Category Archives: Distractions

Everything except reading. Miscellaneous and off-topic posts.

January 15

Talking to my daughter about the Economy – Yanis Varoufakis

Talking to my daughter about the Economy – Yanis Varoufakis This book is the equivalent of eating your greens – you may not want to but it will do you good in the long run.  Yanis uses examples from the movie The Matrix and from Frankenstein to make the economy interesting and because “the economy […]

January 14

Outback Cop – Neale McShane with Evan McHugh

Outback Cop – Neale McShane with Evan McHugh One of my top 3 picks for 2017. True story of the sole cop who for 10 years patrolled an area the size of England in Outback Queensland. The style of writing is along the lines of two mates having a yarn on the back veranda, so […]

January 10

The Golden House by Salman Rushdie

This is a novel in which the core aspects relate to the life of an émigré father and his three sons who arrive in Manhattan with considerable wealth after leaving a country under dubious circumstances. They each live a life portraying the culture and life of Ancient Rome. The novel is narrated by a film […]

Heaven Tempers the Wind by Hazel Barker reviewed by Jill Smith

Book Review by Jill Smith©Oct16 Title: Heaven Tempers the Wind – Story of a War Child Author: Hazel Barker Publisher: Armour Books This is a memoir of a lovely lady I know through the Writers club. Hazel is a gentle soul with eyes that view the world in a positive light. This story is a […]

Kate’s Choice by Laura O’Connell reviewed by Jill Smith

  Kate Mitchell is an army wife. Where Dusty goes she follows. She married him hoping for an adventurous life. When he deployed in Afghanistan she believed he would return to her whole. He was a professional soldier. She is lonely and only wants her man home with her. Kate is a painter and her creative side always […]

JO-KIN VS LORD TERRA Super Space Kids 2 by Karen Tyrrell reviewed by Jill Smith

Josh Atkins is happy at school. He is making friends and feeling good about himself. When he gets a message to rejoin the Super Space Kids team again he tries to ignore it. When Captain Nova turns up at school and tells him that he has to help save his younger sister Pandora. He will collect […]

January 08

This is going to hurt : secret diaries of a junior doctor – Adam Kay

This is going to hurt – Adam Kay This book is laugh out loud funny and one of my top picks.  It was voted best non fiction of 2017 by Guardian newspaper readers. Adam Kay shares the hilarious diaries of his time as a junior doctor and later obstetrician in the NHS in England.  Adam […]

January 05

Someone else’s child

Someone else’s child by Helen Klein Ross is a thought-provoking and emotionally charged novel.  Lucy Wakefield is a good woman, with good values and good intentions but one day, apparently with quite innocent intention, Lucy did something so spontaneous that is was shocking. Her act was heartbreakingly wrong and yet I am sure that the reader will empathise […]

January 03

Riding the Black Cockatoo by John Danalis

Riding the Black Cockatoo by John Danalis Riding the Black Cockatoo, written by Queenslander John Danalis, is an inspiring true story of one man’s reconciliation with and rethinking of preconceptions about Black Australia. During John’s childhood, his parents displayed a lacquered and gold-dyed Aborigine skull on their mantelpiece; questionably-affectionately known as Mary. The non-fiction book […]

December 20

The Painted Queen by Elizabeth Peters and Joan Hess

Posted by Neen The Painted Queen by Elizabeth Peters and Joan Hess  When a strange man bursts into her elegant Cairo hotel suite and dies on the floor from injuries sustained while attempting to assassinate her, intrepid archaeologist Amelia Peabody and her irascible husband Emerson become reluctantly involved in the discovery of the tomb of Nefertiti […]