Reviews by Anne

  • LOVED IT

    by Anne on 18/10/2014

    And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini is one of those books which moves me. There is a lyrical quality about the prose which I love, and the story is epic. Some years ago I read The Kite Runner written by this author and was very impressed and I will certainly be reading the third of his books, A Thousand Splendid Suns. What a treat! I highly recommend this book.

Format: Paperback / softback

Publication Date: 21/05/2013

$32.99
  • Fabulous

    by Anne on 18/10/2014

    I have just finished Bill Bryson’s “One Summer, America 1927” and it is a book I needed to share. I was constantly buttonholing family members nearby to share interesting snippets with. Ultimately I issued an order to them all, “You have to read this book. It is fascinating.” It is an incredibly interesting book and I now know some of the history of those great American characters such as Babe Ruth, Calvin Coolidge and Charles Lindbergh. Variously foolhardy, brave, inspired or shocking, they seem to be larger than life. No wonder they are still spoken about. The book was very well structured and written; with the addition of just one word, Mr Bryson can inject wry humour into just about any situation. I recommend this book very highly, it is entertaining, amusing and informative, and would make a wonderful gift.

Format: Paperback / softback

Publication Date: 02/06/2014

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  • A Wonderful Read

    by Anne on 29/04/2014

    Parrot and Olivier in America by Peter Carey had me shirking on housework in order to read more. Well drawn characters and a real treat to read. Mr Careys writing is superb and it is easy to immerse yourself in his story. I highly recommend it.

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Publication Date: 31/01/2011

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  • INSPIRATIONAL

    by Anne on 18/10/2014

    What an inspiring woman Jenny Bowen is. Her book, wish you happy forever, is a truly amazing account of what one person who has a big heart and a lot of perseverance can accomplish. Supported by her family and many others, she kept chasing her dream for the happiness of other people, and weren’t they lucky that she did. It is heartening to read accounts like this, and well written and entertaining into the bargain.

Format: Paperback / softback

Publication Date: 04/04/2014

$27.99
  • Light and Easy

    by Anne on 02/02/2014

    Elianne by Judy Nunn was an easy read. Even reading for fun can be informative and in this case the information related to the sugar mills of Queensland. I know more now than I did before, and was entertained along the way by a good story.

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Publication Date: 01/11/2013

$32.99
  • INTERESTING

    by Anne on 18/10/2014

    Some of this I understood and some of it I didn’t, but I enjoyed reading all of Central Time by Ranjit Hoskote. We need poets to look at life and present it in alternative ways, it makes us think and reflect. More poets, less accountants.

Format: Hardback

Publication Date: 01/03/2014

 
  • A real thriller

    by Anne on 03/06/2015

    Secrets of State by Matthew Palmer was a fast paced and nail biting thriller, a really good read. Definitely recommended.

Format: Hardback

Publication Date: 26/05/2015

 
  • Eminently entertaining and frankly funny

    by Anne on 03/06/2015

    I didn’t expect to be so entertained by this book but what can I say? It’s not my fault that Louis Ferrante did such a good job of writing Mob Rules. A lot of black humour is involved but there is also a great deal of commonsense, this book contains good advice and is a very entertaining read.

Format: Paperback / softback

Publication Date: 30/07/2015

 
  • Good reading

    by Anne on 03/06/2015

    The Ruby Slippers by Keir Alexander drew all the threads of a good tale together and made something substantial of it. Great writing and characters of depth, this was a story I enjoyed and would recommend.

Format: Hardback

Publication Date: 06/03/2014

$24.99
  • Office Politics and Intrigue

    by Anne on 17/06/2014

    The Best of Everything by Rona Jaffe tells of a group of people who work together, their lives and loves and their aspirations. It also reveals the sordid side of office life and how power is used improperly. Although it is a bit dated now, I doubt that much has really changed.

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Publication Date: 09/06/2011

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  • Enjoyable

    by Anne on 17/06/2014

    My Notorious Life by Madame X written by Kate Manning was an enjoyable read. It is a reminder of the dreadful conditions under which many women lived, and inspires us to count our blessings in the advances made so far regarding womens rights. The story moves at a good pace and the characters are likeable, altogether a very good book.

Format: Paperback / softback

Publication Date: 06/06/2013

$27.99
  • Well worth reading.

    by Anne on 12/03/2014

    A Fascinating Australian Sheila by Robert Wainwright was a most interesting read. Sheila hobnobbed with lots of important and high profile people and did some marvellous work during her lifetime. This is a book well worth reading.

Format: Paperback / softback

Publication Date: 29/01/2014

$32.99
  • FORGETTABLE

    by Anne on 18/10/2014

    I have to care about a character before I can sympathise with their problems but in The Home Corner by Ruth Thomas, there simply isn’t time. It’s introspective from the first page and doesn’t get any better. I found it quite depressing.

