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

Are you going to see the movie ‘1917’, a visual immersion in the hell of the Great War? ‘Nursing Fox’ is a novel that immerses you in the mud, the chaos, the killing machinery, and the air fights of that 1914-1918 war. It is mainly told from the point of view of the nurses, in this case from Australia, who served so close to the … Continue reading Nursing Fox by Jim Ditchfield: Nurses on the Western Front

Seven Ghostly Spins – A brush with the supernatural, by Patricia Bossano

‘When isolated from the bustle of civilisation, the mind slips unfettered.’ Seven Ghostly Spins contains six paranormal tales that are short enough to read during a commuter ride to work. (But will you then feel a bit too disturbed to carry on as usual that day?) One tale, ‘Abiku’, is a creepy novella perhaps best read when safely at home with the lights turned on. … Continue reading Seven Ghostly Spins – A brush with the supernatural, by Patricia Bossano

A Bear Wouldn’t Do That: Plastics, Yuk.

Mawson’s Guardian says: There are all kinds of things that your bear and mine would never do. Sadly, they are things that People do anyway. Our Professor Cadbury Bear, Gustave and Bomund look at the news when no-one is looking. And too often the things they see are things they wish they hadn’t. Here Professor Caddy stumbles on news about the Artic. “That much plastic … Continue reading A Bear Wouldn’t Do That: Plastics, Yuk.

When No One Is Watching, by Linathi Makanda: Aching poems of love and hurt

The poetry of Linathi Makanda is both universal and about searing personal experiences. I think each reader will find something here that particularly resonates for themselves. Often poems can each be read as stand alone experiences whether or not they are linked with others. This compilation cries out to be read as one poem and journey. ‘Love Rising’ The four parts begin with ‘Love Rising’ … Continue reading When No One Is Watching, by Linathi Makanda: Aching poems of love and hurt

Who is this Writer-Bear named Mawson? He is a pondering author for our befuddled times

Do you sometimes feel a bit muddled about, well, Things ? Sometimes rather ruffled when Things just go and, well, Happen ? Sometimes feel confused one moment and completely baffled the next? It’s not easy being Grownup. All this business of having to be sophisticated and industrious all day long! It just wears you down. But when you arrive in Mawson’s cosy world, the frazzled … Continue reading Who is this Writer-Bear named Mawson? He is a pondering author for our befuddled times

Books With Pictures In Them: Of course they are for Grownups

Everyone loves pictures. Seen the ‘motion pictures’ lately? Watched the telly? Got prints up on your walls? Of course! We crave pictures. Why then the bizarre notion that Books With Pictures In Them are only for little people? Illustrated books are for GROWNUPS too. And when you buy such a book you get to enjoy the skill and craft of the writer and also of … Continue reading Books With Pictures In Them: Of course they are for Grownups