Tag Archives: Australian books

Bob the Railway Dog by Corinne Fenton Illustrated byAndrew McLean reviewed by Jill Smith

Bob the railway dog is a delightful story I will happily share with my grand-daughters. The history of the growing railway in South Australia, interwoven with the dog’s adventurous spirit, means he did not stay with his original friend Guard Ferry. He was spotted at many important events. Bob was everyone’s friend. Corinne Fenton has […]

Suri’s Wall by Lucy Estela illustrated Matt Ottley reviewed by Jill Smith

Suri was tall for her age. The other children kept away from her. They were afraid of her. She was lonely. Only the wall she walked along was warm to her touch. Then one day, she reached for the wall above her. She realised she was tall enough to see over it. She cried first. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Butterflies by Susanne Gervay reviewed by Jill Smith

http://www.sgervay.com Katherine is nearly eighteen and just wants to be like everyone else. She was severely burnt at age 3 and has undergone many operations to get her to where she is. Will she ever be able to wear her hair up? Should she put her head in a bag as one boy said in […]

Ishmael and the Hoops of Steel by Michael Gerard Bauer reviewed by Jill Smith

What a brilliant conclusion to Ishmael Leseur’s education. It starts with the ultimate let down, Kelly Faulkner saying farewell in an email, and the rest of the year looked like it would spiral down from there. Luckily for Ishmael he had his fab five friends to cheer him up. Razz was still the same madcap […]

Janurary Online ebook club wrap-up – After the Fire, a still small voice

Evie Wyld described After the Fire, a still small voice as a ‘romantic thriller about men not talking’ and this is exactly what it seemed to be. It’s the story of three generations of men. These men’s lives have been negatively affected by war, and this is reflected in the way they have treated those […]

narrow road deep north December 30

Narrow Road to the Deep North

The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan. Post by Kyla from the Local Studies library.   I bought a copy of Richard Flanagan’s recent novel with a small pile of other Australian novels after realising that it had been a very long time since I’d read a local author.   The Narrow […]

Followtherabbit Hi November 27

Follow the Rabbit Proof Fence

Follow the Rabbit Proof Fence by Doris Pilkington is a story which I’m sure most people have already read or seen at the movies, but until now – I hadn’t. An interesting, but sad account of how three girls of mixed race are forcibly taken from their families in northern Western Australia, and transported south […]


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