Format: Epub (Adobe), Epub (Kobo)

Publication Date: 14/05/2013

  $9.89
  • Good reading

    by Anne on 03/06/2015

    Re Jane by Patricia Park was an enjoyable story, dealing with issues which would be relevant to so many today. Well told.

Format: Hardback

Publication Date: 15/01/2017

RRP  $39.99 $38.95
  • More great storie

    by Anne on 03/06/2015

    Outback School Stories by Bill ‘Swampy’ Marsh is an education in itself. It helps you to get your own life in perspective when you see how life has been, even in the fairly recent past, for some people.

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Publication Date: 01/09/2013

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  • ABSORBING

    by Anne on 18/10/2014

    A work of fiction,but it could just as well be the headlines of your local newspaper. Remember Me Like This by Bret Anthony Johnston reveals the workings of a family under stress, in painstaking detail. This is a good story and well written, which makes for absorbing reading.

Format: Epub (Adobe), Epub (Kobo)

Publication Date: 22/05/2014

  $12.99
  • Suspense of a Different Sort

    by Anne on 29/04/2014

    The Virgins by Pamela Erens was well put together, but I was definitely emotionally exhausted by the time I had finished reading it. It has a full range of characters, the disturbing one and a few frustrating ones, others who are destined to repeat the mistakes of the previous generation, they are all there interacting in each others lives as they purportedly try to get an education.

Format: Paperback / softback

Publication Date: 11/03/2014

$26.99
  • An Absorbing Tale from old Japan

    by Anne on 18/10/2014

    The Storyteller and His Three Daughters by Lian Hearn was a really nice read, and I enjoyed the temporary immersion into the old Japanese family ways. The storyteller was likeable and saddled as he was with a strong wife and three feisty daughters, he certainly needed patience. Add to this a lot of political intrigue and he definitely had plenty of material for storytelling. I would recommend this book highly.

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Publication Date: 26/08/2014

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  • Loved It.

    by Anne on 29/04/2014

    Just had to ignore life and read this in one go, The Woman who Dived into the Heart of the World written by Sabina Berman was great. A fabulous story and something really different, with two heroines, this is a book that I am glad to have read

Format: Paperback / softback

Publication Date: 31/07/2012

$29.99
  • A Must Read

    by Anne on 02/02/2014

    Henry Lawson Short Stories edited by John Barnes is a classic and should be read by all inhabitants of Australia. Lawsons stories cover people, conditions and situations of years gone by, but the Australian bush in which they take place is still unchanged. Short stories of course fit in so well with a busy life, a few minutes is enough to read one more and for a short time, experience the Australia of the past.

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Publication Date: 02/03/2009

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  • WHAT A LIFE

    by Anne on 18/10/2014

    When the Dust Settles by Rob Cook really paints a terrific picture of the outback life. Working and playing hard, these people are full of life with a work ethic which would be hard to match. The “get on with it” attitude stood Rob in good stead when he had his accident and I admire him and his wonderful family. They are truly inspirational.

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Publication Date: 01/08/2013

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  • ONE CRAZY LADY, BUT I LIKE HER

    by Anne on 18/10/2014

    Shelley Harris tells us the story of Jenny Pepper who decided to step out of character so that she could address some issues she felt very strongly about. We can all identify with this I am sure, but there were some scary moments to share with Jenny as she followed her crazy pathway, and some funny ones as well. I would happily recommend this book.

Format: Epub (Adobe), Epub (Kobo)

Publication Date: 08/01/2015

  $11.99
  • Modern day scary

    by Anne on 03/06/2015

    Already Dead by Jaye Ford was a riveting read. My familiarity with its Australian setting made it easy to see this story in three dimensions as I read it. Which goes to make a thriller that little bit more thrilling. A good read.

Format: Paperback / softback

Publication Date: 01/09/2014

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  • A nice story

    by Anne on 18/10/2014

    The Winter Sea by Di Morrissey was a thoroughly good read. I enjoyed it, I liked the characters and the development of the story. Very good summertime reading, anytime reading in fact.

Format: CD-Audio

Publication Date: 01/11/2013

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  • FAMILY SAGA

    by Anne on 18/10/2014

    Elianne by Judy Nunn was an easy read. Even reading for fun can be informative and in this case the information related to the sugar mills of Queensland. I know more now than I did before, and was entertained along the way by a good story.

Format: Paperback / softback

Publication Date: 03/11/2014

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  • Beautifully Written and Sombre

    by Anne on 17/06/2014

    Burial Rites by Hannah Kent tells the story of hot passion in a cold climate. A beautifully written but very sombre story.

