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The Witches of Eileanan (The Witches of Eileanan, #1)
I wrote it, so I have to say it was amazing! Besides, it changed my life. I went from starving wanna-be-writer to internationally bestselling author p...more
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Feb 12, 2010
Bitter Greens
This book has very deep roots that run right back into my childhood, when I was intrigued and enchanted by the original fairytale of Rapunzel. I have...more
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Jan 25, 2012
Under the Wide and Starry Sky
As soon as I heard about this book, I grabbed hold of it and read it. There were two reasons for this. One: I really enjoyed Nancy Horan’s earlier boo...more
Dec 17, 2013
Jan 01, 2014
Citadel (Languedoc, #3)
I really loved both ‘Labyrinth’ and ‘Sepulchre’, which brought together elements of my favourite genres – history, suspense, romance, with a twist of...more
Nov 07, 2012
Jan 14, 2013
What a brilliant premise this book has! Did you ever wonder – when reading Pride & Prejudice - about the lives of the servants toiling away quietl...more
Jul 16, 2013
Aug 14, 2013
The Night Circus
The Night Circus is a lush, magical, seductive read, filled with verve and imagination. I absolutely loved it! Many may find it too slow, with too man...more
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Jan 08, 2012
All That I Am
I am very ashamed to admit that I could not finish this book, the most awarded and lauded Australian book of 2012. And another AWW! Was I too tired? A...more
Feb 09, 2013
Feb 17, 2013
Ember Island
I get all excited when I hear a new Kimberley Freeman novel is due out. I know I’m in for a real page-turning delight, with a delicious mix of mystery...more
Sep 03, 2013
Nov 03, 2013
Tender Morsels
This is a truly extraordinary book, and one that lingers in the mind for a long time afterwards. The language is astonishingly good – bold, original,...more
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Mar 01, 2011
The Secret Keeper
Kate Morton is one of my favourite authors and her books are an absolute pleasure to read. I also love books set during WWII and so this was a winner...more
Nov 16, 2012
Jan 14, 2013
The Fairest of Them All
Fairest of Them All - Carolyn Turgeon

I’m in the final stages of a doctorate on Rapunzel, which means I simply must read every book ever inspired by th...more
Jan 16, 2014
Jan 01, 2014
A Corner of White (The Colours of Madeleine, #1)
I often tweet about a book while I’m reading it.

My tweets about ‘A Corner of White’ include ‘extraordinary, beautiful, startling’; ‘one of the most or...more
Nov 05, 2012
Jan 14, 2013
The Crimson Ribbon
I was utterly enthralled from the very first line of this novel: ‘Sometimes death comes like an arrow, sudden and swift, an unforseen shot from an unh...more
Dec 30, 2013
Jan 01, 2014
Code Name Verity (Code Name Verity, #1)
I’ve been hearing some slowly building buzz about this book for some kind, which grew much louder after it was named a Michael L. Printz Honor Book an...more
Oct 06, 2013
Nov 03, 2013
Raven Flight (Shadowfell, #2)
Juliet Marillier is one of my all-time favourite authors and a new book from her is always reason to celebrate. So when Raven Flight appeared in my ma...more
Jun 29, 2013
Jul 22, 2013
Tuscan Rose
This novel had a subtitle ‘Passion, longing, secrets, and a dangerous time’ and is set in wartime Italy so it sounded just like my kind of book. Yet,...more
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Aug 14, 2011
Secrets of the Sea House
An intriguing and atmospheric novel set in the Hebrides Islands of Scotland, the narrative moves between the contemporary story of Ruth and her husban...more
Oct 19, 2013
Oct 02, 2013
84, Charing Cross Road
I have heard about this book on-and-off for years, all my bibliomaniac friends saying, ‘you haven’t read it? Oh, but you must!’ So this month I decide...more
Jul 18, 2013
Oct 21, 2012
Witch Child (Witch Child, #1)
This wonderful historical novel for teenagers begins: ‘I am Mary. I am a witch.’ It is set in 1659, during the tumultuous months after Cromwell’s deat...more
Oct 22, 2013
Oct 02, 2013
Heresy (Giordano Bruno, #1)
I love a good historical murder mystery, particularly one set in one of my favourite eras of history. Heretic is set during Elizabethan times, quite p...more
Jul 26, 2013
Jun 09, 2013
The Rosie Project
This book was a pleasant surprise. I'd heard it was rather like contemporary chick lit, except told from the point of view of an man with Asperger's,...more
Jun 09, 2013
Jul 21, 2013
Wildflower Hill
A compelling and poignant family saga that parallels the story of Beattie Blaxland, a Scottish girl who emigrates to Australia in 1929, with the story...more
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Dec 10, 2010
The Graveyard Book
I’ve had this book on my TBR shelf for more than 2 years and for some reason never picked it up. I’m glad I did, for it’s a true beauty of a book, pit...more
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Jun 20, 2010
The Snow Child
What a wonderful, amazing, magical book! I just loved this and think it’s one of the best books I’ve read in a long while. I wish I’d written it. A re...more
Jun 25, 2012
Jul 19, 2012
Sea Hearts
I first read Margo Lanagan a few years ago, when Garth Nix pressed a copy of her short story collection Black Juice upon me at a writer’s conference....more
Mar 07, 2012
Jan 30, 2012
A Spear of Summer Grass
"Don't believe the stories you have heard about me. I have never killed anyone, and I have never stolen another woman's husband. Oh, if I find one lyi...more
Jul 18, 2013
Apr 03, 2013
The Storyteller and his Three Daughters
Lian Hearn is the author of the gorgeous bestselling ‘Tales of the Otori’ fantasy series for adults, set in an alternative feudal Japan, as well as a...more
Oct 16, 2013
Dec 01, 2013
The Lacuna
The Lacuna tells the story of a sensitive young American who works in the tumultuous household of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, while they shelter Leo...more
Feb 02, 2010
Feb 02, 2010
Girl on the Golden Coin: A Novel of Frances Stuart
The Restoration is one of my absolute favourite periods of history and I have read a lot of books set in that period. However, I had never read about...more
Nov 05, 2013
Jan 01, 2014
Changeling (Order of Darkness, #1)
This is Philippa Gregory's first foray in Young Adult Fiction and I thought it was really well done. From the opening scene, I felt s if I was in the...more
Apr 2013
May 16, 2013
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