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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

Book Reflections – The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt

A lot has already been written about happiness and living the good life. Jonathan Haidt is very well placed to write about happiness and this is the best book that … Continue reading

September 19, 2017 · 9 Comments

Book Reflections – Country Driving by Peter Hessler

Peter Hessler worked in China from 2000 to 2007 for The New Yorker but he had already moved to China in 1996 with the Peace Corps. He applied for and … Continue reading

September 12, 2017 · 2 Comments

Memories from my childhood – Snakes in the chook shed

It was my job to feed our chooks (hens, rooster and chicks) every afternoon, clean the water bowl, collect the eggs, lock the chooks into the chook shed every evening … Continue reading

September 10, 2017 · Leave a comment