Category Archives: Historical Fiction

christmas-bells February 16

When Christmas Bells Ring

When Christmas Bells Ring by Katie Flynn Post by Sandra When Christmas Bells Ring is a story set in Liverpool during the war years and tells the story of Rosheen, who at age 15 has twins.  It is also about  her life living with her mother, and the childhood years of the twins as they grow […]

lake-house February 15

The Lake House

The Lake House by Kate Morton Post by Sandra This is a magnificent story set in Cornwall at a beautiful country  estate in earlier times of the twentieth century and also the modern day of 2003. It also involves a wonderful sweep of history, including the first world war and also the later years after the […]

index February 06

The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

Reviewed by Bede The Narrow Road To The Deep North by Richard Flanagan This award winning novel by Richard Flanagan tells the story of Dorrigo Evans, an Australian doctor who suffers through the trauma, guilt and some parts shame from being a World War Two prisoner of war. The novel starts slowly, however the descriptions of […]

mothering-sunday January 17

Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift.

Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift. This new offering from Booker Award winner  Graham Swift was very well received by the Elanora Library First Thursday Bookclub members this month. The novel is set on mothering Sunday  in 1924 in rural England and narrated by twenty-two year old Jane Fairchild who was  orphaned at birth and “in service” […]

sandalwood December 23

The Sandalwood Tree

The Sandalwood tree by Elle Newmark tells dual tales of Evie & Martin and Felicity & Adela. Set in 1947, Americans Evie and Martin Mitchell and their five year old son are living in an Indian village whilst historian Martin documents a country on the verge of partition. Rewind ninety three years to 1854 when […]

12 December 16

Reading Diary: to the end of 2016

Well, I’ve been gone for months apparently… I’ve been experimenting with podcasting a lot, and so I’ve been listening to a lot more podcasts and reading far less, but to round out the year, I’ve finished some wonderful books. A few were reviewed on their own, and for those I’ll just link across. Autobiography of […]

The Shadow Queen

The Shadow Queen by Sandra Gulland. Post by Sandra Taylor.   This wonderful novel by celebrated author Sandra Gulland of The Josephine Trilogy tells the complex tale of the early years of the life of Claude des Oeillets.  This is a great novel which I enjoyed reading. Claude des Oeillets was a personal assistant to […]

index November 28

The Soldier’s Curse by Meg and Tom Keneally

Posted by Neen The Soldier’s Curse by Meg and Tom Keneally The Soldier’s Curse is the first installment in a new series by iconic Australian author Thomas Keneally, writing in collaboration with his daughter Meg. It introduces a fascinating investigator in Hugh Monsarrat, and is also a beautifully written exploration of colonial-era Australia, and the conflicts between not only the convicts […]

Sundays, October 4 – November 8, 2015 at the special time of 8pm ET onMASTERPIECE on PBS

Episode OneSunday, October 4, 2015 at 8pm ETWith World War II imminent, the local Women’s Institute dissolves after Joyce resigns aspresident. Frances tries to revive the group with a jam-making project.

Shown: Samantha Bond as Frances Barden and Francesca Annis as Joyce Cameron


This image may be used only in the direct promotion of MASTERPIECE. No other rights are granted. All rights are reserved. Editorial use only. November 18

Women as World War 2 draws near

Home Fires is an excellent, beautifully written six episode drama series that follows a group of admirable women as the threat of the second world war looms. The thought of war and each woman’s different feelings really draws you in as a viewer. The overall determination from the women not to be cowed by what war will mean to their lives is […]

seinfeldia-008 November 16

Seinfeldia – a book about nothing

If you’re a fan of the greatest show ever to air on television, you should definitely check out Seinfeldia: How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything by Jennifer Armstrong. Granted you might know a fair bit of the information already on these pages, if you’ve watched the Seinfeld DVDs with commentary going, or watched the extras also […]