Tag Archives: History

The Golden Legend by Nadeem Aslam

The Golden Legend is another exquisitely written novel by Nadeem Aslam. An enthralling view into a world of politics, religion, persecution, corruption, love, loyalty, and extremism. A story of  violence and tenderness, love and fear, hope and despair, in a nation wracked … 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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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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Glider Pilots in Sicily by Mike Peters

Fifteen years before my birth, in the events described in Mike Peters’ Glider Pilots in Sicily, my cousin died. He was a member of the Royal Army Medical Corps, travelling in a glider taking troops to the first stage of … 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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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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History Mine: a personal history of history (1)

My interest in history developed too late: after my parents moved our family from England to Australia. It was only then that I started to regret not taking a greater interest in the historical landscape of the place I’d left. … Continue reading

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