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Book Reflections – In the Wake by Per Petterson

I recently returned to Australia after a two year posting to Norway. While there I read about the Sámi people, the culture, about Norwegian history, travel stories and some fiction (Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson). … Continue reading

January 15, 2018 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – The Way to Paradise by Mario Vargas Llosa

Mario Vargas Llosa won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2010. When I saw a novel by this Peruan author at the Lifeline book fair in the section of international … Continue reading

January 11, 2018 · 5 Comments

Book Reflections – Riding the Iron Rooster by Paul Theroux

I enjoyed reading Dark Star Safari by Paul Theroux. I didn’t much enjoy Pillars of Hercules. I’m yet to read the Great Railway Bazaar and the Patagonian Express. Most recently I … Continue reading

December 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

Street art in Woden, Canberra, Australia 

We have moved back to Canberra, Australia after two glorious years on my expatriate assignment in Trondheim, Norway. We had started to think of Trondheim as home and we were … Continue reading

December 20, 2017 · 3 Comments

Book Reflections – The Story of the Lost Child

This is the final book in the series by Elena Ferrante about the friendship between Elena and Lila, growing up in Naples, love, motherhood, marriage, and poverty. You can read … Continue reading

December 5, 2017 · Leave a comment

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