the international best-selling The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, will be visiting Gold Coast Libraries next week. Annie will be talking about her new book, The Truth According to Us on Tuesday 25 August. Set in 1938, in West Virginia, and peopled with exquisitely drawn characters, this novel is […]


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