Tag Archives: Australian author

where trees were July 12

Where the Trees Were by Inga Simpson

Reviewed by Susan I would describe this book as a ‘love song to the landscape’,  as it so evocatively describes the characters’ relationships with it, as if the landscape itself has a personality. Written alternately from the perspective of Jay as a teenager and then as a young woman, the novel traverses the country of Western […]

Vale Gillian Mears (1964-2016)

From the ABC: “The literary world is mourning the death of award-winning Australian author Gillian Mears, who has died aged 51. Mears died on her family’s property near Grafton, in northern New South Wales, earlier in the week. She had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) 17 years ago. Her works Ride a Cock Horse and […]

Silent predator

by Tony Park Last year I had the pleasure of attending a talk by Australian author Tony Park at my local library. Tony spoke about why he is so passionate about living in South Africa and his inspirations for writing stories set there. I was captivated and decided to read one of his books. I chose Silent Predator. I was […]

Thea Astley – The Multiple effects of Rainshadow

Wow, this is one of those books that when you finish it you just sit there for a bit, staring at the book and trying to compose your thoughts. It is beautifully written but boy is it bleak. The Multiple Effects of Rainshadow is based on true events on Palm Island in Northern Queensland in […]

Nine Days January 07

Nine Days by Toni Jordan

Nine Days is an easy but intriguing read. It follows nine people on nine significant days in their lives. It spans generations but ultimately revolves around one family and a photo that was taken during WWII in Melbourne. Each chapter is told from the perspective of a different character. At first I found this frustrating […]

reluctantly charmed December 19

Reluctantly Charmed

Reluctantly Charmed by Ellie O’Neill. Post by Kyla. When Kate McDaid has her birthday she finds she’s the beneficiary of a will that is over 100 years old.  To claim the inheritance she needs to follow a series of instructions which she hopes will go unnoticed by others. Quite the opposite occurs and Kate’s increasingly […]

small free kiss December 15

A Small Free Kiss in the Dark

A Small Free Kiss in the Dark by Glenda Millard. Post by Jenni. The best books take readers into the ordinary places and routines in the lives of ostensibly unexceptional characters, and transform their interactions into things of beauty and rarity. In many such novels, as this one, the writing style is unostentatious, not particularly […]

Obernewtyn by Isobelle Carmody reviewed by Jill Smith

Elspeth Gordie lived in fear. She did not make friends, and kept to herself. The Herders ruled the land. An orphan, sent to gather white stick, a poison from the Great White left by the Beforetimers. Once cleansed, the white stick, became sleeping potions, or potent medicines, prepared by the Herders. Her brother Jess had once been close […]

Pig the Pug by Aaron Blabey

Pig the Pug was shortlisted for the 2015 Children’s Book Week Early Childhood Award.  I loved the front cover with the comical illustration of a poppy-eyed pug.  What is it about these cute-ugly little dogs that is so appealing?  If you have ever been owned by a pug then this story and its wonderful pictures […]

Book Review Dust by Christine Bongers reviewed by Jill Smith

This is a brilliant story with many layers. It begins with a mother driving her two children, in a rushed trip to attend a funeral, from Brisbane to a remote outback community in the heart of outback Queensland. The back cover blurb starts with this: Twelve year old Celia Maria was named after saints and […]

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