light December 21

The Light Between Oceans

The plan was conceived by despair, and birthed in remote isolation and anonymity. The lighthouse keeper and his wife live a Spartan life. Their wants and needs are relatively simple. That is until a small boat washes up on the remote Janus Island’s treacherous rocks. The occupants of the small vessel are a young baby, and […]

Roma

Roma: from prison to paradise as told by Rachel Syers and Karin Cox tells the life story of Gold Coaster Roma Blair. It would be easy to typecast the  iconic Roma Blair if you only knew of her ladies lunches, exorbitant birthday bashes, appearances at fashion events, prestigious gathers and in The Gold Coast Bulletin […]

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 […]

cw-natural-way-of-things December 15

Literary award winners of the year

As 2016 comes to a close, here’s a round-up of some of this year’s literary prize winners. Which have you read? (and did you agree with the judges?!):      Australian Miles Franklin Literary Award – A.S. Patrić Black Rock White City Stella Prize – Charlotte Wood The Natural Way of Things (also won Indie Book Awards) Prime Minister’s Literary Awards […]

The Rook

My two favourite reads of 2016 were science fiction. This is surprised me. It is not a genre I usually pick up to read, but maybe I should. The first was The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North which I reviewed earlier. The second was The Rook by Daniel O’Malley. The Rook starts […]

between wolf and dog December 08

Between a Wolf and a Dog

Between a Wolf and a Dog by Georgia Blain. Post by Robne55. In the world of books today it often seems that authors are continually trying to outdo each other. Bigger stories, better plot-lines, more complicated characters – think Stephen King, or James Patterson. All extraordinary things happening to ordinary people. What would happen if […]

closed-casket December 07

Closed Casket

Closed Casket by Sophie Hannah and Agatha Christie. Post by Robyne55. Of course this book is not written by Sophie Hannah and Agatha Christie because Agatha Christie died a long time ago. However, it appears Sophie Hannah has Ms. Christie’s divine guidance in the writing of this Hercule Poirot mystery. It has become fashionable to […]

Thursdays children December 06

Thursday’s Children

Thursday’s Children by Nikki French. Post by Sandra Taylor. A  psychological thriller which is quite compelling to read. A crime is perpetrated many years previously on a teenage girl and later the same crime is committed in a similar set of circumstances on another young girl. This book deals with the anxiety, the loss 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 […]

ITV STUDIOS PRESENTS
HOME FIRES SERIES 2


Pictured: FRANCESCA ANNIS as Joyce, CLARE CALBRAITH as Steph,RUTH GEMMELL as Sarah,FENELLA WOOLGAR as Alison, CLAIRE PRICE as Miriam, LEANNE BEST as Teresa.SAMANTHA BOND as Frances,FRANCES GREY as Erica and CLAIRE RUSBROOK as Pat.

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Home Fires continues

The Women’s Institute shenanigans, wartime feminism, charming village life and emotive family dynamics continue in season 2 of this fine wartime drama series. Home fires season 2 further emphasises how life went on at home for the women while the menfolk were away fighting at war. The show delves deeper into the characters lives in this next season and […]