Big Library Read general graphic August 20

Vote for the next Big Library Read

Big Library Read is the first ever global ebook club connecting readers around the world with the same ebook and eaudiobook at the same time. From 7 October – 21 October 2015, our ebook supplier, Overdrive will make the same book available to everyone and provide some great discussion and author chat opportunities. Now they […]

gardenstair2 August 20

The Tale of Terror: The history of early horror writing

If you are an avid horror reader, and want to mine the early authors in the genre, I highly recommend this book. It was a thesis, so it’s not as lengthy as a modern reference book. Read aloud it is only seven hours long. Much of its content was taken (with attribution) by H.P. Lovecraft […]

sparkler small August 19

Get your Words Out to win

Young Gold Coast writers should get creative on the theme of LIGHT to be in the running to win an iPad.

GZC3 August 18

The Great Zoo of China : not worth finishing?

I tried to like this book. Mr Rilley is one of Australia’s most popular authors, and I have never read any of his work. I was put off, many years ago, by an interview he did for ABC Radio, where they had him describe his work in third person, with a tremendous amount of self-congratulation. […]

Conditions of faith

For the 1920s woman, marriage and motherhood were a fairly natural progression. For Emily Stanton, the heroine of Conditions of faith,  life becomes somewhat complicated when her clear path becomes complicated by pursuing other interests. Emily meets and marries Scottish engineer Georges, who has devoted his adulthood to designing the great bridge that ambitiously aims […]

Die Again – by Tess Gerritsen

Die Again – Bizarre and violent murders with gorgeous African scenery, if this is your genre – then read ahead as I highly recommend Die Again by Tess Gerritsen. It is the 11th book in the series starring detectives Rizzoli and Isles There are two story lines running throughout the book, one in Okavango Delta, […]

Tumbledown Manor by Helen Brown

Tumbledown Manor by Helen Brown Lisa Trumperton’s life is a little out of control.  Her daughter is difficult to handle, she hasn’t written a word for her next novel and her husband, a Wall Street Trader, has left her for a younger woman at work. Leaving behind her sterile New York lifestyle, she makes a quick […]

LV10 August 12

Librivox turns 10: free audiobooks, a decade on

Congratulations to Librivox on 10 years and 9570 books.

theft  of life August 08

Reading journal 4: more history and mystery

Here are six historical mysteries that I read six months ago and have been dreadfully delayed in reviewing.

The cause for that is partly, but not entirely, that I channel my inner grumpy reader in reviewing and only one of the six makes the grade…

index August 07

As reading is a journey

As reading is a journey, often without a known destination, and sometimes involves being where we shouldn’t be or don’t belong.  Here are three of my favourite books about a particular time and place.  They represent a place I lived in, a place I travelled to and a place I hope never to find myself […]


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