Category Archives: Distractions

Everything except reading. Miscellaneous and off-topic posts.

The Revenant

Based on the true life experience of Hugh Glass, an American Fur Trapper and Frontiersmen during the first third of the 19th century; The Revenant is tells of a bear attack that Glass survived earning him the title of Revenant (a person who has returned, particularly from the dead) and how an injured Glass, after being […]

A Man Called Ove

Now here is a character who is irresistible, unintentionally very funny and ultimately a big-hearted softy, but on first acquaintance Ove seems to be the grumpiest man you will ever meet. “I really don’t think he’s an odd person. He just has his principles. Everyone does; it’s just a matter of different principles. The thing […]

Bob the Railway Dog by Corinne Fenton Illustrated byAndrew McLean reviewed by Jill Smith

Bob the railway dog is a delightful story I will happily share with my grand-daughters. The history of the growing railway in South Australia, interwoven with the dog’s adventurous spirit, means he did not stay with his original friend Guard Ferry. He was spotted at many important events. Bob was everyone’s friend. Corinne Fenton has […]

Suri’s Wall by Lucy Estela illustrated Matt Ottley reviewed by Jill Smith

Suri was tall for her age. The other children kept away from her. They were afraid of her. She was lonely. Only the wall she walked along was warm to her touch. Then one day, she reached for the wall above her. She realised she was tall enough to see over it. She cried first. […]

15 Book Challenge – author I have met

I am going up to Brisbane Tuesday night to see Graeme  Base in Conversation. Graeme Base’s books have fascinated me since Animalia, though I did have to cheat and look at the back to find out who ate the cake in The Eleventh Hour. Simultaneously The Waterhole made me cry and think and Truck Dogs […]


BLOODLINE – Alan Gold & Mike Jones Book 1 of the Heritage Trilogy “Bloodline” is an historical fiction of modern Jerusalem in 2007 and tracing parallel stories from 942 BCE to 126 CE. A Palestinian youth (Bilal) is shot during an unsuccessful terrorist attack and is saved by the skill of a young Jewish doctor […]


It is the last novel of Award winning author Kent Haruf who died in November, 2014 at the age of seventy-one and what a magnificent work he has left as his legacy. An elderly widow approaches her widowed neighbour with a proposition i.e., to spend the nights together in her bed for company. The man […]

Great Scott September 25

“Sports Almanacs! Where We’re Going, We Don’t Need Sports Almanacs!” What to do if You See Marty McFly on October 21 2015

In under a month’s time on October 21 according to footage found amongst the mangled wreckage of a Delorean, after a train ploughed into it when for some reason it was parked on train tracks back in 1985, it is likely that a young man named Marty McFly will appear in one our branches looking […]

Obernewtyn by Isobelle Carmody reviewed by Jill Smith

Elspeth Gordie lived in fear. She did not make friends, and kept to herself. The Herders ruled the land. An orphan, sent to gather white stick, a poison from the Great White left by the Beforetimers. Once cleansed, the white stick, became sleeping potions, or potent medicines, prepared by the Herders. Her brother Jess had once been close […]

All the light we cannot see

Anthony Doerr has written this brilliant book which is the 2015 Pulitzer Prize Winner and is one of the best novels I have read. This book is set in Hitler’s World War II Germany and France, and describes the life of a young blind Parisian girl and an orphaned German boy.  This could be depressing but really […]


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