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Publication Date: 01/03/2014

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  • RISING TO THE CHALLENGES OF LIFE

    by Anne on 18/10/2014

    Krystal Barter was by her own account a difficult teenager, but her friends and family hung in there, encouraging her to be the wonderful person they believed she could be. Her story as recounted in The Lucky One proves that they were right to persevere. What a courageous and inspiring woman she has turned out to be. Her story is one to learn from.

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Publication Date: 01/04/2014

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  • A Love Story

    by Anne on 29/04/2014

    The Forever Girl by Alexander McCall Smith was a good read with likeable characters, some of whom it is easy to become emotionally invested with. The story moves well without getting bogged down in too much detail, the strokes with which this tale is painted are broad yet always relevant.

Format: Hardback

Publication Date: 01/02/2014

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  • Thoughtful

    by Anne on 03/06/2015

    I am not surprised that The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood won the Booker Prize, it was a great story beautifully told. So much of the writing could be read a second or a third time simply because it was so thought provoking. I would highly recommend this book

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Publication Date: 28/08/2001

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  • Complex Plot

    by Anne on 29/04/2014

    This was quietly suspenseful, with quite a tricky plot. The Asylum by John Harwood kept me reading until I got to the final page. The style of writing is a rather old-fashioned detailed one, but it certainly paints the necessary pictures. An enjoyable book.

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Publication Date: 03/06/2013

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  • Enjoyable and Interesting

    by Anne on 02/02/2014

    Bush Aussies by Allan M. Nixon was another of those books which shows that many people have interesting lives. Some real adventurers, some battlers and others of a creative nature were revealed. It seems that Allan has hit upon a great travel plan with his cross country conversations and he has a very easy style of writing.

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Publication Date: 24/11/2008

$24.99
  • A wrenching read

    by Anne on 03/06/2015

    Without You by Saskia Sarginson details the suffering within a family after the disappearance of one of its members. Their attempt to deal with their grief whilst maintaining some hope made for a poignant story, convincingly told.

Format: Paperback / softback

Publication Date: 11/03/2014

$29.99
  • These people could be your neighbours

    by Anne on 03/06/2015

    The One Plus One by Jojo Moyes was an enjoyable book as it was an easy to read story about life and love set in the current times. This story resonates.

Format: Paperback / softback

Publication Date: 19/11/2014

$19.99
  • Darkly humorous

    by Anne on 03/06/2015

    It’s not me it’s You by Mhairi McFarlane was a funny little tale about love and loss in a modern world. Quite enlightening for the grandmother generation.

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Publication Date: 01/12/2014

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  • SAD

    by Anne on 01/10/2014

    I am woman hear me draw by Judy Horacek left me cold. All people should be judged on merit and performance and women’s liberation was and is still necessary, but rather than advancing the cause, lacklustre books like this strike me as bitter.

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Publication Date: 01/10/2013

  $9.95
  • An Exciting Book

    by Anne on 02/02/2014

    The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North was quite an exciting read. It is a book that could easily spawn many more, if it did, I would certainly read them. It was lengthy, so it cant be read in half a dozen hours. It was exciting so I was looking for opportunities to get back to it. It was very well written which makes for a much better, reading experience. All in all I would recommend it highly.

Format: Hardback

Publication Date: 08/04/2014

 
  • MY NEXT BEST FRIEND MUST BE AN EXCELLENT COOK

    by Anne on 18/10/2014

    Delicious by Ruth Reichl was an entertaining read, but it did make me wonder why I would rarely rave about a meal the way her characters do. Are they all thin people who don’t eat very often and so enjoy the few meals they get, or is it that I am more sparing with my praise? No, I think the truth is that I don’t eat exotic food, don’t want to spend too much time on preparing food and don’t have such a discerning palate that I can tell the difference between Sal’s cheeses. Never mind, I really enjoyed the book and the letters were wonderful.

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Publication Date: 23/04/2014

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  • GOOD READING

    by Anne on 18/10/2014

    No need to visit the gulf country now, I feel like I have lived through the wet, having just read Tracking North by Kerry McGinnis. It brought the country to life, and what a backdrop it was for a tale well told. I enjoyed this book.

Format: Paperback / softback

Publication Date: 26/03/2014

$29.99
  • A fascinating Australian

    by Anne on 18/10/2014

    Sheila by Robert Wainwright was a most interesting read. Sheila hobnobbed with lots of important and high profile people and did some marvellous work during her lifetime. This is a book well worth reading.

