Songlines, The Sentinels of Eden Book 1, by Carolyn Denman

I got four angry strides away before Harry changed the course of my life with six easy words. “Can you hear the river crying?” Lainie, Ch. 8 From Back Cover Description: ‘In the heart of the Wimmera region of Victoria, an ancient gateway to Eden is kept hidden and safe by a creature so powerful that even the moon would obey her commands – at least it … Continue reading Songlines, The Sentinels of Eden Book 1, by Carolyn Denman

Foley Russel and That Poor Girl, by Rebecca Bloomer

A million questions pour into my head.  What IS that up your nose? Does it hurt? What’s wrong with you? Are you dying? What happens when you sneeze? I ask the most polite of them. ‘What’s your name’? ‘Lily Ashford’. ‘Foley Russel.’ I shake her white, white hand. She feels surprisingly normal’. P. 15 ‘When Foley Russel is assigned to do a book report and to meet … Continue reading Foley Russel and That Poor Girl, by Rebecca Bloomer

Subliminal Dust, by Pooja Mittal: Poetry from Odyssey Books

Silence is never silent so long as there is a listening ear. (Back cover of book.) After four readings of Subliminal Dust I am still finding lines to enjoy afresh and differently. The poems bring out voices in movements, whispers amid chaos, sounds trapped in small rocks, the stretching voids of unspoken emotions, terribly pale silences. There is music in this triangle, as in a shell … Continue reading Subliminal Dust, by Pooja Mittal: Poetry from Odyssey Books

The Way Home: Ashes of Olympus, Bk 1, by Julian Barr

‘The gods give no more than you can bear. The unfriendly sea shall be your road. A new homeland lies far across the roaring waves’. Kruesa’s ghost to Aeneas, p.44 The first lines of The Way Home plunge us into the night a civilisation was turned to ashes. The Greeks raze Troy.  Trojan leaders are cut down. After trying in vain to save King Priam, young … Continue reading The Way Home: Ashes of Olympus, Bk 1, by Julian Barr

The Mirror Image of Sound, by Dan Djurdevic

The Mirror Image of Sound, A Novel Written in Real Timegives us several levels to absorb in one book: the portrait of a failed marriage, martial arts action, workplace and domestic bullying, a philosophy and possible science of alternate worlds, or parellel lives, if you like; and there is even a romance. It would become a classic of it’s kind but only for the fact … Continue reading The Mirror Image of Sound, by Dan Djurdevic

The Drago Tree, by Isobel Blackthorn: A novel set on Lanzarote, available in both Spanish and English

After the slow motion collapse of her marriage Anne seeks refuge on the jagged island of Lanzarote, one of the Canary Islands off Africa. Wounded, introspective, prickly – like the Drago tree of the title – Anne broods about her past, trying through writing in her notebook to exorcize the ghosts of her husband and troubled sister. She meets the novelist Richard . He lives … Continue reading The Drago Tree, by Isobel Blackthorn: A novel set on Lanzarote, available in both Spanish and English

Mud and Glass, by Laura E Goodin

‘Everything is Geography.’ Ty Kornotz, professor of, yes, geography. Mud and Glass by Laura E Goodin, an affectionate satire of the academic world, is asludge with villians oozing about in layers even more murky than the Purple Bay Mud Flats. Unwittingly, Dr Celeste Carlucci, while researching the odd behaviour of those flats, becomes the target of everyone who thinks she can help them find the … Continue reading Mud and Glass, by Laura E Goodin