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Book Reflections – The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint by Brady Udall

Brady Udall has shown a wonderful talent in writing this captivating and unique novel. He sits alongside J.D. Salinger, Lionel Shriver and D.B.C. Pierre in creating a believable teenage boy … Continue reading

November 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – Silent House by Orhan Pamuk

Nobel prize-winning author Orhan Pamuk is incredibly gifted. My Name is Red is a very dense book that often lost me in its intricate details about miniature painting in the … Continue reading

November 9, 2017 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – On Horseback Through Asia Minor by Fred Burnaby 

The book opens in the characteristic way of Burnaby’s writing, without any introduction, that I found in A Ride to Khiva. Frederick Burnaby wrote this book about his thousand-mile winter journey … Continue reading

October 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – Love and War in the Apennines by Eric Newby

Eric Newby was captured in the sea off the coast from Catania after failing to find his submarine after a special mission to sabotage German aircraft in 1942. He was … Continue reading

October 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

Memories from my childhood – My first bike

There wasn’t any flat ground on our farm so I was late learning to ride a bicycle. I was aware that I was the only kid at school that couldn’t ride. When … Continue reading

October 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – The Bay of Noon by Shirley Hazzard

Have you heard of Shirley Hazzard? I hadn’t but I saw a slim paperback with an attractive cover at the library with the following quote “One of the greatest writers … Continue reading

October 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

Memories from my childhood – Paralysis ticks

When we moved into the shed on our farm we had a sweet small dog named Rosie. I can remember Rosie lovingly following my father around while we walked up … Continue reading

October 5, 2017 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joël Dicker

I heard of Swiss novelist Joël Dicker on the BBC World Book Club episode about his very successful novel The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair. When I saw the English translation … Continue reading

September 27, 2017 · 4 Comments

Book Reflections – The Elephant’s Journey by José Saramago

I read the English translation by Margaret Jull Costa of José Saramago’s historical novel The Elephant’s Journey. I don’t know what the original Portuguese version is like but the English … Continue reading

September 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Memories from my childhood – 12V television

Before leaving Norway I was invited to a BBQ with 5 Norwegians and one other Australian. The Norwegians all speak perfect English and we all laughed a lot. Towards the … Continue reading

September 21, 2017 · Leave a comment