June 13

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

This is the story of Lale Sokolov, the Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist and the woman he loved. It is one of the most powerful books I have read for a really long time and it sounds stupid to say I loved it because how can you love a soul destroying story like the title suggests?  But I […]

June 06

Melt by Lisa Walker

You may remember author Lisa Walker from my previous review of her title  Arkie’s Pilgrimage to the Next Big Thing.  It was a lovely ride, full of whimsy.   Lisa is unafraid of big, outside-the-box ideas and she can make the crazy seem real. To top it all off she is funny and witty and good […]

May 30

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. Guest review by Mr D.

I resisted reading The Handmaid’s Tale for a long time.  I can’t quite put a finger on why.  In part it was because of my ignorant understanding that it was some sort of totalitarian chic-lit.  In part, I have to also admit there was something I didn’t quite like about Margaret Atwood.  Something undefinable about […]

April 30

Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan

I wasn’t going to review this book. I’m a busy reader with a highbrow rep to protect and it just didn’t seem worthy to me. That said, when I hear that so many people are reading and talking about it, I couldn’t resist throwing my 2 cents in. Apparently, it’s even on the NSW Bar’s […]

April 19

Force of Nature by Jane Harper

This is the second book by Jane Harper I have read in the past six months. I was going to put a bit more time between reads but I just couldn’t help myself.  I loved Harper’s first novel,  The Dry, and I’m very happy to report I burned through this one like a raging fever […]

April 02

Dunbar by Edward St Aubyn

Ok I haven’t been blogging much over the last few months but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been reading. I just haven’t read anything rousing enough to blog about. This book however hit me like a veritable first glass of champagne; going straight to my head and heart and leaving me with a book hangover […]

March 26

The Whole Bright Year by Debra Oswald

If, like me, you love the Australian television production Offspring, you will know Debra Oswald is the brilliant creator of what I can only describe as a joy-ride of a series.  I also reviewed a book of hers called Useful here and reported happily that I was a fan. But, alas, I am sorry to […]