Category: Books

Book Review: Purple Roads, Fleur McDonald

Book Review: Purple Roads, Fleur McDonald

| 18 April , 2012 | Reply

Purple Roads by Fleur McDonald is set amongst the tight knit farming communities of South Australia. Matt and Anna are real Aussie battlers. They\’ve worked hard to build up their farm, but five years of drought have put them on struggle street and made them cut costs to the bone. When Matt has a terrible […]

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Book Review: Dead Actually, Kaz Delaney

Book Review: Dead Actually, Kaz Delaney

| 18 April , 2012 | Reply

JoJo, the cool queen of mean at Ruth Throsby Private High School is dead, her car wrapped around a tree. And Willow Cartwright who had been working her charity shift at the drive-through was the last person to see her alive. The tragedy causes unexpected reactions amongst the Angels, JoJo\’s group of designer-label obsessed acolytes […]

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Book Review: Stella Makes Good, Lisa Heidke

Book Review: Stella Makes Good, Lisa Heidke

| 10 April , 2012 | 1 Reply

Stella Makes Good by Lisa Heidke is the perfect combination of conflicts, romance and suburban living. Central character Stella and her friends Carly and Jesse are riding life’s roller-coaster when one night, all their lives are turned upside down. Stella works full-time at the local library and is dealing with her recent amicable separation from […]

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Book Review: Lady Almina & The Real Downton Abbey, The Countess of Carnarvon

Book Review: Lady Almina & The Real Downton Abbey, The Countess of Carnarvon

| 5 April , 2012 | Reply

For fans of history and the recent TV series ‘Downton Abbey\’, Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle is a fascinatingly good read. It is written with great authority by the present Lady Fiona, the 8th Countess of Carnarvon about Highclere Castle, a grand Victorian Gothic revival pile in […]

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Book Review: The Ghoul Next Door and Where There’s a Wolf, There’s a Way, Lisi Harrison

Book Review: The Ghoul Next Door and Where There’s a Wolf, There’s a Way, Lisi Harrison

| 4 April , 2012 | Reply

The second and third books in the Monster High series, The Ghoul Next Door and Where There\’s A Wolf, There\’s A Way, are heaps of fun. As this Mattel franchise has a number of components, the reader might initially doubt the merit of the books. However, the books are well structured and highly entertaining. Lisi […]

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Book Review: Die For Me, Amy Plum

Book Review: Die For Me, Amy Plum

| 3 April , 2012 | Reply

Die for Me, by Amy Plum, is romantic and intriguing with strong gothic elements: feuds and duels, museums, bridges over the Seine and mansions hidden by high walls. Combined with the modern touches of the Metro, little cafes and hot clubs, the book\’s setting of Paris forms a thrilling backdrop. After the death of their […]

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Book Review: Mad Women, The Other Side of Life on Madison Avenue in the 1960s and Beyond, Jane Maas

Book Review: Mad Women, The Other Side of Life on Madison Avenue in the 1960s and Beyond, Jane Maas

| 3 April , 2012 | Reply

You\’ve no doubt heard of the hit TV series, ‘Mad Men,\’ about the hip, over-sexed, heavy drinking, long-lunching, advertising men of Madison Avenue, New York. Now, Jane Maas has written her version of life in advertising in a book called Mad Women.  A rarer breed and repressed these women may have been but, by Jane\’s […]

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Book Review: The Chemistry of Tears, Peter Carey

Book Review: The Chemistry of Tears, Peter Carey

| 30 March , 2012 | Reply

Peter Carey\’s latest book, The Chemistry of Tears, is a story of love and loss, passion and mystery. Catherine Gehrig is an horologist; single, elegant, apparently leading a quiet and orderly life as befits a scientist whose days are spent restoring clocks in the Swinburne Museum. But then a colleague dies.  Matthew Tindall, the love […]

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Book Review: The Rescue of Belle and Sundance, Birgit Stutz & Lawrence Scanlan

Book Review: The Rescue of Belle and Sundance, Birgit Stutz & Lawrence Scanlan

| 30 March , 2012 | Reply

In the alps of British Columbia, the winters are long and cold. The snow cover is 6 feet of powder, for months at a time. So if you think of how two abandoned horses could firstly, survive in those conditions for 4 weeks, and then be rescued and walked out of their snowy prison in […]

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Book Review: The Legacy of Hartlepool Hall, Paul Torday

Book Review: The Legacy of Hartlepool Hall, Paul Torday

| 27 March , 2012 | Reply

Ed, heir to the Hartlepool estate and title, is swimming and sunning himself in the south of France five years after his father’s death, in the opening to Paul Torday’s latest novel, The Legacy of Hartlepool Hall. He is suddenly recalled to his British estates by a letter from his butler informing him that his […]

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Book Review: Seizure, Kathy Reichs

Book Review: Seizure, Kathy Reichs

| 25 March , 2012 | Reply

Seizure is the second novel in the Virals series by Kathy Reichs. Picking up a couple of months after Virals, the pack are still coping with their transformation and trying to get control over their flares. But then Tory receives some news that could permanently separate her from her friends: Loggerhead Island is going to […]

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