Category Archives: Historical

Beersheba and “God’s Work”

Paul Daley (see previous post) wrote an interesting historical account of the Beersheba charge in today’s Guardian, which includes the following observation: The charge, coincidentally, narrowly preceded the British war cabinet’s proclamation of the Balfour declaration in support of a Jewish state in Palestine. … Continue reading

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Edith Cavell: Faith before the firing squad, by Catherine Butcher

Edith Cavell: Faith before the firing squad, by Catherine Butcher. Edith Cavell was an English nurse who helped establish a nursing school in Brussels, at a time when nursing practice in Belgium had low standards and little community respect. Cavell … Continue reading

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Game by Trevor Shearston

Game is a novel imagining the last months of bushranger Ben Hall. Structured around real events, Shearston’s book tries to see the man behind the legend. Throughout we are taken to imagined meetings between Hall and his son who is … Continue reading

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. After the reading.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children fulfilled the expectations built up by Gloria’s recommendation. I started reading it on Friday evening after work and finished it mid-Sunday afternoon. I now have to wait who knows how long for Gloria to … Continue reading

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A Rose for the Anzac Boys

In A Rose for the Anzac Boys  Jackie French vividly depicts the horror and heartbreak of battle at the Western Front during WWI. While not glorifying the violence, she doesn’t compromise at all with the gruesome truth of it. The … Continue reading

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Schindler’s Ark, by Thomas Keneally

This is my 300th book read, since starting this blog in November 2009. I wanted to mark my triple century with something of significance and worth, and thought this book met those conditions. As a Booker prize winner it has … Continue reading

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A Golden Age by Tahmima Anam

I read this over two days during my Christmas break and I’d love to write something that could express how much I enjoyed it. But I wouldn’t want my own expressive shortcomings to diminish anyone’s impression of the book through … Continue reading

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Tobruk by Peter Fitzsimons

Recently I’ve been reading Peter Fitzsimons’ Tobruk. It’s the second of his books that I’ve read and it’s been a helpful way of learning about a significant part of Australian military history that has been overshadowed by the more well-known … Continue reading

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History Mine: a personal history of history (3)

This year I renewed research into my family tree after stumbling across a website giving free access to basic genealogical records. Through that site I was able to track my ancestry back to the mid-1700s to a time before white … Continue reading

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History Mine: a personal history of history (2)

I’ve now been in Australia for almost 45 years after my parents brought the family half way around the world. They saw a potentially better future for my sister and me outside of Britain, so they made the decision to … Continue reading

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