Our National Library :Australian children’s literature, so many memories.

Our younger daughter and our son both live in Canberra and we will be there in February.   I would like to pay a visit to the National Library as they have a wonderful exhibition on at the moment called Storytime. “Story Time is curated thematically, exploring common themes in Australian children’s literature. Below are some…

Peter Corris The Colonial Queen

Peter Corris is well known in Australia for his crime fiction series featuring Cliff Hardy. This novel is one of his historical fiction novels although it does also involve quite a bit of crime. 1886 Rosa Nightingale, prostitute, Lucas Ramsay, ex-soldier turned bandit, Stanley Stoneham, prizefighter, Alexander McPherson, alcoholic doctor, and Griffith Summerhill, police officer,…

A return to reading, the weather has been hot!

Here in Victoria we have had ten consecutive days with the temperature over 30 degrees. It is really too hot to do sewing or knitting or gardening so I have been to the movies and also done a bit of reading for a change. This delightful story was read very quickly and I thoroughly enjoyed…

Ten Australian books to read before you die.

Much as I dislike the ubiquity of “before you die” when talking about lists, I have used it here as it was the title of the First Tuesday Bookclub on the ABC last Tuesday night. I thought I would share the ten books with you.  Perhaps you have read them.  You will find each of…