Tag Archives: Australian author

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 […]

Away With The Fairies: a Phryne Fisher Mystery

Away with the Fairies is an easy to read murder mystery set in Melbourne during the 1920’s. The main character is private detective, Miss Phryne Fisher. I love Phryne because she has spunk and doesn’t always behave the way that a lady should during the 1920’s. The colourful, intelligent, sassy, high-spirited, wealthy and stylish Miss Phryne Fisher is never dull! […]

A Story of Seven Summers: Life in the Nun’s House by Hilary Burden

As soon as I read that this book was set in Tasmania around Pipers River, Karoola and Lilydale I had to read it, as this is where I grew up and spent the first few years of married life.  Hilary also grew up on this picturesque isle and was drawn back to its slower pace […]

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 […]


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