Author Archives: Onesimus

Where the Streets Had a Name, Randa Abdel-Fattah

Every political situation has human face: often unseen or unnoticed, expediently pushed aside and ignored. Decisions made by rulers affect voiceless, everyday people who are prevented from determining their own path in life. In Where the Streets Had a Name,  an … Continue reading

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Half Girlfriend, by Chetan Bhagat

Half Girlfriend follows the complicated relationship between Madhav Jha and Riya Somani, who meet at college in Delhi. Madhav is heir of  a faded “royal” family from a poor Indian town where his mother manages and teaches at the local impoverished … Continue reading

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Lord of the Rings Meets Donald trump

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In His Strength, by Noriko Dethlefs

Letters from Afghanistan 2005-2009. A journal-like record of life in Afghanistan as observed and experienced by a Japanese-Australian teacher. Noriko Dethlefs’ husband was posted to Afghanistan to serve with the Christian Blind Mission. This account of her life in Afghanistan … Continue reading

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No Is Not Enough 2, Naomi Klein

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No Is Not Enough, Naomi Klein

I’m waiting on the delivery of my copy of this and this morning watched an interview with Klein related to the book. Click on the link to access the interview.   https://publish.dvlabs.com/democracynow/360/dn2017-0613.mp4?start=1029.0&end=1716.0    

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Nadeem Aslam: The Golden Legend

Nadeem Aslam is at the top of the list of my favourite authors. This interview has just been posted on the ABC Radio website. “If you don’t like my books, you won’t like me. I am my books”. Nadeem Aslam … Continue reading

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Enemy Coast Ahead by Guy Gibson VC DSO DFC

Guy Gibson was my childhood hero. I don’t know how I heard of him and his involvement in the “Dam Busters” raid, or why I came to idolise him; but as a pre-teen I developed a brief obsession with the … Continue reading

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Blood on my Hands, a Surgeon at War by Craig Jurisevic

This is another book related to military medicine, but this one has a slight difference. Jurisevic was an Australian volunteer doctor who chose to help refugees who were fleeing from Kosovo to get away from a murderous campaign waged by Serbia under … Continue reading

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Trigger Mortis by Anthony Horowitz

I read all of Ian Fleming’s James Bond books in my early teens and later tried some of those written by other authors after Fleming’s death. To me those post-Fleming books lacked authenticity, particularly the “novelisations” spun off from 1980s … Continue reading

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