Format: Epub (Adobe), Epub (Kobo)

Publication Date: 29/01/2014

  $15.49
  • ONE CRAZY LADY, BUT I LIKE HER

    by Anne on 03/06/2015

    In Vigilante, Shelley Harris tells us the story of Jenny Pepper who decided to step out of character so that she could address some issues she felt very strongly about. We can all identify with this I am sure, but there were some scary moments to share with Jenny as she followed her crazy pathway, and some funny ones as well. I would happily recommend this book.

Format: Paperback / softback

Publication Date: 13/01/2015

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  • ABSORBING

    by Anne on 18/10/2014

    Burial Rites by Hannah Kent tells the story of hot passion in a cold climate. A beautifully written but very sombre story.

Format: Hardback

Publication Date: 01/11/2014

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  • Very enjoyable

    by Anne on 03/06/2015

    A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman slowly drew me in, and it was a really nice story. I was sorry to say goodbye to Ove at the end.

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Publication Date: 30/06/2015

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  • You need to read this.

    by Anne on 25/11/2013

    I have just finished Bill Brysons One Summer, America 1927 and it is a book I needed to share. I was constantly buttonholing family members nearby to share interesting snippets with. Ultimately I issued an order to them all, You have to read this book. It is fascinating. It is an incredibly interesting book and I now know some of the history of those great American characters such as Babe Ruth, Calvin Coolidge and Charles Lindbergh. Variously foolhardy, brave, inspired or shocking, they seem to be larger than life. No wonder they are still spoken about.

    The book was very well structured and written; with the addition of just one word, Mr Bryson can inject wry humour into just about any situation. I recommend this book very highly, it is entertaining, amusing and informative, and would make a wonderful gift.

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Publication Date: 01/10/2013

$49.99
  • FASCINATING

    by Anne on 18/10/2014

    My Notorious Life by Madame X written by Kate Manning was an enjoyable read. It is a reminder of the dreadful conditions under which many women lived, and inspires us to count our blessings in the advances made so far regarding women’s rights. The story moves at a good pace and the characters are likeable, altogether a very good book.

Format: Paperback / softback

Publication Date: 01/04/2014

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  • A Gentle Tale of Love and Loss

    by Anne on 29/04/2014

    The Headmasters Wife by Thomas Christopher Greene was a very sensitive look at the long term of a marriage and the effects of both infatuation and loss. The characters were deep and complex and were sympathetically drawn. Add the element of mystery and it makes for a good read.

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Publication Date: 23/04/2014

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  • Beautifully written

    by Anne on 03/06/2015

    Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meissner was a gorgeous read, it kept me glued to its pages and didn’t disappoint in any way.

Format: Hardback

Publication Date: 01/05/2015

 
  • ENJOYABLE

    by Anne on 01/10/2014

    Red Sand Sunrise by Fiona McArthur makes for good reading telling a tale of our Aussie outback and some of our modern day Aussie women, all endowed with the courage needed to face their difficulties front on. The mystery is there, as is the romance and it is a real girls book. Very enjoyable.

Format: Paperback / softback

Publication Date: 25/06/2014

$29.99
  • Modern Day Suspense

    by Anne on 03/06/2015

    I was nervous while reading The Life I Left Behind by Colette McBeth, it was hard to tell what to expect, where the next danger was lurking. That makes for good suspense and an entertaining read.

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Publication Date: 13/01/2015

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  • An Absorbing Tale from old Japan

    by Anne on 17/06/2014

    The Storyteller and His Three Daughters by Lian Hearn was a really nice read, and I enjoyed the temporary immersion into the old Japanese family ways.

    The storyteller was likeable and saddled as he was with a strong wife and three feisty daughters, he certainly needed loads of patience. Add lots of political intrigue and he definitely had plenty of material for storytelling.

    I would recommend this book highly.

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Publication Date: 24/09/2013

$29.99
  • A Lovely Story

    by Anne on 20/11/2013

    Fiona McIntoshs The Tailors Girl was an enjoyable, romantic tale, set just post World War 1. The characters are likeable and the story moves along well. It was interesting to gain some insight to the fashion industry of the day and also but to a lesser degree, the conditions surrounding the allied troops during and after the war. Now to catch up on some sleep!

Format: Paperback / softback

Publication Date: 23/10/2013

$29.99
  • Enjoyable

    by Anne on 17/06/2014

    Mr Wigg by Inga Simpson moves slowly but draws you in to the pace of an aged life. Painstaking detail, and something of a cooking journal as well, this story maps out a very productive and satisfying retirement. I hope mine is so good.

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Publication Date: 25/06/2013

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  • Loved it

    by Anne on 23/07/2015

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading One Hundred Days of Happiness. It seems wrong to enjoy reading about someone’s experience with cancer and even more so to think that their death provided a good ending for the story, but that’s the truth. The character was flawed but likeable, the story was told with sympathy and a good deal of humour, and eventually I had to stop reading it in fits and starts and instead, give it my full attention. I wanted to accompany Lucio on his journey without interruption so goodbye to my daily concerns and business until I finished this tale. I have no hesitation in recommending this book.

