You Can’t Go It Alone, by Jessie Cahalin

Jessie Cahalin’s delightful read gives us the ‘ordinary’ worry-wracked decisions and moments of joy in the everyday lives in the village of Delfryn. Each character tries hard to convince themselves they can handle their problems, but none seem able to really go it alone. Then, can any of us? Jim is haunted by the loss of his son and wife. Could the visits of little … Continue reading You Can’t Go It Alone, by Jessie Cahalin

The Girl Under The Olive Tree, and Anzac Fury: Two stories of the Battle of Crete

I read three books concerning Crete this month. First, Swallows Dance by Wendy Orr, set in the Bronze Age. Then I read in tandem both a novel and a history on what happened from 1941 to 1945 to the Cretan population, and to others caught up in the invasion and occupation, including soldiers and resistance fighters of Crete, Greece, Italy, Germany, Britain, Australia and New … Continue reading The Girl Under The Olive Tree, and Anzac Fury: Two stories of the Battle of Crete

Swallows Dance, by Wendy Orr

From the back cover: ‘Leira is starting her initiation as a priestess when her world is turned upside down. A violent earthquake leaves her home in pieces. And the goddess hasn’t finished with the island yet.’ 1625 BCE (Before Common Era), the thriving Minoan civilisation of Crete extended out to the volcanic island of Thera. The earthquakes at this time were followed by one of … Continue reading Swallows Dance, by Wendy Orr

Battle Gaming by Terence Wise: Reflections on table top wargaming

Fifty years ago when this world was young, your correspondent’s hobby was War Gaming. I don’t mean shootups on a screen at implausible digitalised foes. There were no screens: we’re talking about the dark ages here. No, this War Gaming was played out with regiments of miniature figurines on a table covered in green paint or cloth and set up with ‘terrain’ cobbled together from … Continue reading Battle Gaming by Terence Wise: Reflections on table top wargaming

A Perfect Square, by Isobel Blackthorn

From the book’s cover: When pianist Ginny Smith moves back to her mother’s house in Sassafras after her breakup with the degenerate Garth .. eccentric artist Harriet Brassington-Smythe is beside herself and contrives a creative collaboration to lift her daughter’s spirits: an exhibition of paintings and songs … As Ginny tries to prise the truth of her father’s disappearance from a tight-lipped Harriet, both are … Continue reading A Perfect Square, by Isobel Blackthorn

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