chaos February 14

Chaos

Chaos by Patricia Cornwell. Review post by Robyne Patterson. Chaos is the latest in the Kay Scarpetta series which started in 1990 with Postmortem . So if you want to start at the beginning, better get going! There are over twenty books to read – could be a project for the New Year? Cornwell does not write […]

believe-no-one February 13

Believe No One

Believe No One by A. D. Garrett. Post by Robyne Patterson. Margaret Murphy and Professor David Barclay are the writing duo known as A. D. Garrett. They have written three crime novels which rely heavily on forensic detail. Professor Barclay is a forensic expert in real life so I think the forensics are a major […]

index February 09

Rejection Proof : how to beat fear and become invincible by Jia Jiang

Reviewed by Jenni Rejection Proof : how to beat fear and become invincible by Jia Jiang This is the fascinating journey of an under-confident person who decided he needed to work on his ability to cope with rejection. Jiang had a prestigious, high paying job, and was living in the US. He had handled the challenge of […]

index-2 February 08

W is for Wasted by Sue Grafton

Reviewed by Greg W is for Wasted by Sue Grafton The 23rd in the series and full of interesting storylines and characters.  Kinsey is back in full swing! The story centres around two deaths.  The first is a PI known to Kinsey, who is not so scrupulous or nice, but he dies in suspicious circumstances.  […]

index-1 February 07

Everywhere I look by Helen Garner

Reviewed by Bindi Everywhere I look by Helen Garner Everywhere I look is a collection of essays and diary entries by renowned Australian fiction and non-fiction writer, Helen Garner. Garner wisely and deliberately considers all sorts of situations, feelings and moments and helps the reader reflect on being human. It’s a beautifully written bunch of […]

index February 06

The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

Reviewed by Bede The Narrow Road To The Deep North by Richard Flanagan This award winning novel by Richard Flanagan tells the story of Dorrigo Evans, an Australian doctor who suffers through the trauma, guilt and some parts shame from being a World War Two prisoner of war. The novel starts slowly, however the descriptions of […]

book-cover February 03

Our Souls at Night

       Addie Moore and Louis Waters are from the small town of Holt and have known each other for decades. Both have lost their partners and are finding the time after nightfall unbearably lonely. Their solution is seemingly simple – to spend the nights sleeping together and talking in the dark. Tenderly and […]

book-cover February 02

Ken Done: A Life Coloured In

Post by Chrissy. Those that grew up in the 80’s like myself and brought their very first Ken Done doona cover, with the pastel bird print, might understand the excitement that I got reading his biography. I am a self-confessed fan. I loved the vibrant stories of growing up around the beaches of Sydney with […]

13 February 01

Reading diary January 2017

What an awful month… I finished six audiobooks, but the vast majority of them were unsuitable for a general audience, and can’t be recommended. There was one exception: Love Romances of the Aristocracy by Thorton Hall was an entertaining book. Imagine a sort of genteel gossip column, written in the late C19th, that provided the raw material […]

book-cover February 01

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

  Paul Kalanithi had just completed years of training as a neurosurgeon when he was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer at the age of 36. In an instant the future he had imagined with his wife had been wiped out. Confronted with death he decided to write a book about what it means to […]