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Publication Date: 01/08/2015

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  • ABSORBING

    by Anne on 01/10/2014

    A work of fiction,but it could just as well be the headlines of your local newspaper. Remember Me Like This by Bret Anthony Johnston reveals the workings of a family under stress, in painstaking detail. This is a good story and well written, which makes for absorbing reading.

Format: Paperback / softback

Publication Date: 13/05/2014

$29.99
  • Reading this was a treat.

    by Anne on 12/03/2014

    What a nice book. The Laughing Clowns by William McInnes was a gorgeous read. I always feel authors reveal a lot about themselves when they write, and I have to say I really like what I learned about the author. I loved the book and the lovely gentle humour, the well drawn characters, it was a treat to read.

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Publication Date: 30/07/2013

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  • LOVED IT

    by Anne on 18/10/2014

    The Yellow Eyes of Crocodiles by Katherine Pancol was a terrific read. Great female characters and a heroine you can identify with, some humour as well as a bit of mystery, it’s the perfect recipe for a book you can happily disappear into.

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Publication Date: 01/11/2013

$29.99
  • Extremely entertaining and well paced.

    by Anne on 12/03/2014

    A rollicking, good story. Behind the Sun by Deborah Challinor moved at a good pace and is very entertaining. Strong characters and good relationships between them, it was extremely entertaining.

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Publication Date: 16/12/2013

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  • NICE DEBUT

    by Anne on 18/10/2014

    Well done Sylvia Kwon with the Return. This was a good story and very well told, real Australian characters with a story which is universal.

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Publication Date: 25/03/2014

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  • Chills aplenty

    by Anne on 03/06/2015

    In The Blood by Lisa Unger was a very suspenseful novel, it kept me guessing for a long while, from the edge of my seat of course. I enjoyed it.

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Publication Date: 02/01/2014

$29.99
  • Amusing and surprising

    by Anne on 06/01/2014

    Women of Letters curated by Marieke Hardy and Michaela McGuire was an interesting read. Everyone has a story to tell and it was good to have a look into the lives of people we have all heard about. It makes me feel surprisingly normal. Surprisingly, it also contains some contributions from men. Hamish Blake couldnt resist being his normal, amusing self and Jennifer Byrne was as polished as I expected. An easy book to pick up at odd moments and quite entertaining.

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Publication Date: 20/11/2013

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  • VERY LIKEABLE

    by Anne on 18/10/2014

    It’s easy to understand why Lorraine Elliott has such a successful blog. Her book, Not Quite Nigella is written in such a lovely, friendly style that you can’t help but warm to her. Her culinary journey is described in an entertaining and humorous way and I enjoyed reading it.

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Publication Date: 24/04/2013

$29.99
  • Disturbing

    by Anne on 18/10/2014

    Vicious Circle by Wilbur Smith was peopled with extreme characters. Well written and very detailed, it tells the story of people who are variously rich, beautiful, strong, brave and in some cases, seriously depraved. It left me with some very disturbing images and I would rather have not read it.

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Publication Date: 29/07/2014

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  • Emotionally Rivetting

    by Anne on 17/06/2014

    Even though I knew how it ended, I found Saving Zali by Lisa Venables to be a heart wrenching but compelling read.

    It is a very honest account of the fight to save Zalis life in which all of the family were involved. Day to day life still goes on, other people still have needs, whilst at the same time this dreadful battle rages.

    Lisas writing brought me to tears of sorrow, and then back to tears of joy, May she and her family continue to prosper in all ways.

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Publication Date: 01/04/2014

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  • INSPIRING

    by Anne on 01/10/2014

    Born to Run, My Story by Cathy Freeman was gorgeously simple. With a wonderful family to support her, Cathy grew up beautifully and was encouraged to develop to her full potential. She had the determination to work hard to realise her dream and her story is told with simplicity and honesty. It was a refreshing read.

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Publication Date: 05/03/2007

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  • I enjoyed it.

    by Anne on 12/03/2014

    A very sad tale. Fever by Mary Beth Keane tells the story of Typhoid Mary, and tells it well. What an unfortunate woman she was, and very badly treated. The story is told sympathetically but I feel, honestly. I enjoyed the read.

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Publication Date: 01/10/2013

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  • Inightful

    by Anne on 17/06/2014

    A Dog Walks into a Nursing Home by Sue Halpern was a really good read. Written intelligently by a dog lover, it contains a lot of humour and quite a deal of philosophy that I am able to apply to my life. Well worth reading.

