Monthly Archives: February 2017

number9dream, David Mitchell

I’ve liked most of what I’ve read of David Mitchell’s work. He writes in interesting ways – never satisfied in telling a story in the most straight forward way, he experiments with genres, styles and, writing forms; even in the … Continue reading

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While History Passed, by Jessie Elizabeth Simons

Knowing that I love to read, whenever I visited Gloria’s family, her dad would hand me one of his very few books. He’d served in the RAAF in Borneo towards the end of WWII and as a result disliked the … Continue reading

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One Woman’s War and Peace by Wing Commander Sharon Bown (Ret’d)

THIS is a book I was very eager to get from the time I heard it was being published. I pre-ordered a copy months ahead of publication, and then had to wait longer, because Gloria insisted on paying for it … Continue reading

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Military Medicine. Three Conflicts

Bad Medicine by Terry Ledgard. Subtitled “a no holds barred account of life as an Australian SAS Medic during the war in Afghanistan”. This would be the most disappointing book of the “military medic” books I’ve read. Firstly I thought … Continue reading

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New Salman Rushdie novel depicts Obama and Trump’s US

According to publisher Jonathan Cape, The Golden House, Rushdie’s 13th novel, follows “a young American filmmaker whose involvement with a secretive, tragedy-haunted family teaches him how to become a man”. Starting with the inauguration of Barack Obama in 2008, the … Continue reading

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Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War by Joseph Loc

A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War by Joseph Loconte, is one of several books I’ve read over the past couple of years about WWI, its origins and its ongoing effects. What it says about the spiritual conditions leading … Continue reading

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