Category: Books

Book Review: Am I Black Enough For You, Anita Heiss

Book Review: Am I Black Enough For You, Anita Heiss

| 29 January , 2013 | Reply

Anita Heiss was born to an Austrian father and Aboriginal mother, and yet has always considered herself to be “Wiradjuri” (an Aboriginal tribe originating in Southern New South Wales, around Wagga Wagga). However, she has often been faced with torment and questioning of her background, with people claiming that she is not “black enough.” One […]

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Book Review: Two Weeks Notice, Rachel Caine

Book Review: Two Weeks Notice, Rachel Caine

| 29 January , 2013 | Reply

For most people, dying is pretty permanent. For Bryn Davis, however, an experimental drug known as “Returne” gives her a second shot at life. But coming back to life is not the gift many would believe; after all, everything comes with a cost. Working at a funeral home and helping to run a support group […]

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Book Review: Sweet Talk, Julie Garwood

Book Review: Sweet Talk, Julie Garwood

| 22 January , 2013 | Reply

Sweet Talk, is just the kind of fast paced, romantic thriller that readers have come to expect from Julie Garwood. Protagonist Olivia Mackenzie is a tough talking IRS agent and attorney, who isn’t afraid of stepping on powerful toes if it means putting away the bad guys and taking care of the underdog. Estranged from […]

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Book Review: Second Chances, Charity Norman

Book Review: Second Chances, Charity Norman

| 22 January , 2013 | Reply

The peace of a sleepy New Zealand town is shattered one night when Martha McNamara’s son is suddenly airlifted out of town in the dead of the night. Suffering what looks like a horrible accidental fall has resulted in severe internal injuries. The event leaves Martha so shaken that she immediately wants to move her […]

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Book Review: Whispers Underground, Ben Aaronovitch

Book Review: Whispers Underground, Ben Aaronovitch

| 22 January , 2013 | Reply

Travellers be prepared: you may never want to trek to London after reading this story. Ben Aaronovitch’s third continuation of the DC Peter Grant Novel’s, Whispers Underground, is spookily exciting and gripping read. When Peter Grant, member of New Scotland Yard’s new magical branch, is called to look for a ghost in the Baker Street […]

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Book Review: Lace, Shirley Conran

Book Review: Lace, Shirley Conran

| 18 January , 2013 | 1 Reply

When a novel begins with a back room abortion on a 13 year old girl, you know the author isn’t mucking around. Lace by Shirley Conran was a blockbuster or ‘bonkbuster’ of the 1980s and a seminal work in women’s fiction. The novel follows the lives of five women – Maxine, Pagan, Kate and Judy […]

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Book Review: Lola Bensky, Lily Brett

Book Review: Lola Bensky, Lily Brett

| 18 January , 2013 | 1 Reply

Lola Bensky is young and fat. She interviews Jimi Hendrix, Cher and Mama Cass for a living. She’s in London and Los Angeles, in the hurricane of the music industry in the late 60s. Later in life she will be plagued by anxieties and crippling confidence issues. Both of her parents are Holocaust survivors and […]

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Book Review: Trust Your Eyes, Linwood Barclay

Book Review: Trust Your Eyes, Linwood Barclay

| 18 January , 2013 | Reply

Trust Your Eyes, is a must-read thriller by #1 International Bestselling author Linwood Barclay. Ray Killbride, a freelance illustrator and all-round ordinary guy, has just returned to his family home after the unexpected death of his father, to take care of his father’s affairs and find a solution for the problem that is his mentally […]

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Book Review: The Wedding Season, Su Dharmapala

Book Review: The Wedding Season, Su Dharmapala

| 17 January , 2013 | Reply

Shani is 32, has a great job and owns her own home in Melbourne, but – much to her mother’s disappointment – Shani is also single, but she’s really happy! Just as the Sri Lankan wedding season begins, the stars align and Shani’s horoscope reveals that now is the right get married! After a lot […]

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Book Review: House of Memories, Monica McInerney

Book Review: House of Memories, Monica McInerney

| 15 January , 2013 | Reply

If you’re a fan of Monica McInerney, you’ll want to read “The House of Memories.”  And you should read it. It’s almost textbook McInerney style/characters/plot/outcome. If you’ve not read any of Monica’s previous works, this is NOT the place to start. (Personally, I’d recommend “A Taste for It” or “At Home with the Templetons” as […]

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Book Review: Wentworth Hall, Abby Grahame

Book Review: Wentworth Hall, Abby Grahame

| 15 January , 2013 | Reply

The year is 1912 and Maggie Darlington has just returned for a trip abroad to her family home of Wentworth Hall, only now it appears she is an entirely different person. No longer the spirited and confiding girl she once was, her family would be remiss to notice the change in her demeanour—especially Maggie’s younger […]

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