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Publication Date: 23/04/2014

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  • ENJOYABLE

    by Anne on 18/10/2014

    Fiona McIntosh’s “The Tailor’s Girl” was an enjoyable, romantic tale, set just post World War 1. The characters are likeable and the story moves along well. It was interesting to gain some insight to the fashion industry of the day and also but to a lesser degree, the conditions surrounding the allied troops during and after the war. Now to catch up on some sleep!

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Publication Date: 27/08/2014

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  • A Thoroughly Good Read.

    by Anne on 02/02/2014

    The Winter Sea by Di Morrissey was a thoroughly good read. I enjoyed it, I liked the characters and the development of the story. Very good summertime reading, anytime reading in fact.

Format: Paperback / softback

Publication Date: 22/10/2013

$32.99
  • A GOOD READ FOR A WINTER AFTERNOON

    by Anne on 18/10/2014

    Easy to read and on a subject that is close to my heart, Dog Gone, Back Soon by Nick Trout was a nice, little story. Just start reading and jump into his world, it is an entertaining read.

Format: Paperback / softback

Publication Date: 26/03/2014

$29.99
  • What a Thriller

    by Anne on 17/06/2014

    Chris Pavone was a very exciting read. The story was good, the characters were interesting and there were a few clever twists thrown in which I certainly didnt see coming. I would highly recommend this book.

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Publication Date: 01/03/2014

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  • An Old Fashioned Whodunit

    by Anne on 29/04/2014

    Revisit the 1960s and enjoy this well written mystery with lashings of family politics thrown in. After Im Gone by Laura Lippman is an interesting tale which keeps you guessing right up to the end.

Format: Paperback / softback

Publication Date: 26/02/2014

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  • EARTHY AND FUNNY

    by Anne on 01/10/2014

    Men on the Menu, 75 Delicious Affairs around the World by Bambi Smyth was an initially reluctant read on my part. The idea of blind dating her way around the world seemed to me to be both desperate and foolish. However I definitely warmed to the author and was frequently amused by her descriptions of the men she met and the food she ate during her travels. She is brave, smart and funny and I did enjoy her book.

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Publication Date: 01/10/2014

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  • An Inspirational Story

    by Anne on 03/06/2015

    Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand details an inspiring story and is hard to put down. An important book.

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Publication Date: 14/11/2014

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  • Nicely written

    by Anne on 12/03/2014

    A modern tale of love and understanding. The Grass Castle by Karen Viggers tells of two women who strike up an unlikely friendship, each able to help and needing help themselves, from the other. It was nicely written.

Format: Paperback / softback

Publication Date: 29/01/2014

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  • Cleverly Written and Topical

    by Anne on 02/02/2014

    Look Whos Back by Timur Vermes is a novel based on an impossibility and thank God for that. We have enough human monsters around at the moment without restoring those from a past time. It took a few pages to interest me but it was entertaining and humorous although the humour was occasionally of the cringing type. It seems that Germany currently has a lot of social issues in common with Australia.

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Publication Date: 01/04/2014

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  • ABSORBING

    by Anne on 18/10/2014

    Sapphire Skies by Belinda Alexandra is a most interesting story of love, loss and war, told from the perspective of a young, female, fighter pilot. The story takes place in both World War 2 and modern day Russia and the characters and their various stories are well drawn, as they come together to support each other in this historical mystery.

Format: CD-Audio

Publication Date: 01/04/2014

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  • Peace at last, hopefully!

    by Anne on 03/06/2015

    The House on Carnaval Street by Deborah Rodriguez was an exhausting read. I was emotionally wrung out by the time I had finished it, there was so much dismay and distress and dislocation in ‘distory’. Entertaining but not one that I would particularly recommend.

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Publication Date: 02/06/2014

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  • A Mother’s Nightmare

    by Anne on 03/06/2015

    The Separation by Dinah Jefferies was an entertaining story of a time when families could so easily be torn apart, and not so easily found. A good read for a winter’s afternoon.

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Publication Date: 25/03/2015

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  • Gorgeous

    by Anne on 03/06/2015

    Somewhere Safe With Somebody Good by Jan Karon took a little time for me to get hooked. I suppose there were so many neighbours to get used to and family as well. Of course once I felt like I knew them all, I would have liked to have stayed for longer. A shame to finish, but very easy to recommend.

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Publication Date: 23/09/2015

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  • Satisfying

    by Anne on 18/10/2014

    Mr Wigg by Inga Simpson moves slowly but draws you in to the pace of an aged life. Painstaking detail and something of a cooking journal as well, this story maps out a very productive and satisfying retirement. I hope mine is so good.

