Now that the Christmas tree is taken down and chopped up, it’s time to admit that yes, Christmas is over, and turn my mind to 2017. I’ll be participating in the Australian Women Writers Challenge 2017 again and once again … Continue reading ?
This movie was nothing like I thought it would be. I knew that it was about a woman who was forwarded the draft of a book written by her ex-husband and dedicated to her. On reading it, she came to … Continue reading ?
At a time when our government is sending out computer-generated demands for repayments of debts that may or may not be owed by Newstart clients, every member of Parliament should be made to sit down and watch this film. “Just … Continue reading ?
There’s a couple of derelict mansions in Clarendon Street. When I first read about the neglect of Valetta, I thought that it was the increasingly ramshackle mansion down near Alexandra Pde that I had assumed that belonged to the Pullman … Continue reading ?
I’ve seen this described as a ‘Neo-Western’ which is what it is, I suppose, with lots of shoot-em-up and Texan drawls that are almost incomprehensible to my little Aussie ears. But it’s more than this. Set in a dry, featureless … Continue reading ?
Twelfth Night Well, it was the week after New Year and some people celebrated Twelfth Night (which I gather is more significant in England than it is here in Australia). Twelfth Cakes were available from Mr Burgin the pastrycook in … Continue reading ?
192 p. 2016 As part of my nostalgic after-glow from seeing Eight Days a Week, I snapped up this book at my library when I saw it on the New Non Fiction shelves. It features beautifully clear photographs that were … Continue reading...
2015, 269 P. One of the problems with a media-savvy author who travels the world promoting his book is that by the time you get round to reading it, you feel as if you’ve already done so. This was the … Continue reading ?
In 1842, there wasn’t the extended January break that we now enjoy. Instead, things returned pretty much to normal after New Year. But let’s just laze around a bit longer for this first week of the year 1842. I did … Continue reading ?
283 p & notes, 2014 I’m not quite sure how Helen Macdonald managed to interweave a detailed and rather technical book about training a goshawk with a clear-eyed description of a profound grief that almost tipped into madness. But manage … Continue reading ?
Of course, Port Phillip celebrated Christmas on 25 December, along with the rest of the British Empire. In 1841, 25 December was a Saturday, thus providing a two-day holiday. It’s a sobering reminder of the rarity of holidays in the … Continue reading ?
(1962, 183 P) I read this as part of the Coursera course that I’ve been following on Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I read the book in English (of course!) but the online course that analyses the books is in Spanish. There’s … Continue reading ?
These are the books that I read for the 2016 Australian Women Writers Challenge. I had great intentions of reading more history books written by female historians but I only read five. I seem to have read more memoirs than … Continue reading ?
2016, 180p. I must confess that it took me some time to work out that the subject of this small novella is Dimitri Shostavkovich. In the first part of the book, Shostakovich is an unnamed ‘he’, waiting by the lift … Continue reading...
2012, 345 p. As it happened, I read this book with my bookgroup (AKA The Ladies Who Say Oooh) just as the movie was released. No doubt I’ll see the movie about two minutes before it closes, when it’s down … Continue reading ?
302 pages & abundant illustrations and photographs, 2000. The artist and matriarch of a clutch of artistic Mora sons, Mirka Mora is a Melbourne institution. Earthy, twinkly and eccentric, she often pops up on documentaries to provide a bit of … Continue reading ?
Makes me proud to be a Melburnian. Although strictly speaking it’s ‘smashed avo’, not avocado toast. http://www.eater.com/2016/12/19/13986438/melbourne-restaurants-avocado-toast
The Tasmanians, ‘the Van Diemen’s Land Blacks’, ‘Robinson’s Blacks’ The newspapers during this week were dominated by the trial of Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheener which was heard before Judge Willis on 15 December 1841. The women were acquited, leaving just the … Continue reading ?
2016, 380 p. Literary debuts don’t come much bigger than Hannah Kent’s Burial Rites, the story of the last woman hanged in Iceland in 1829. An international best-seller, recipient of multiple awards, the first of a million dollar two-book contract … Continue reading ?
A night at the Debating Society The December meeting of the Debating Society turned its attention to the rivetting question “Whether the conduct of Elizabeth was justifiable towards Mary Queen of Scots”( which strikes me as a particularly irrelevant question … Continue reading ?