January 16

An isolated incident by Emily Maguire

The small town of Strathdee is thrown into shock following the brutal murder of a local girl. As the town rallies to support her grief stricken sister and deal with the frenzied media interest, tensions build and suspicions surface in the most surprising places. This novel explores a community’s grief, a sister’s despair and need […]

January 15

Before we were yours – Lisa Wingate

Before we were yours – Lisa Wingate This beautifully written novel by Lisa Wingate is based on a notorious true life scandal of a black market adoption operation operating out of the Tennessee Children’s Home in the 1930’s. It is a thought provoking and complex tale of two families two generations apart. The story begins […]

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 15

A casualty of war by Charles Todd

It’s 1918 and rumours are rife that the war in France is coming to an end.  Yet there is no stop to the incessant bombing and endless dead and wounded. Nurse Bess Crawford is on secondment to a forward triage unit when she meets a vivacious and charming captain from the Caribbean. The next time […]

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 […]

January 10

Crap CVs by Jenny Crompton

Crap CVs by Jenny Crompton Fun and a light read with plenty of unbelievable things people may have written as part of their CV’s in order to gain employment. Funny, informative (what not to include in a resume) and an easy read as each bit just makes you read on…  

January 09

Danger Music by Eddie Ayres

Danger Music by Eddie Ayres Danger Music is a really thoughtful semi-biographical book written by former ABC Classic FM presenter Emma Ayres, now Eddie Ayres. On the tail of severe depression, the then, Emma Ayres successfully applied for work at Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM). The book focuses on the children attending ANIM and […]

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 […]