Format: Epub (Adobe), Epub (Kobo)

Publication Date: 25/06/2013

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  • An Easy Read and Enjoyable

    by Anne on 02/02/2014

    The Long Road to Overnight Success by Shane Jacobson is an insight to the man and his life thus far. Multi talented and with a strong work ethic and a very supportive family, he has worked hard for the success he now enjoys. The book is an easy read although it can be a bit repetitive but I can forgive Shane for that because it was a bit of fun.

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Publication Date: 01/08/2013

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  • TOUCHING

    by Anne on 18/10/2014

    Yoko’s Diary is very moving. Edited by Paul Ham it shows us a beautiful, young girl who is trying so hard and so cheerfully to do the “right” thing. When reaching the inevitable end, I felt an enormous sense of loss at the waste of a young life.

Format: Hardback

Publication Date: 01/05/2013

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  • A wonderful read

    by Anne on 18/10/2014

    Parrot and Olivier in America by Peter Carey had me shirking on housework in order to read more. Well drawn characters and a real treat to read. Mr Carey’s writing is superb and it is easy to immerse yourself in his story. I highly recommend it.

Format: Epub (Adobe), Epub (Kobo)

Publication Date: 26/10/2009

  $12.99
  • Deep, Dark and Definitely Disturbing

    by Anne on 03/06/2015

    Fell Of Dark by Patrick Downes certainly was dark, and disturbing. Not what I would advocate for relaxing reading, but certainly well and convincingly written.

Format: Board book, Hardback

Publication Date: 15/01/2017

$27.99
  • It's Not For Everyone

    by Anne on 02/02/2014

    Vicious Circle by Wilbur Smith was peopled with extreme characters. Well written and very detailed, it tells the story of people who are variously rich, beautiful, strong, brave and in some cases, seriously depraved. It left me with some very disturbing images and I would rather have not read it.

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Publication Date: 10/10/2013

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  • Great story telling

    by Anne on 22/07/2015

    Disciple of the Wind by Steve Bein was two stories in one, and they were both extremely entertaining. From the distant past to Tokyo here and now, the pace didn’t let up. The characters were fascinating, the plot was good and it was a hard book to put down.

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Publication Date: 15/01/2017

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  • Its all about Family

    by Anne on 29/04/2014

    Lost Property by James Moloney is a story about a family trying to hold it together. It could be any family, as the problems they face are fairly commonplace, but it is their unity and love for each other which shines through. This was a quick but enjoyable read.

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Publication Date: 26/09/2005

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  • FIRESIDE MYSTERY

    by Anne on 18/10/2014

    Nelika McDonald presents us with more of a “wotwasit” than a “whodunit” with The Vale Girl. Nicely crafted so that we learn not to judge too hastily, it was a well told story about a small town mystery.

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Publication Date: 01/08/2014

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  • Disturbing.

    by Anne on 17/06/2014

    Not my favourite genre but well written and quite lengthy, so you can disappear into this one for quite a while. Aftermath by Peter Robinson details the investigation into the crimes of a serial killer in a very convincing way.

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Publication Date: 01/01/2012

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  • Darkly Humorous

    by Anne on 17/06/2014

    I loved Terms & Conditions by Robert Glancy. Writing the novel in the form of terms and conditions was a great idea and meant that it could be read and enjoyed in short bursts. Frank Shaw is a thoroughly likeable man and I was cheering for him the whole book through.

    Well written and extremely witty, I will be keeping an eye out for Robert Glancys next effort.

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Publication Date: 13/02/2014

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  • Fascinating

    by Anne on 03/06/2015

    The Last Illusion by Porochista Khakpour was quite spellbinding, magic and reality combining to keep the reader captive.

Format: Hardback

Publication Date: 01/05/2014

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  • Fascinating

    by Anne on 03/06/2015

    Alena by Rachel Pastan tells a great story against the backdrop of the world of art, and it is a fascinating tale. Entertaining and well written, I did enjoy this book.

Format: Paperback / softback

Publication Date: 27/05/2015

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  • A Trip Back to the Schoolyard

    by Anne on 29/04/2014

    I enjoyed Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta. Teenage angst and family dramas mean that Francesca is having a difficult time but with friends to the rescue, she is not alone. I really felt like I was back in the schoolyard with this one.

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Publication Date: 05/06/2006

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  • Enjoyable.

    by Anne on 12/03/2014

    What a Small World Close Up by Kate Forster was a look see into the world of Hollywood and the dysfunctional lives of some of its inhabitants. It is an easy read and just goes to show that we all really want the same things in life.

