Tag Archives: Australian author

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 […]

The Torch by Peter Twohig

This is the sequel to Twohig’s The Cartographer, which I enjoyed but wasn’t convinced, The Torch however I loved. Set in the early 1960’s in a fictional Richmond, Melbourne  – my home town and I do like to read novel set in places I have lived and/or loved. The story is narrated by a 12 […]

That’s why I WROTE THIS Song by Susanne Gervay reviewed by Jill Smith

This is a great book. Susanne wrote this book with massive input from her daughter Tory who wrote the songs. The cover is such a fresh faced girl with the band silhouette at the bottom, I loved this image as it encapsulates the story so well. It’s very thought provoking. How do families cope with […]

Crashing down by Kate McCaffrey reviewed by Jill Smith

Lucy is in year 12 and getting ready for her final exams. Party time, she is waiting for her boyfriend Carl to pick her up. Everything in her life is going well. She is certain she’ll get the grades she wants so she can go to Uni. Carl is a bit smothering and she thinks […]

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