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Book Reflections – The Harem Midwife by Roberta Rich

The Harem Midwife by Roberta Rich is set in Istanbul in the 16th Century at the height of the Ottoman Empire. It’s a page turner that is interesting and easy … Continue reading

March 11, 2019 · 4 Comments

Book Reflections – The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

This book continually surprised me. It is a well-constructed novel with an unreliable narrator. Ford Madox Ford wrote The Good Soldier when he was 40 years old. He applied the … Continue reading

March 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – Troubles by J.G. Farrell

J.G. Farrell wrote this excellent book in the 1970s. He was a great writer but died at only 44 years old when swept off a rock platform in Ireland while … Continue reading

March 1, 2019 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – Blue Ribbons Bitter Bread: Joice Loch, Australia’s Most Heroic Woman by Susanna de Vries

My blogger buddy Anna strongly recommended I read Blue Ribbons Bitter Bread: Joice Loch, Australia’s Most Heroic Woman by Susanna de Vries. Thank you Anna for the suggestion! How did … Continue reading

February 13, 2019 · 3 Comments

Book Reflections – The Eye of the Sheep by Sofie Laguna

When I was offered a copy of our January book for book group, The Eye of the Sheep by Sofie Laguna, I thought I should read it quickly and pass … Continue reading

February 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – The Happiest Refugee by Anh Do

Anh Do is a famous Australian comedian, writer and actor. He and his family escaped south Vietnam when the communist restrictions became tighter and more unbearable. Anh’s father and brothers … Continue reading

January 29, 2019 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – In Siberia by Colin Thubron

I love the work of Colin Thubron. In Siberia is a fascinating account of Thubron’s journey across Siberia in 1997. This is the fourth book by Thubron that I’ve enjoyed. … Continue reading

January 22, 2019 · 5 Comments

Book Reflections – The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson

I haven’t posted my reflections on a book in a while because I had a pleasantly busy Christmas break and didn’t do much reading. I’ve made up for that now … Continue reading

January 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Honeyman has an impressive vocabulary. A few times I looked up words, including comestible, anomie, and iconoclast. It was difficult to drag myself away from this gripping book to look … Continue reading

December 19, 2018 · 2 Comments

Book Reflections – Five Star Billionaire by Tash Aw

I went to a reading of Five Star Billionaire by Tash Aw at the excellent book shop Asia Bookroom in Canberra in May 2013. I enjoyed listening to Aw speak … Continue reading

December 17, 2018 · Leave a comment
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