Australian spring literary quotes

  While you would think a Melbourne spring should be filled with daffodils, longer evenings and fascinators in the Myer windows, we have had all that but with rain and cold as well. I found it really interesting that these quotes from Australian writers about spring focused on the whole spectrum from the sun and… Continue reading Australian spring literary quotes

Mothers and daughters – books and excursions

Mothers and daughters – this is a subject that has been extensively used in mediocre, sentimental movies and rather ordinary novels with family sagas but it is also the source of brilliant books, movies and plays. I’m back from a lovely long weekend trip to Sydney with Miss 10 and my Mum. As Miss 10… Continue reading Mothers and daughters – books and excursions

Interview – author Natasha Lester

I read Natasha Lester’s latest book, A kiss from Mr Fitzgerald, over two nights and sneaked in half a chapter here and there. Evie is a fascinating character in her own right, but when you add her culture – 1920s New York, medical school and the Ziegfeld Follies – you add another layer to her… Continue reading Interview – author Natasha Lester

The diver’s clothes lie empty – book review

This is the first time I’ve read a novel written in second person. I’ve read a couple of short stories written this way, and I’ve attempted to write one myself and failed miserably. The tutor in my online short story class and several of the other students told me it just didn’t work. Cate Kennedy… Continue reading The diver’s clothes lie empty – book review

98 and counting …

This year I have kept a tally of the books I have read. With three days to go until the end of the year, I am up to number 98, and I have every intention of reading my way to 100 books by midnight 2015. Silly isn’t it, to think that 100 books is somewhat… Continue reading 98 and counting …

Stories within stories

I read two books this week which had stories within stories, and saw a musical on Saturday night which had a story within a story. I love it – stories are fabulous enough but a story within a story is pure magic! Let me explain. Miss 9 put Angelica Bank’s Finding Serendipity on my bedside… Continue reading Stories within stories