Tag Archives: Australian books

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 […]

The Golden Day by Ursula Dubosarsky Reviewed by Jill Smith

I just finished this book, which I read quickly because I soon got lost in the plight of the girls and shared their fear. The teacher Miss Renshaw ruled her small class of 11 girls with an iron fist. She was a little whacky and definitely a dreamer. The girls knew that they dare not […]

Mullumbimby

Mullumbimby – a town I have visited on and off for the past 30 years or so and where I have called home for the past year. It is fitting that for my last book review with Book Coasters the story is situated in the Northern Rivers region where I spent my childhood; home to […]

Australian books March 01

Twenty great Australian books – solved!

We hope you enjoyed working out the clues in our Australian stories hidden book title puzzle. Here’s that image again… And here are the 20 titles: The Boatby Nam Le My Brilliant Careerby Miles Franklin 48 Shades of Brownby Nick Earls Cloudstreetby Tim Winton Dot and the Kangaroo by Ethel Pedley The Well Dressed Explorer […]

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