The Den of Nargun

One of the books read by students during my teaching years was The Nargun and the Stars.  The reason I mention this is we did the walk to the Den of Nargun with some of our grandchildren during the Christmas holidays.  I had walked with our two other grandchildren when they were much younger and…

I don’t enjoy reading in large print.

The Life to Come by Michelle de Kretser was a very different read for me.  The many and varied characters kept me on my toes throughout the read.“Set in Australia, France, and Sri Lanka, The Life to Come is about the stories we tell and don’t tell ourselves as individuals, as societies, and as nations….

Love the title of this book.

I love the title of this book but when I read the book and found this particular sentence I had an incredible feeling of sadness. Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? is a memoir about a life’s work to find happiness. It’s a book full of stories: about a girl locked out of…

A fictional woman or fictional women?

I have recently finished reading a non-fiction book by the crime-fiction writer Tara Moss. She has written several crime-fiction novels and is a successful writer of fiction.  I have read several of her crime fiction novels and I have now read her first non-fiction book which is called The Fictional Woman. Tara Moss has worn…

Recent reads, part 1

It seems ages since I last posted about the books I have read so this one is a catch up post on those books I have read since The Name of the Rose. This is one I bought when I was in Melbourne with my younger daughter.  I had said I wasn’t going to buy…

The wing of night was an unusual title

This novel won the Nita Kibble Literary Award in 2006. From the book cover: In 1915 a troopship of Light Horsemen sails from Fremantle for the Great War.  Two women farewell their men: Elizabeth, with her background of careless wealth, and Bonnie, who is marked by the anxieties of poverty.  Neither can predict how the…