Tag Archives: non-fiction

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 […]

The Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll Through the Hidden Connections of the English Language – Mark Forsyth

What a word!  I wasn’t sure I wanted to investigate what was between the covers of this intriguing, funny read.  Understanding the origin of the English language isn’t everyone’s cup of tea for a light relaxing read but I have enjoyed this so much I have to share.  Forsyth won me over to his favourite […]

October Online ebook club Wrap-up – Tommy’s War

In the spirit of keeping it real (our reader’s season theme), our October online ebook club selection was Tommy’s War by Richard van Emden. This book tells the stories of the front-line soldiers in World War I via images, journal entries and letters.

The Maid’s Tale

The Maid’s Tale by Rose Plummer offers a brief snapshot into an era long gone. A time that no longer exists, with grand houses and plenty of servants and domestic help. A time of horse-drawn carts, when light was provided by candles, when warmth came from a coal fire (if you were lucky enough to […]

blog real September 23

Keeping it real

Honey & Oats August 25

Honey and Oats – want to stay healthy while indulging?

Honey & Oats : everyday favorites baked with whole grains and natural sweeteners by Jennifer Katzinger. This is a beautiful new cookbook which aims to help you enjoy healthier versions of your favourite baked goods using whole grains and natural sweeteners. If you are wanting to achieve a healthier lifestyle but just can’t give up […]

Unbroken: an extraordinary true story of courage and survival

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand will WOW you! The biopic movie adaptation, directed by Angelina Jolie and adapted by the Coen  Brothers, filmed partly in Australia (around the Gold Coast and Northern NSW) is due to hit the big screens is 2014. It is one of the  most amazing tales I’ve ever read and one that is […]

A History of Silence by Lloyd Jones

Highly recommended; flows easily, his description of the Christchurch earthquake is vivid, the prose at times exquisite, and the memoir falls into the category of “truth is stranger than fiction”.  Lloyd Jones grew up not asking questions of his mother or father’s own lives as they grew up but remembering the odd fragments he had […]


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