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Gilgamesh
3.61
really liked it
PMQ library
MIles Franklin nomination 2002

slow start but loved the characters and how they developed.
Edith, Jim - son of Aram and Leopold. Multi layere
...more
Aug 03, 2002
Jul 25, 2009
 
Ross Poldark (Poldark, #1)
4.11
really liked it
Enjoyed this story of 18th Century Cornwall. Looking back on previous reads over the years, I think it is a popular genre for me! It is not a bonnet d ...more
Nov 16, 2016
Oct 20, 2016
 
Back When We Were Grownups
3.51
really liked it
**spoiler alert** Slow start and a lot of characters that were hard to place at first- all introduced by nick names.Settled into the book after page 5 ...more
Jan 05, 2001
Jul 25, 2009
 
Middlemarch
3.94
really liked it
This is a book to read again and again. The characters are well rounded, redolent of provincial life in Victorian England. I loved and hated many of t ...more
Jun 16, 2016
Mar 08, 2015
 
Barkskins
3.74
liked it
I really get that this book was well researched. I get too that this was an ambitious saga spanning 300 years. I get that it may have been hard to get ...more
Oct 25, 2016
Jun 15, 2016
 
The Welsh Girl
3.41
liked it
I enjoyed this book told from the lives of a remote farming village in Wales in the second world war. I didn't know that German POWs were kept in Wale ...more
Mar 20, 2015
Mar 08, 2015
 
Like Water for Chocolate (Como agua para chocolate)
3.94
really liked it
I have read this book and seen the movie a few times now. It is a light read but full of folk tales, customs and family dynamics.
May 05, 1999
May 04, 2015
 
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear
3.90
it was ok
Some familiar motivational concepts - ignore everyone else around you, stop making excuses and create. About the concept that you are not the sole own ...more
Nov 09, 2016
Aug 25, 2015
 
The Lost Life
3.60
it was ok
Spoliers contained in this review.
I loved 'The Art of the Engine Driver' and 'The Time We Have Taken', so snapped this title up on the 'new purchases
...more
Feb 24, 2011
Feb 25, 2011
 
I for Isobel
3.40
liked it
**spoiler alert** ANZLL discussion March '02.
Dymocks
Isobel, born to a mentally cruel mother sets the backdrop for her quest for identity - self doubt,
...more
Mar 20, 2002
Jul 25, 2009
 
The Year of Living Danishly: My Twelve Months Unearthing the Secrets of the World's Happiest Country
3.95
liked it
I am a bit of a sucker for a tree change, travelogue, Year in Provence type book. After all it may be the only type of travelling I will seriously do ...more
Apr 28, 2016
Apr 25, 2016
 
The Song of the Lark (Great Plains Trilogy, #2)
3.90
liked it
I have decided that Willa Cather creates unusual characters, usually feisty independent women achievers. You love them and you hate them. Thea Kromber ...more
Oct 13, 2015
Oct 11, 2015
 
Reckoning: A Memoir
4.08
really liked it
Laughed and cried and felt relieved, sad. I was in a hurry to finish this book as I wanted to know what happened, but then wanted to read slowly to sa ...more
Jan 29, 2016
Aug 30, 2015
 
The Little Stranger
3.51
liked it
******************* Warning ************ some spoilers*************************************

Read this for f2f book group Singleton library. Sarah's dis
...more
Apr 12, 2015
Apr 19, 2015
 
Swing By Sailor
3.90
really liked it
The author interviewed 17 war brides who boarded HMS Victorious in 1946 leaving Australia set for Plymouth to meet up with their husbands post war on ...more
Mar 29, 2011
Mar 19, 2011
 
The Secret Keeper
4.13
really liked it
I get sucked into the complicated webs that Kate Morton weaves in her stories. They are always good stories, but I don't normally like to read overly ...more
Jul 13, 2015
Jun 23, 2015
 
And Furthermore
3.46
liked it
I enjoyed listening to this book on CDs. I realised that I did not know a lot about Dame Judi Dench, only her recent cinema years. What I did learn fr ...more
Apr 10, 2015
Apr 14, 2015
 
The Household Guide To Dying
3.47
it was ok
**spoiler alert** I stuck with this book because I was on holidays and in a generous mood! Domestic goddess? I don't think so! I found Delia's story t ...more
Aug 07, 2009
Aug 09, 2009
 
Amarcord: Marcella Remembers
3.46
liked it
Enjoyed reading about Marcella's life and her cooking life. Marcella's Italian cookbooks are still my first Italian reference cookbook.
not set
Apr 14, 2015
 
Eating With The Angels
3.50
liked it
Confusing and disjointed storyline, slow to start, but by about page 100 of a 230 page book I became mildly interested. I am addicted on novels on foo ...more
Jun 06, 2011
Jun 16, 2011
 
The Private Lives of the Tudors
4.14
really liked it
With your existing basic knowledge of the Tudor period you are taken behind the scenes of court life to the everyday joys, delights, sufferances of th ...more
Jul 12, 2016
Jun 28, 2016
 
Almost French: Love and a New Life in Paris
3.68
really liked it
Dymocks $22.95
Autobiography of Australian journalist who falls in love with a Frenchman. Sarah, the ex-pat living in France is trying to understand th
...more
Jul 08, 2002
Jul 25, 2009
 
The Haha Man
3.36
liked it
**spoiler alert** UHRL

ANZLL discussion

Australian story about illegal refugees with temporary protection visas, refugee camps and a crusade by Australi
...more
Apr 2006
Jul 25, 2009
 
The Bonesetter's Daughter
3.98
really liked it
**spoiler alert** PMQ library
Ruth is a writer and lives in San Francisco. Her mother, Lu Ling is Chinese and has many hidden secrets:
# precious Aunty'
...more
Jun 10, 2002
Jul 25, 2009
 
The English Patient
3.88
it was amazing
**spoiler alert** PMQ library
Booker discussion

Similar to film in places but not as much detail on Almrey's life with Katharine in desert etc.

Caravaggi
...more
Aug 2002
Jul 25, 2009
 
A Little Life
4.28
**spoiler alert** Harrowing as an audio book but unputdownable. I think this book could have been at least 200 pages shorter. If I hear 'I'm sorry', o ...more
Jun 29, 2016
Jun 15, 2016
 
Scission
3.44
really liked it
I have to be in the mood to read short stories as they require a different sort of attention span. You cannot gloss over a story as each word is meani ...more
Jun 23, 2015
Jun 23, 2015
 
Dreams of Sleep
3.80
really liked it
**spoiler alert** Hemingway Prize winner.
Will is having an affair to stave off boredom. Alice is in a suffocating embrace of inertia and depsondency.
...more
Jan 20, 2002
Jul 25, 2009
 
The Dressmaker
3.41
really liked it
**spoiler alert** Dymocks
ANZLL discussion

'An Australian gothic novel of love, hate and haute couture'.
Story of Tilly, who returns to Dungatar to care
...more
Jun 14, 2002
Jul 25, 2009
 
Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander, #2)
4.31
really liked it
I first read this book, the sequel to Cross Stich in 1998. I remember thinking at the time there was a lot of unnecessary repetition in the book, but ...more
Dec 07, 2015
May 04, 2015
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