Tag Archives: Australian Women Writers Challenge

December online ebook club – True crime

Ok so we could have chosen a light-hearted summer holiday read for our December online ebook club, but they’re overrated don’t you think? This month, we thought we’d try true crime. True crime is very dark, at times horrifying and yet a fascination to many readers. Are you a true crime reader? Why or why […]

November Online ebook club – Like a House on Fire by Cate Kennedy

At the beginning of this month I admitted that I do not usually like short stories. Cate Kennedy’s Like a House on Fire was an exception. Like a House on Fire revolves around issues of loss whether it’s loss of a family member, loss of your old life, loss of your health or loss of […]

Finishing the Australian Women Writers Reading Challenge 2012

I decided to embrace the challenge wholeheartedly, and choose the option of reading ten books and giving a lengthy review of four. As I have some free time, I reviewed rather more. A list of links is below. The books I tried to finish were: A river not yet tamed, by Nancy Cato. (Lengthy review) Cocaine blues, by […]

Our 2013 Reading Challenge

In 2012 we tried a basic “52 books in 52 weeks” challenge and it went well, so we wanted to have another for 2013. We couldn’t come up with a more awesome idea than the people over at the Australian Women Writer’s Challenge have already had. So, our challenge this year is: join their challenge. […]

Aussie Voices: Australian Legendary Tales: Folk-Lore of the Noongahburrahs As Told To The Piccaninnies

This fortnight on Aussie Voices, we have a strange document, with layered significance, by a female writer who lived in north-western New South Wales. Two tales of her childhood, unprovable as all such things are, show K. Langloh Parker’s character, and the kernel of her work. Young Katie determined that she was not a very attractive person while […]

The Dawn by Louisa Lawson, volume one

Continuing in my quest to complete the Australian Women Writers Challenge, I’m cheating a little by selecting a magazine. It is, however, a really interesting magazine, if, like me, you’re into social history, and it is only available due to the hard work and diligence of a band of women who are still very much […]

Great Australian Women by Susanna de Vries

This has all of the makings of a great book of biographies. Its choice of subjects is, for the most part, sound. Its characters, as required, stand up to either poverty or oppression, and overthrow or ameliorate it. The stories are inspiring, and the historical detail woven into them is interesting. I have three over-riding concerns about the […]

My Country and Other Poems by Dorothea Mackellar

Technically, Dorothea Mackellar is a good poet, and she’s a pleasure to read, but her subject choice, and her mode of writing, lack some of the edge and energy of modern poetry. As a poet of the senses, she’s exceptional. She’s fascinating when she tries to write in an extension of the English tradition, while needing to adapt her […]

The Autumn Castle by Kim Wilkins

This review contains significant spoilers, which begin after the Plot heading. There’s a tension when reviewing authors who are alive and live relatively close to you. You’d like them to succeed. You’d like to give them a hand. You’d like, in short, to give them positive reviews. The problem, when you are reviewing, is that you’d […]

The Country Cookbook by Belinda Jeffrey

Reviewing a cookbook isn’t like reviewing fiction. To review a cookbook you need to be aware of how varied the desires of readers of cookbooks are, compared to, say, readers of fiction. Most people read fiction for amusement, and are attracted to genre tropes in conventional plots. Readers can, in comparison, want all kinds of […]