Tag Archives: Australian author

Harry Helps Grandpa Remember By Karen Tyrrell reviewed by Jill Smith

Book Review By Jill Smith©Jun15 Title: Harry Helps Grandpa Remember Author: Karen Tyrrell     Illustrator: Aaron Pocock  Harry Hope lives on a farm. His grandparents live nearby and Harry just loves it when Grandpa plays hide and seek with him. He starts to notice Grandpa getting slower, then one day, Grandpa doesn’t want to play with […]

The Snow Kimono by Mark Henshaw

The Snow Kimono by Mark Henshaw Retired Police Inspector Auguste Jovert and the former Professor of Law, Tadashi Omura meet in Paris and exchange tales about their lives. Omura’s former friend, Katsuo Ikeda, is also a central character and is exposed as a  brilliant and selfish writer.    The Snow Kimono is also a tale about […]

Sapphire Skies by Belinda Alexandra

I picked up this book because I misremembered one of the challenges for the 2015 Readers Challenge. I thought I had to read a book with a precious stone in the title; it should have been a book with a chemical element in the title. You can see my mistake! So while this isn’t a […]

The Last ANZAC by Gordon Winch, illustrated by Harriet Bailey reviewed by Jill Smith

My Grand-daughter picked it out of literally hundreds of books on offer at her school library for Book Week on Grandparents day. This is a beautiful picture book with illustrations that show the story simply, while the words in big print make it easy to follow. James and his Dad are visiting Alec Campbell in […]

Writers Block Workshop, Robina Library, 9th March 2015 notes part one

These are the first part of the notes I jotted down at the workshop, more to be posted shortly- Writers Block Workshop, Robina Library, 9th March 2015 Louise the librarian and organiser of the event introduced the first speaker. Dave Burton Brisbane based play writer, with a soon to be released memoir. www.daveburton.com.au Yes, he had […]

The Happiest Refugee April 30

April Online ebook club wrap-up – The Happiest Refugee

This month we read Anh Do’s The Happiest Refugee. I’m a big fan of Anh Do’s comedy and I’d heard great things about this book so I was looking forward to reading it.

Ishmael and the Return of the Dugongs by Michael Gerard Bauer reviewed by Jill Smith

This is the middle book of the Ishmael series. Typical teenage boys obsessed with getting the girls of their dreams, really over simplifies this brilliant book. Again Ishmael is besotted with Kelly Faulkner whom he is certain thinks he’s a total scum bag when his Ishmael Leseur’s syndrome has caused him it’s usual amount of […]

April online ebook club – The Happiest Refugee by Anh Do

This month we’re reading The Happiest Refugee, Comedian Anh Do’s very memoir about growing up in Australia as a refugee from Vietnam. Anh Do and his family fled war-torn Vietnam on an overcrowded boat when he was 2 years old. On arrival in Australia the family worked hard to make ends meet while adjusting to their new life. When Anh was 13, his father left his mother and this loss was felt deeply. Despite this the family maintained their sense of humour and Anh went onto graduate university with a law degree and become one of Australia’s most popular Comedians.

Grace’s table

 To commemorate becoming a septuagenarian Grace’s table bustles with the presence of twelve guests. As family and close friends share a birthday meal to celebrate Grace’s grand milestone, memories and recollections occupy Grace’s thoughts and a disturbing undercurrent of simmering angst begins to boil to the surface amongst the family. Her son is there with […]

White Gardenia

Our book club thoroughly enjoyed  White Gardenia by Belinda Alexandra. When we first meet the heroine of the novel, Anya, she is a 13 year old  living with her mother Alina Kozlova in Harbin, a haven for White Russian families since the Russian communist revolution. Their life together is shattered during the final days of […]

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