Tag Archives: non-fiction

book cover September 13

Red Notice by Bill Browder

Post by Voula Red Notice by Bill Browder This is definitely a book I never would have contemplated reading was it not for the persistence of a customer who could not praise it enough. His constant rave about Red Notice finally appealed to my sense of curiosity and I reluctantly placed a reservation on it. […]

Cochrane (2) July 29

Autobiography of a seaman by Lord Thomas Cochrane

Cochrane was a British captain during the Napoleonic period. His life was the raw material on which many later writers of historical fiction drew. The influence on Patrick O’Brian and C.S. Forester, for example, is marked. For readers wanting naval daring, the biography written by his son is a better read. There is a bit […]

walk in the woods June 14

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

A “Walk in the Woods” follows the adventures of Bill Bryson and his friend, Katz, both unfit, portly and poorly prepared, as they begin to trek the  2000 odd mile long Appalachian Trail in North America. Adding to the degree of difficulty, the pair are burdened with packs carrying their supplies, warm clothing, rain gear […]

tehran 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. The 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 […]

Sins Of The Brother by Mark Whittaker & Les Kennedy

Sins of the brother by Mark Whittaker & Les Kennedy is the second book I have read about Ivan Milat this year. The first, Milat: inside Australia’s biggest manhunt by former detective and assistant commissioner of the NSW Police Clive Small, provided a personal account of how he led the investigation into the Belanglo State Forest murders and convicted Milat. […]

2015 Reading Challenge or Judging a book by the title.

The pleasures of reading in the age of distraction by Alan Jacobs I have to be honest I picked this up purely on the title. And I am glad I did. It is not a “what to read” book but more of a how to read. Alan Jacobs is a huge advocate of  “reading at […]

The Happiest Refugee 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.

Neil Patrick Harris January 29

Magic, Musical Theatre and the youngest doctor on TV

I find holidays are a great time to read books that I wouldn’t normally pick up. This is because I always leave it to the last minute to go and look for something to read. The result is a frantic pick of anything and everything  in fear that I might run out of reading material while on […]

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.

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 […]