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McAllister – 234 square miles of beef grazing land in the Gulf of Carpentaria, 90kms south-west of Normanton, 415kms from Mt Isa. McAllister – a rugged outback Aussie landscape which is defined by thousands of heads of livestock, drought, cyclones and endless hard work and challenges. McAllister – home to Jenny & Rick Old and […]

April 26

Tehran, Lipstick and Loopholes by Nahal Tajadod

Post by Voula. Tehran, Lipstick and Loopholes appealed to me because although Australian born, I am a daughter of migrant parents and my husband was born overseas.┬áThe author, Nahal Tajadod was born and raised in Tehran but resides with her husband and daughter in Paris. Her hilarious account of a ten day stay in Tehran […]

June 30

June Online ebooks Club Wrap-up – Keeper

This month we read “Keeper” by Andrea Gillies, a memoir about caring for a person with Alzheimer’s Disease. It’s not an easy book to read. It is quite depressing and does not end on a happy note.. It is, however an important book as it raises awareness of the reality of Alzheimer’s Disease.

June 01

June Online ebook Club – Keeper by Andrea Gillies

This month we are reading Keeper by Andrea Gillies for our Online ebook club, a memoir about Alzheimer’s disease. When writer and mother of three Andrea Gillies, finds that her parents-in-law are struggling to look after themselves, she invites them to move in.
Keeper was the winner of the inaugural Wellcome Prize in 2009 and the Orwell Prize in 2010.

April 30

April Online ebook club wrap-up – The Happiest Refugee

This month we read Anh Do’s The Happiest Refugee. I’m a big fan of Anh Do’s comedy and I’d heard great things about this book so I was looking forward to reading it.

April online ebook club – The Happiest Refugee by Anh Do

This month we’re reading The Happiest Refugee, Comedian Anh Do’s very memoir about growing up in Australia as a refugee from Vietnam. Anh Do and his family fled war-torn Vietnam on an overcrowded boat when he was 2 years old. On arrival in Australia the family worked hard to make ends meet while adjusting to their new life. When Anh was 13, his father left his mother and this loss was felt deeply. Despite this the family maintained their sense of humour and Anh went onto graduate university with a law degree and become one of Australia’s most popular Comedians.

Rome, twins, insomnia and the biggest funeral in the history of the world

Four seasons in Rome: on twins, insomnia and the biggest funeral in the history of the world by Anthony Doerr is part traveller’s tale and part personal memoir. Author, Anthony Doerr was notified by letter that he was being awarded a fellowship in literature at the American Academy in Rome, merely twelve hours after his […]

Febraury Online ebook Club wrap-up – Wild

I started reading this book expecting to hate it. Everyone I knew who had read it, hated it passionately. They found the author, Cheryl Strayed completely unlikeable and self-absorbed. While I didn’t love the book, I really didn’t hate it and I certainly didn’t hate the author.

February 09

February Online ebook club: Wild by Cheryl Strayed

I recently had a conversation about this book with a family member who warned me against reading it, describing the central character in very unflattering terms. Naturally, I had to read this and thought that it might make for some interesting discussion for our online ebook club.

Wild is Cheryl Strayed’s true account of hiking the Pacific Crest Trail following the death of her mother and the breakdown of her marriage. Strayed decides to travel solo with virtually no long-distance hiking experience but a desire to piece together her life and rediscover who she is again.

December Online ebook Club Wrap-up – Jeremy and Amy

This month we read the true story of Jeremy and Amy for our online ebook club. This was a really nice story about the origins of Monkey World in the UK.

The story is told by Jeremy Keeling, co-founder of Monkey World. Jeremy had grown up amongst a variety of zoo animals and developed a passion for them. Jeremy, along with Jim Cronin, established Monkey World in the 80’s as a sanctuary for a variety of Apes. Amy is an Orang-Utan at Monkey World. She was hand-reared by Jeremy when rejected by her mother at birth. When they were in a car accident early in Amy’s life, she was found cradling an unconscious Jeremy’s head in her hands.