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 in the book author Kathryn Gossow had instilled into me a sense of ‘foreboding’. Like Cassie trying to clarify her visions, I struggled to discern what the feeling of impending trouble was about? Would it concern Paulo, or Athena, or a secret … Continue reading Cassandra, by Kathryn Gossow

‘Chekov’s Three Sisters Would Have Got To Moscow’. Notes on Georgette Heyer

The Tedettes Jane Austen Book Club are now engrossed in the novels of the Queen of Regency Romance, Georgette Heyer. They have learned more about their heroine from Jane Aiken Hodges biography. It’s called The Private World of Georgette Heyer (Quotes from the Chivers 1984 edition). Hodge’s Foreword: “She was .. an immensely skilled and meticulous craftswoman. She did her best to conceal her high … Continue reading ‘Chekov’s Three Sisters Would Have Got To Moscow’. Notes on Georgette Heyer

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). Read about their discovery here. Heroes Georgette Heyer created her … 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

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

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

Twilight, Dusk, Mirrors, Dreams: Tales by Dan Djurdjevic

‘To sleep, perchance to dream- ay, there’s the rub.’ Hamlet (III, i, 65-68) For when you are dreaming, you will wake. You assume. But what sort of waking will it be? I think we have all experienced at some time that dread, dripping, crushing sense of fighting our way back up from .. something .. out from .. something. And to emerge as though breaking … Continue reading Twilight, Dusk, Mirrors, Dreams: Tales by Dan Djurdjevic

The Dark Poet, by Kathryn Gossow

The book’s dedication: For all the girls who loved a boy they shouldn’t have, and all the broken boys that heal’. A homeless man gets breakfast. A woman plucks limes in her garden. A student and his girlfriend run into an old school acquaintance. Ordinary days and lives. But these eight interlinked stories soon slide us toward brooding hearts, deceit, addiction, and the shadows of … Continue reading The Dark Poet, by Kathryn Gossow

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

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

Altaica, Book 1 in the Chronicles of Altaica, by Tracy M. Joyce

Your reviewer made a classic blunder when buying Book One of the Chronicles of  Altaica: not getting Books Two and Three at the same time. And I made another blunder on opening it for ‘just a quick look’ at lunchtime. I was embroiled in desperate situations on page 38 before realising I was way late for work. Quick peeks are not going to work for you … Continue reading Altaica, Book 1 in the Chronicles of Altaica, by Tracy M. Joyce