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Captain Corelli's Mandolin
Running throughout the novel is a Homeric theme which I really liked. Imbued with a mythic weight and a delightful tragicomic lightness, Louis de Bern...more
Feb 06, 2010
Dec 30, 2009
The Legacy (Legacy, #1)
5/5/14 loaned to pop

Ok, well I should update on this,(& yeah all the other books I've read & not reviewed in 2011). This is a what I call a tr...more
Dec 31, 2011
Dec 25, 2011
Independent People
If you thought "The Idiot" by Fyodor Dostoyevsky was maddening long and depressing "Independent People" is a close runner up. It is an incredibly blea...more
Apr 20, 2014
Nov 14, 2013
Fires In The Dark
This is not your average gypsy story. Rather, this tale is about the authentic European Gypsies of Romany, nomadic farm workers caught up in Hitler’s...more
Feb 03, 2009
Jan 19, 2009
Boys of Blood & Bone
Contains a moving account of life in the trenches in Flanders during WW1 - from an Australian perspective. The two timeline/plot kind of dragged a bit...more
Jan 30, 2012
Jan 19, 2012
Wolf Hall (Thomas Cromwell, #1)
Finally have ebook!!!!!!!!! tuebl epub

Sir Ralph Sadler 1507-1547 is one of the characters in Hilary Mantel's novel Wolf Hall, which gives a fictional...more
not set
Apr 16, 2011
The Potato Factory
review finally!.

Ikey Solomon and his partner in crime, Mary Abacus, make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth-century London to the convict sett...more
Sep 06, 2010
Aug 19, 2010
Children of the Arbat (Arbat Trilogy #1)
Suppressed by the Soviet Union for over twenty years, Anatoli Rybakov's Children of the Arbat is destined to rank with Boris Pasternak's Doctor Zhivag...more
Jan 13, 2008
Dec 10, 2007
The Sound of One Hand Clapping
I knew the title was a koan, but had to look it up......

"What is the Sound of the Single Hand clapping? When you clap together both hands a sharp soun...more
Oct 27, 2010
Mar 18, 2010
Flash House
The novel begins in 1949 in India not long after India's Partition. On the surface it's a spy story cum romance and orphan rescue. It's the underlying...more
May 13, 2010
Mar 15, 2010
People of the Book
Some quotes & notes;

P.40 “I told him if I wanted to hear psychobabble, I could visit a shrink cheap on Medibank. I’m not casual about sex, far fro...more
Feb 18, 2012
Mar 27, 2011
Daughter of Earth
Agnes Smedley, (February 23, 1892 – 6 May 1950) was an American journalist and writer known for her chronicling of the Chinese revolution. The book fo...more
Jan 1978
Jun 20, 2010
In a Dark Wood Wandering: A Novel of the Middle Ages
His father brutally assassinated by his cousin, John of Burgandy, Charles D'Orleans is left to seek revenge. Their feud splits a ravaged France in two...more
Jan 1992
Jun 20, 2010
Oscar and Lucinda
Loving it so far. "Oscar and Lucinda are two of the most perfectly realised characters in modern fiction. An immensely skilful and absorbing juxtaposi...more
Aug 27, 2009
Nov 17, 2008
The Schoonermaster's Dance
"There is properly no history, only biography" - Emerson.

Really enjoyed this book, could relate to Sarah's enthusiasm & passion for history. There...more
Jun 14, 2010
Jun 13, 2010
Mad Dog Morgan : the true story of Australia's most infamous bushranger
Listed at;
I have the book but can't find it, so the cover picture is from the DVD but is close enough to the...more
Jan 1978
Oct 04, 2010
A River Town
This is the tale of a reluctant hero, an endearing, if flawed, man whose stubborn integrity is nearly his undoing. Vividly conveying the spirit of the...more
Jan 1997
Aug 19, 2010
We the Living
".......My heart is a tractor raking the soil,
My soul is smoke from the factory oil..." = page 163

I just 're-found" this old paperback in my old backp...more
not set
Feb 19, 2011
The Angel of History
In this novel, episodes involving Walter Benjamin are interwoven with the fictional story of some Spanish refugees. For those who already know what ha...more
Jun 10, 2010
Jun 08, 2010
Rifling Paradise
i of 5 books for $3 -19/04/2013 review by By James Ley (The Age) Jem Poster's Rifling Paradise is a historical novel set in the late-19th century that...more
Apr 25, 2013
Apr 19, 2013
Dublin: Foundation (The Dublin Saga, #1)
Dublin: Foundation (2004) (also known in North America as The Princes of Ireland: The Dublin Saga or sometimes simply Dublin) is a novel by Edward Rut...more
Jan 2005
Feb 08, 2011
Mother Tongue
score! 50c op shop find today.

Lyrical & poetic, it's like silk and barb wire caressing your heart. Brings to life the heartache of refugees from E...more
Aug 28, 2010
Aug 19, 2010
The Deposition of Father McGreevy
Up to p.300 now. Another meandering Irish tale I've not been able to put down..reading till 5am when I should have been sleeping. It's written in a ty...more
Jun 16, 2010
Jun 08, 2010
The Town and the City
I was not actually aware that this novel's characters were based on real life figures of the Beat generation until AFTER reading it. That kind of put...more
Jan 31, 2010
Jan 29, 2010
If anyone knows anything about Boris Milenko, what happened to him, whether he wrote anything else, I would be most interested. Thanks. The author se...more
Jan 1978
Feb 20, 2011
Anastasia (The Ringing Cedars, #1)
*Translated from the Russian by John Woodsworth; edited by Leonid Sharashkin. 2nd ed., rev.
1. Spirituality
2. Nature - Religious Aspects
3. Human ecolog...more
Mar 11, 2010
Mar 04, 2010
Remarkable Creatures
tommorrow review currently finding illustrations.

Found at a cake stall. 1 of 7 books for $5 total!.
Oct 02, 2011
Aug 26, 2011
Out of Ireland
Totally engaging and I can't put it down. The book stands on its own, first of all, as a ripping good yarn by a fine storyteller. The novel is formida...more
Jul 12, 2009
Jul 02, 2009
The Dark Room
there is a good review here;

oops bought this today vintage international edition 2001 29/11/2013 but already h...more
Jan 25, 2008
Jan 21, 2008
Dancing with Eva
Fictional account of Eva Braun's personal secretary. Thought provoking yet again on the banality of evil - takes many twists and turns.

14/03/13 1 of 1...more
Mar 18, 2013
Mar 14, 2013
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