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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 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 – 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 – Once in a House on Fire by Andrea Ashworth

I was captivated from start to finish by Andrea Ashworth’s autobiography Once in a House on Fire. Ashworth maintained a constant, thrilling pace, skipping from brilliantly rendered vignette to vignette … Continue reading

May 31, 2018 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – The Shallows by Nicholas Carr

A friend recommended that I read The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr. This is an informative but overly long and single-minded book. Carr … Continue reading

May 19, 2018 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – India Rising: Tales from a Changing Nation by Oliver Balch

I started reading about India with Freedom at Midnight, a comprehensive historical account of the partition of India from Pakistan. Since then I’ve read many novels by Indian authors and … Continue reading

April 9, 2018 · 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

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 – Leap of Faith by Queen Noor

Lisa Halaby grew up in the USA with a Swedish-American mother and an Arab-American father. Her father was an influential man involved in the air industry and governance, at one … Continue reading

July 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – Tomorrow to be Brave by Susan Travers

Susan Travers was awarded 12 medals for her bravery and service to the Free French Army in WWII. After the war she joined the French Foreign Legion so that she … Continue reading

July 11, 2017 · Leave a comment
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