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

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

The Ivory Gate: Bk II of the Ashes of Olympus, by Julian Barr

‘This is no game ..  Zeus means for the Trojan bloodline to join that of the Latins. His empire will mean starvation for all gods. Go now. Shatter the peace, turn brother against brother.’ Hera to Athena and Ares.  In The Way Home, the first book of The Ashes of Olympus trilogy, the survivors of Troy flee the Greeks and take to the wind dark sea to … Continue reading The Ivory Gate: Bk II of the Ashes of Olympus, by Julian Barr