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Book Reflections – Preservation by Jock Serong

Preservation by Jock Serong is set in south eastern Australia in 1797, during early colonial times. Three starving, bedraggled shipwreck survivors are rescued and brought to Sydney town. Amazingly the … Continue reading

June 28, 2020 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – Scrublands by Chris Hammer

Scrublands by Chris Hammer is the captivating story of a traumatised journalist sent to write about a depressed Australian town on the one year anniversary of a mass shooting. I … Continue reading

June 1, 2020 · 4 Comments

Book Reflections – The Weekend by Charlotte Wood

The Weekend by Charlotte Wood is about four friends. Sylvie has died and her dear friends Jude, Wendy and Adele go to her beach house to prepare it for sale. … Continue reading

May 8, 2020 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – Ghost River by Tony Birch

Ghost River by Tony Birch slowly drew me in then held me captivated. Set in a disadvantaged part of Collingwood, Melbourne, Australia, in the early 1970s, it portrays one year … Continue reading

May 3, 2020 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis

Zorba the Greek follows a young author and a man, in his late-middle age, he just met and engaged to work for him, on a boat ride to Crete. The … Continue reading

April 25, 2020 · 2 Comments

Book Reflections – The First Man by Albert Camus

Albert Camus was an incredible writer who died young in an automobile accident. An unfinished manuscript was found in the wreckage of the car. The First Man is that manuscript, … Continue reading

March 29, 2020 · 5 Comments

Book Reflections – The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein is highly rated on Goodreads. I don’t recall why I requested it from the library but it was nice to … Continue reading

March 6, 2020 · 3 Comments

Book Reflections – Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie

When I see the name Kamila Shamsie, I feel a thrill of anticipation. Burnt Shadows was haunting and Kartography was lovely. Home Fire was just as captivating as I’d hoped. … Continue reading

March 1, 2020 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – No and Me by Delphine de Vigan

Lou is a lonely 13 year old girl who has been accelerated at school twice. The other students snigger when Lou gets yet another question right. She is not confident … Continue reading

February 1, 2020

Book Reflections – The Dry by Jane Harper

The Dry by Jane Harper is set in a small town in rural Victoria, Australia. The town is dying due to a prolonged drought. The shops have closed. The people … Continue reading

December 7, 2019 · Leave a comment