Category Archives: Historical Fiction

There’ll Be Blue Skies by Ellie Dean

There’ll Be Blue Skies is a delightful read set in war time England with vivid details of that period. The characters are endearing and interesting, there is 16 year old Sally and her younger brother Ernie who has been struck down with Polio from an early age.  With dad being away at war and mum […]

The Other side of paradise

The Other side of paradise by Margaret Mayhew is a light read. Set just prior and during the fall of Singapore, the novel tells the story of well-to-do-privileged Susan Roper and her family. Susan lives in a colonial bubble enjoying pretty clothes, parties, socialising and flirting with young lads and frequent marriage proposals. She meets a young […]

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8 ways to make history come alive

History isn’t about memorising names and dates and events.

Here are 8 tips on how to make history come alive:

Sapphire Skies by Belinda Alexandra

I picked up this book because I misremembered one of the challenges for the 2015 Readers Challenge. I thought I had to read a book with a precious stone in the title; it should have been a book with a chemical element in the title. You can see my mistake! So while this isn’t a […]

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The Miniaturist

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton. Post by Kyla from the Local Studies library.   This book was selected from the library shelves because of its cover.  If you’re someone who loves miniatures, it’s impossible to walk past a book with an antique dollhouse on the cover. Amsterdam of the 1680s is brought to life as Nella […]

Mornings In Jenin by Susan Abulhawa

Mornings in Jenin This powerful story traces the life journey of four generations of a Palestinian family from the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948 until the early 1980s. In doing so, it covers a great many remarkable and confronting events. The book begins just prior to the Nakba of 1948 when a […]

Lonesome Dove – Larry McMurtry. My magnificent obsession.

  It doesn’t happen often, but when I read a book I really love, it gets under my skin and infects my soul and I live it, breathe it, and preach it until I get it out of my system, or all of my friends and family start avoiding me. It hasn’t happened for a […]

Lonesome Dove (2) – Larry McMurtry

    Lonesome Dove – Larry McMurtry (Pan Books 1986)  Review submitted by Des.   Gus and Call are retired Texas Rangers whiling away their days in the fly speck on the map known as Lonesome Dove. Gus’s time is spent talking – he loves the sound of his own voice, drinking whiskey and visiting […]

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Winter of the World

Winter of the World by Ken Follett. Post by Robyn55. I should title this review “How could I not have known!” Ken Follett had been mentioned to me as someone who wrote good books but for some reason I paid no attention – until this Christmas… Looking for a hefty read to allow me to mainly ignore the […]

One Hundred Years of Solitude

One Hundred Years of Solitude  Gabriel García Márquez This is the multi-generational story of the Buendía family who live in the town of Macondo, Colombia, South America. Considered to be the author’s masterpiece, it has been translated into thirty-seven languages and has sold more than 30 million copies.  Through the story of the Buendías the author […]


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