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…

What does the sky look like at your place?

The novel I have just finished is called Not the Same Sky which is an apt title for the book  as the sky in Australia was not the same as the one the female orphans had left in Ireland when they were shipped to Australia in1849. This is another of my books for the Historical…

Mesmerism, mystery and murder

My first book in the Historical Fiction Challenge is The Mesmerist by Barbara Ewing. I am not sure where I obtained this book but it is second-hand as it has the price $7 on the inside cover, the price on the back of the book is $33.99.  I think I may have been given it…

Paris then and now. . .a gift

This delightful book was given to me by my husband. I think he knows how much I want to spend a week in Paris. 🙂 Each double page spread gives two images of the same scene in Paris, one from the past and one from the present. Some of the places have changed very little…

Tuesday travels now in the U.K.. . .Colchester

After our short stay in Normandy we headed across the Channel to the UK.  My husband, who enjoys history, had expressed a desire to visit Colchester, Britain’s first Roman city, and so it was that we spent our first night there. What a revelation it was to me.  I am no history buff but I…