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 ?
2014, 219 p. I was prompted to read this book as part of Lisa’s Indigenous Literature Week at ANZLitLovers. I’ve read several books by Tony Birch previously, one a novel Blood and the other, Shadowboxing a series of linked short … Continue reading ?
Some may find it hard to believe, but I’ve never watched Downton Abbey, and so my credulity was not stretched in seeing Hugh Bonneville play Lord Mountbatten in this film. I would have scoffed at Gillian Anderson’s cut-glass accent too, … Continue reading ?
2006, 245 p. When reading this book I found myself thinking of Ian McEwan’s Atonement or L.P. Hartley’s The Go-Between. An odd connection to make, in many ways, with their golden summers and racketty affluence. Late 1970s Libya does not … Continue reading ?
Melbourne has hosted Rare Book Week between 30 June and 9 July 2017 (an extended week, it seems). As is my usual practice, I missed most of it. It was a beautiful sunny winter’s day on Friday so we popped … Continue reading ?
You might remember that during May there had been the trial of the Plenty Valley Bushrangers and having been found guilty, three of the four remaining bushrangers were sentenced to hang (one was killed during capture). Even though Judge Willis … Continue reading ?
2016, 243 p The reviewing cycle for a much-talked-about book seems to move so quickly that, after a few months, everything seems to have been already said and people are moving onto the next new much-talked-about book. So I come- … Continue reading ?
The University of Newcastle has a fantastic new site showing colonial massacres on the frontier in Eastern Australia. You can access it at https://c21ch.newcastle.edu.au/colonialmassacres/ The map shows the approximate location of massacres of both indigenous people and settlers in the … Continue reading ?
In my report for April 1842 I mentioned that a three-month licence had been granted for the performance of amateur theatricals at the Pavilion Theatre (also known as the Theatre Royal). There was always official squeamishness about the raffishness of … Continue reading ?
I really enjoyed this brilliantly cast movie. I’m always attracted to films set in the Blitz, and this had it all- laughter, a little tear, some feminist bolshyness and a good sense of fun about propaganda, images and the meaning … Continue reading ?
2010, 438 p. Like all good titles, the title ‘The Legacy’ is a double-barrelled one. It could refer to the unexpected financial bequest that sets the chain of events in this novel into action, or it could refer to the … Continue reading ?
A friend recommended this, and I was wondering how I’d like it as she is very art-minded and I’m not. The late Brett Whiteley has been in the news recently because of a courtcase which rested on whether some paintings … Continue reading ?
2016, 256 p Written by the author of one of my favourite books (This Side of Brightness) this is a really strong collection, comprising a novella and three short stories. Each one of them is memorable in its own way. The … Continue reading ?
2017, 736 p It’s been a while since I last read a book by Joyce Carol Oates. What a prolific author she is! Her bibliography lists 41 titles, with one book published each year since 1994. Some of them are … Continue reading ?
Abdullahi Jama and Kate Shaw: ‘Why do we need social mix?’ An analysis of an Australian inner-city public housing estate redevelopment Available at : http://www.smh.com.au/cqstatic/gwsjcu/JamaAndShawReport.pdf If not longer available, try here: JamaAndShawReport Newspapers often use an academic or commissioned report … Continue reading ?
The memorial in 2005. Image source: Wikimedia So, I see from a report in the Guardian (16/6/17) and on the Honest History website that the Ataturk memorial in Turkey is undergoing ‘refurbishment’. Australians have often felt a warm inner … Continue reading ?
Hurry! The excellent ‘Love: Art of Emotion’ exhibition closes at the NGV on 18 June 2017. Yes, once again I’ve failed to blog about something until it’s about to close – sorry. This free exhibition is on the ground floor … Continue reading ?