2013, 603 p. One of my favourite podcasts is Revolutionspodcast.com. The presenter, Mike Duncan, is working his way through various revolutions in the world and I’ve gone along for the ride: The English Civil War, the French Revolution, the American … Continue reading ?
It’s profoundly depressing that this Quarterly Essay, released last week, should immediately trigger reference to the Same Sex Marriage survey being run through the ABS between September and November this year. This is because the initial ‘No’ case advertisement focussed … Continue reading ?
I seem to be on a bit of a Rooney Mara thing at the moment, having seen ‘Una’ the week after ‘A Ghost Story’. In Una, a young woman tracks down her neighbour who had sexually abused her as a … Continue reading ?
Josephine Wilson has won the Miles Franklin Prize with her book Extinctions. Dare I say “I told you so!”? [Scroll down the comments for a contribution from the author herself] Congratulations, Josephine. A well-deserved award.
2017, 239 p. & notes It’s a rather touching thought that even a historian as steeped in knowledge of World War I as military/social historian Peter Stanley could be inspired by a cache of Great War images. After all, his … Continue reading ?
This film seems to have been advertised for months and months at Cinema Nova (my favourite cinema). It’s such a daggy looking ghost, in its white sheet with cut-out eyes, and the audience (myself included) didn’t know whether to laugh … Continue reading ?
There’s a nice little art exhibition currently on show at the HATCH Contemporary Arts Space in Ivanhoe until 9 September. It’s called ‘States of Being- The Elemental Importance of Water’ and it features the work of nine artists, including the … Continue reading ?
1999, 352 P. Kate Atkinson is one of our favourite authors amongst The Ladies Who Say Oooh, a.k.a. my CAE bookgroup. We have read five of her books over the last ten years or so. I first encountered Kate Atkinson … Continue reading ...
I haven’t seen a spooky movie for ages. I don’t know if I like the experience of watching them – usually through my fingers as I have to cover my face – but it’s all good as long as … Continue reading ?
2015, 240 p& notes It might seem a bit strange, but I’m starting off this review at the very last chapter of this book, where Peter Stanley talks about a book that could well be seen as a forerunner of … Continue reading ?
2017, 256 p Translated from French Spoiler alert I felt uncomfortable and voyeuristic reading this book, but I couldn’t put it down either. It’s the way I felt when reading 3096 Days by kidnap victim Natascha Kampusch too (see my … Continue reading ?
I saw this ages ago, and didn’t get round to posting this short review. Its probably out on DVD by now. It’s not Lady Macbeth in the Shakespearean vein, but instead the film is based on the novella and … Continue reading ?
A pigeon-pair for Daphne du Maurier’s other well-known book/movie Rebecca, here we have a young man who is unsure whether his uncle’s wife is a tragic widow or an arch manipulator. Rachel Weisz is suitably enigmatic and your sympathies for … Continue reading ?
2017, 298 p. & notes This book is exactly what the title promises: a study of Helen Garner and her work. It’s not, and nor does it purport to be, a full biography but is instead a ‘literary portrait’, firmly … Continue reading ?
I’m off for a fortnight to Chile and Cuba. Think of it. A 61 year old woman. There by herself. Very rudimentary Spanish. What could possibly go wrong? Join my on my (mis)adventures at my other blog Land of Increasing … Continue reading ?
2017, 225p David Marr, the celebrated biographer, has proclaimed for himself the rule that “biographers should stay out of sight”. I suspect that he would be ‘tut-tutting’ the whole way through this book, because the biographer/author Kerrie Davies is very … Continue reading ?
Ugh. What possessed me to go and see this? I hate violent movies. Actually, I know why I did see it. Because it’s Australian (and I like to support local movies) and I heard that it garnered good reviews. It … Continue reading ?
There’s a little test you can do of your language skill against the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL). “I’ll try that with my Spanish!” I thought, only to end up thoroughly deflated at the realization that I … Continue reading ?
2017, 237 p. When I saw that this book was about Robert Louis Stevenson I wondered if I should just spend a little time googling around before I read it. I knew very little about him beyond ‘Treasure Island’ and … Continue reading ?
Set in Santa Barbara in 1979 this is a coming of age story told from the perspective of fifteen year old Jamie, whose single-mother Dorothea draws on the ‘village to raise a child’ metaphor when she feels at a … Continue reading ?