Australian actor, author and supporter of women’s causes, William McInnes, typifies so much of what is good about Australia, the straight-forward, community-minded Australia of his parents.
Fiona McIntosh’s latest novel sweeps the reader back to World War I and to Turkey, where, in May 1915, British nurse Claire Nightingale is caught up in the turmoil and bloodshed as she tends to the wounded.
Eminent Human Rights Lawyer Geoffrey Robertson QC, now living in London, was recently back in his home town Sydney to promote his latest book, An Inconvenient Genocide: Who Remembers the Armenians?
Novelist and Biographer Blanche d’Alpuget’s latest novel, “The Lion Rampant” (the second book in her Lion quartet), brings alive the intriguing world of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine.
Breast Cancer is a book written to empower women to make informed choices about their treatment, from diagnosis to post-operative options, using the author’s own experiences throughout.
Much-loved author of the popular series The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, Alexander ‘Sandy’ McCall Smith is currently on tour in Australia. Our book reviewer Caroline Curtis caught up with the author in Sydney.
The Forever Girl is a stand-alone novel set in The Caymans, Scotland, Melbourne and Singapore. Its locations are exotic and include McCall Smith’s beloved Edinburgh, its theme of love everlasting, simple but universal.
One year from her debut novel Rough Diamond, Kathryn Ledson has followed up with an equally exciting sequel, Monkey Business. Erica Jewell is back doing what she does best – saving the day and saving charismatic Jack Jones – in another hilarious, delightful adventure that holds the reader’s attention until the very last page. Ledson […]
This is a terrific first novel by Kathryn Ledson that women everywhere are going to find hard not to love. ROUGH DIAMOND has all the ingredients for an irresistibly entertaining read…a likeable heroine who helps save Melbourne and Sydney from terror attacks whilst caring for her demanding cat, shopping for clothes and shoes as well […]
This second collection of short stories by Susan Midalia is perspicacious, pertinent and irresistibly entertaining. There are seventeen stories capturing an everyday moment or event, each inspiring a greater consciousness and consideration of other people and their feelings. The charm of Midalia’s short stories is that the glimpse they provide into ordinary people’s lives make […]
In her first book, “The Lucy Family Alphabet”, comedian Judith Lucy deals with the outstanding issues that she had with her parents. In this one, she chronicles her descent into alcohol-fuelled despair where she loses control of her life. This is a period of hazy blackouts and wasted opportunities that comprise the lost years of […]
The Golden Land by Di Morrissey interweaves the beauty and troubled political turmoil of Burma, its culture and people, with the life of Natalie living on the Gold Coast in Queensland. This is a beautiful story of resolution and putting right the past to heal the present, of the role of women in rebuilding a […]
People react in various ways to the diagnosis of a terminal illness. In this novel, Celeste and Nathalie are two very different half-sisters whose mother develops Motor Neurone Disease. Their mother is convinced that a miracle will cure her of this progressively incapacitating illness and plans a pilgrimage in the belief that she will be […]
This is undoubtedly a very fine novel, bearing witness to one of the most appallingly cruel periods of history in living memory. Authentic and crafted with language as delicate as woven gossamer, it is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and a mother’s love for her daughter. In the Shadow of the […]
You Don’t Want To Know by Lisa Jackson is a gripping mystery thriller that holds the reader’s attention from the first page to the very last. The story centres around Ava Garrison, wealthy, supposedly mentally unstable, living on a private island surrounded by family and staff. Two years ago, her baby son disappeared and her […]
The Unfinished Journals of Elizabeth D is a haunting story of bereavement, friendship and the pain of its loss, beautifully and skilfully told by Nichole Bernier. Sometimes women share an affinity, a support network with each other that men often find mystifying and difficult to understand. Kate and Elizabeth were such friends, enjoying a closeness […]
Bertie is the “Beloved” of the title. Set in the 1950’s to early sixties, beginning in Melbourne, with interludes in Sydney and then moving on to Port Moresby, the novel follows Bertie’s development from child to teenager. Aged six, she falls victim to polio which changes her future forever, the handicap and disfigurement affecting her […]
Tom Keneally has drawn an epic tribute to the enormous and often less-acknowledged contributions of women during World War I. In this, his latest novel, seen from the point of view of the nurses who coped with the resulting horrors of battle; no graphic detail is spared in the suffering endured, as well as witnessed, […]
Depression is not a modern-day illness. It has existed as long as written history and probably for as long as humans were conscious of how they felt. Even from the time of Hippocrates, it was a recognised medical condition, one of the four “humours” of the human character. “Melancholia”, as it was described then, blighted […]
This is the follow-up book to “The Art of Happiness”, written by the same author. Meditation is, according to this book, the “inner transformation through training the mind.” It is a challenging and daunting prospect. Meditation is a difficult discipline to master and practise effectively. The structured way in which Matthieu Ricard leads his readers, […]
Most of us might see being happy as a matter of luck, chance, or situation, perhaps something that can be “found”. Happiness is often confused with pleasure, joy or being in love. The English language is so full of subtleties, there is a particular word for every nuance of any emotion. The unusual aspect of […]
Those with a strong arm and capacious handbag capable of carrying this weighty book will reap the rewards of an interesting read about the people who made Australia the wonderful country it is. This work is the follow-up to the first volume of “Australians” and introduces the reader to the faces of colonial society in […]
Rating: “Treasury” is an apt description of this wonderful collection of over 40 short stories. Each of the stories is a real gem, unique and beautiful. Some are as subtle as aquamarines, or dazzling with the bright fire of diamonds; a few perhaps glowing with the depth of rubies and others, gentle like pearls. All […]
Rating: This is an extremely well-crafted novel, one that will enthral and convert even the most reluctant of crime fiction readers. The arrival of an elderly American tourist in London mysteriously sets off a seemingly unconnected chain of events. What might have been mere self-indulgence in nostalgia, draws out past misdeeds to seriously threaten the […]
Rating: Di Morrisey immerses the reader in the world of the Australian Outback: raw, powerful, harsh and supremely beautiful. Highly recommended. In the land of the Opal hunters, there is so much more than the eye can see and not just underground. Many who take refuge in the remote and lonely outposts of the desert […]
Rating: An extraordinary family secret links a seemingly ordinary Australian family to an exotic plantation in Malaysia. This story spans three generations of political upheaval and change in what was then known as Malaya. It is a beautifully told story of one family’s quest to find the truth about its past, how the pieces of […]
The novel by Australian author Liz Byrski is set against a diverse backdrop. There is the legacy of The Push movement in Sydney contrasted with a pilgrimage walking the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. Throughout, there is the theme of the damaging, unhealthy expectations placed upon women by a culture of shallow, superficial advertising glorifying […]
Rating: I was captivated by Miranda Kennedy’s account of her time in India, her experiences as a “feringhee”- a foreigner, and more significantly, as a woman on her own, living the life of a local in Delhi. The window into the lives of the women who are an important part of her life there, reveal […]