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Publication Date: 29/01/2014

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  • FAMILY SAGA

    by Anne on 01/10/2014

    Ronan’s Echo by Joanne Van Os was a thoughtful and entertaining story of how the people’s actions can echo down through the generations. It revealed some horrible scenes of war and its aftermath, but for me, these revelations serve to increase my admiration for the generation who learned to cope with the awful outcomes of war. It was also a story of modern day love and the strength of family. It was a good read.

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Publication Date: 01/04/2014

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  • Scarily Believable

    by Anne on 17/06/2014

    Written in a very laid back style, The Full Ridiculous by Mark Lamprell tickled my funny bone. The story involves a family dealing with events that could very easily happen to anyone of us. Dads descent into darkness is convincing but it is never too far from humour.

    The satellite characters I can recognise within my own family and so I did enjoy this book

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Publication Date: 25/09/2013

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  • Beautifully written

    by Anne on 29/04/2014

    The Steady Running of the Hour by Justin Go was a gorgeous book, I feel like I understand a lot about mountain climbing now, and the descriptions of the battle fields of World War One are horrifying. But what on earth happened at the end? All is not explained. There is still a big mystery unanswered and that failure was a big disappointment.

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Publication Date: 23/04/2014

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  • A Touching Tale

    by Anne on 29/04/2014

    This is a story based on the sad truth that too many children are called upon to display courage, loyalty and determination at a very young age. It has all the action of a thriller, but the well written Little Brother by Allan Baillie is unfortunately, a reflection of the upheaval and mayhem faced by innocent people in far too many countries.

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Publication Date: 05/04/2004

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  • FASCINATING

    by Anne on 01/10/2014

    Inside Trader by Trader Faulkner was a fascinating read. Well put together and very amusing, he introduces the reader to the ‘behind the scenes’ world of the actor. Developing skills, gaining work and coping with life in general, it seemed like a fairly hard life. Trader must be a very social gentleman to have been able to mix so often and well as he did and I was impressed by his dedication to the dance and language of Spain. He tells a good story very well.

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Publication Date: 29/01/2014

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  • Absorbing

    by Anne on 17/06/2014

    Sapphire Skies by Belinda Alexandra is a most interesting story of love, loss and war, told from the perspective of a young, female, fighter pilot.

    The story takes place in both World War 2 and modern day Russia and the characters and their various stories are well drawn, as they come together to support each other in this historical mystery.

Format: Paperback / softback

Publication Date: 24/03/2014

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  • An interesting story

    by Anne on 03/06/2015

    Shakepeare immerses the reader into a 1915 Australia as he tells us about a town under attack from within.

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Publication Date: 02/01/2015

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  • Easy to read on the go

    by Anne on 18/10/2014

    “Women of Letters” curated by Marieke Hardy and Michaela McGuire was an interesting read. Everyone has a story to tell and it was good to have a look into the lives of people we have all heard about. It makes me feel surprisingly normal. Surprisingly, it also contains some contributions from men. Hamish Blake couldn’t resist being his normal, amusing self and Jennifer Byrne was as polished as I expected. An easy book to pick up at odd moments and quite entertaining.

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Publication Date: 24/10/2012

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  • Cleverly Written

    by Anne on 17/06/2014

    I have just finished Kill Your Boss by John Niven and found it a good read. Gripping and pithy, his writing is strong and economical without sacrificing any of the qualities I look for in an enjoyable read.

    The main character although a criminal of the worst kind, still engenders feelings of sympathy and the hope that all turns out well for him, in me at least. That to me is clever writing.

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Publication Date: 14/01/2014

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  • ABRASIVE

    by Anne on 01/10/2014

    Here Come the Dogs by Omar Musa was not a book I could recommend to anyone. From the first page, it was as though I was in the company of people whom I would do my utmost to avoid. The aggression and the language was abrasive and the story was not one that I needed to know. I spot read through the book to see if there was any letup in style, but nothing I read encouraged me to give it another chance.

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Publication Date: 23/07/2014

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  • A recommended read

    by Anne on 03/06/2015

    Mister Owita’s Guide to Gardening by Carol Wall was a lovely tale. Carol is refreshingly honest in her story and it is one that is both familiar and inspiring.

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Publication Date: 03/03/2014

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  • Entertaining

    by Anne on 18/10/2014

    Nicely written with well-drawn characters, If I Should Die by Matthew Frank was an entertaining and lengthy read. It was well plotted and with quite a bit of philosophy and some humour thrown in, it is a novel of which Mr Frank can be proud.

Format: Paperback / softback

Publication Date: 23/07/2014

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  • An entertaining read

    by Anne on 03/06/2015

    Crazy Mountain Kiss by Keith McCafferty is a great mystery story to while away a few hours, characters and plot are good and it is very easy to read. Worthwhile.

Format: Hardback

Publication Date: 09/06/2015