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Podcasters with books

I’ve been deep diving on podcasts recently, so that means I have less to say about books than is usual at my turn.  That being said, many of my favorite podcasters have books in our collection. Let’s work through some of my favorite podcasts with tie-in books, and please add yours in the comments. Dear […]

July 12

My cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier

I’m not sure why, but lately I seem to have developed a passion for all things written about, or filmed in, Cornwall. Much to my great joy the new series of “Poldark” has started airing on the ABC, and now My Cousin Rachel , also set in Cornwall, has just been released in cinemas in Australia. […]

July 12

Elsie and Ethelred (Series)

The Ethelred Tressider and Elsie Thirkettle series, by L. C. Tyler We first meet Ethelred Tressider and Elsie Thirkettle in “The Herring Seller’s Apprentice”. Ethelred is a second rate (third rate?) crime writer and Elsie is his literary agent. Ethelred is mild-mannered, easily taken in by a credible story, and apparently putty in the hands […]

Dregs by Jørn Lier Horst

It’s definitely time to celebrate with the emergence of another elite Nordic crime writer with a powerful and authentic protagonist. Police Inspector William Wisting is head of crime investigations in Larvik, Norway. His latest case has the reader immersed in the randomness of clues from the start as severed feet start washing up on beaches […]

July 10

Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf

Just a small book of 179 pages but just delightful. It was quite nice to have a small book to enjoy, an afternoon’s read. Two lonely people in their 70’s have an amiable relationship but family and friends intercede to test the relationship and cause anguish. Addie Moore and Louis Waters have been neighbours for years. They […]

July 10

The Mountain Story by Lori Larsens

  The Mountain Story by Lori Larsens This moving story is told in flashback, as a father recounts to his son an extraordinary tale of survival by four people stranded on a mountain. Over their 5 day ordeal an indelible bond forms between the four as each in turn relates the reasons for their ill-fated […]

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead This harrowing, imaginative novel of a part of America’s darker history is both powerful and exhilarating. We follow Cora, a young slave in Georgia, pre-Civil War. Life is full of despair and hopelessness until Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia encourages her to flee with him along the Underground […]

July 06

The power of patience : how this old-fashioned virtue can improve your life by M. J. Ryan

The power of patience by M. J. Ryan Patience, that old fashioned virtue that evokes memories of front rooms used only on special occasions, of being quiet and invisible in the presence of adults, a time when noise meant work was taking place or the sound of nature was all there was. A word used […]

July 05

The Little Breton Bistro by Nina George

The Little Breton Bistro is a story about Marianne, a housewife who wants to escape her loveless marriage. During a trip to Paris, Marianne decides to take her own life only to be saved by a homeless man. Marianne decides to leave her life behind and sets out for the coast of Brittany. I thoroughly […]

June 30

Bird box

Bird Box by Josh Malerman.  This is one creepy book. A certain something causes madness, homicidal and suicidal rages in those who see it. Starting with a few isolated cases in Russia before spreading across the globe this post-apocalyptic novel exudes almost unbearable tension. The only way to survive is to effectively ‘blind’ oneself: board […]