Cassandra, by Kathryn Gossow

She dreams of plane crashes, earthquakes, tsunamis, bloody coups. She dreams of the stallion sweeping down the hill … . P. 197 Early on in the book, author Kathryn Gossow had instilled into me as a reader a sense of ‘foreboding’. But like Cassie trying to clarify her visions, I struggled to discern what the feeling of impending trouble was about? Would it concern Paulo, … Continue reading Cassandra, by Kathryn Gossow

Often A Bounder: The Tedette’s Jane Austen Book Club reads about Georgette Heyer’s Heroes

Thrilled by Jane Austen’s novels, the Tedettes Jane Austen Book Club looked about for more books on the Regency. Their house (like every house, surely) turned out to be a treasure trove of novels by Georgette Heyer.  They also got their paws on Jane Aiken Hodges biography,  The Private World of Georgette Heyer  (Chivers 1984 edition). Heroes Georgette Heyer created her heroes very deliberately.  In correspondence … Continue reading Often A Bounder: The Tedette’s Jane Austen Book Club reads about Georgette Heyer’s Heroes

Stars in the Night, by Clare Rhoden: A story of broken lives and enduring love

1970 in suburban Melbourne: ‘That was how it happened, thought Harry, feeling the memories rise; they were never far away .. Trusting you to remember, trusting you to do something about it. As if you could fix things, mend the dead, put the world back the way it was.’ And so we go back into Harry’s memories, into the seared experiences that gave him nightmares … Continue reading Stars in the Night, by Clare Rhoden: A story of broken lives and enduring love

Australia in 1942 as Described to Wartime USA

Nearly four score years ago thousands of Australian soldiers were captured in the fall of Singapore. Most of the remaining soldiers were fighting in North Africa. The total occupation of New Guinea had been halted, but only just, by the Battle of The Kokoda Track. The towns of the northern coast were being bombed* and invasion of Australian shores looked imminent. Britain was fully stretched … Continue reading Australia in 1942 as Described to Wartime USA

For Such A Time As This: My journey through cancer. How love and my cats sustained, fortified me, and helped take the pain away, by Pauline Dewberry

“I sat in stupefied silence .. How could I possibly have leukaemia? How did I get it? Why did I get it? Was I going to die? If so, when?” At the age of 56 Pauline Dewberry felt content with her life. She had sons and grandchildren, the company of six cats, projects and plans. Then she was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML). “Hold … Continue reading For Such A Time As This: My journey through cancer. How love and my cats sustained, fortified me, and helped take the pain away, by Pauline Dewberry

Nursing Fox by Jim Ditchfield: Nurses on the Western Front

You may have seen ‘1917’, a visual immersion in the hell of the Great War. The novel ‘Nursing Fox’ also takes you into that rain of death, and in particular, the struggle to save the wounded on the front line. Jim Ditchfield’s novel is a homage to the women who served as nurses on the Western Front. He says, ‘Although they performed a crucial role, … Continue reading Nursing Fox by Jim Ditchfield: Nurses on the Western Front