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The Road to Ruin: How Tony Abbott and Peta Credlin Destroyed Their Own Government
3.57
liked it
Some very interesting anecdotes and insights but quite choppily written in parts which is distracting. It feels like it was rushed to print which is a ...more
Mar 09, 2016
Mar 09, 2016
 
Curing Affluenza: How to buy less stuff and save the world
3.79
it was amazing
I found this so motivating to read. It is very accessible to someone like me who has no economics training, with Denniss demystifying a nomenclature t ...more
Nov 13, 2017
not set
Nov 06, 2017
 
Golden Hill
3.84
it was amazing
Goodness I am reading some wonderful books this year! And this one at near to year's end.

What a fabulous, funny, moving, clever romp this is following
...more
Dec 23, 2016
Nov 26, 2016
 
The Underground Railroad
4.03
it was ok
I really slogged through this one and didn't enjoy it.

On the upside it does provide interesting insights into the institution of slavery and its corr
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Aug 15, 2017
Aug 16, 2017
 
All the Light We Cannot See
4.32
liked it
An enjoyable tale about a French girl and German boy in the last days of the Second World War and the power of radio: for propaganda, inspiration and ...more
Dec 10, 2016
Nov 27, 2016
 
In the Light of What We Know
3.66
it was amazing
I didn't want this book to end. Despite my inclination to rush, I paced myself and took my time with each sentence. Focussed on a mathematician who is ...more
Oct 30, 2016
Oct 14, 2016
 
The Time Traveler's Wife
3.95
really liked it
So, there are some issues with this book. The non-white character descriptions made me uncomfortable. A bit too much detail with the music history. Th ...more
Aug 28, 2016
Aug 27, 2016
 
Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq's Green Zone
4.02
it was amazing
I started reading on a Friday night and could not put it down until on reaching page 274 I simply couldn't keep my eyes open.

This is a shocking, damni
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Sep 25, 2010
Sep 25, 2010
 
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (Inheritance Trilogy, #1)
3.82
did not like it
Disappointing.

The imaginative reach is there though it draws on mythology and the broader genre, but virtually all fantasy is derivative so no problem
...more
Sep 20, 2016
Sep 17, 2016
 
The Magicians (The Magicians #1)
3.49
it was ok
I have mixed thoughts about this book. Two and a half stars really.

On the one hand there is a clever plot, occasionally acute insights into young adu
...more
Jul 25, 2016
Jul 20, 2016
 
Exit West
3.82
really liked it
Written in a deceptively simple prose style, Exit West charts a war, a romance and several migrations through a speculative fiction device - doors thr ...more
Jul 30, 2017
not set
not set
Apr 30, 2017
 
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
3.97
it was amazing
Reading this you can feel the hot Georgia afternoons and the book is full of smells, tastes and sensations.

It is an unhurried book. I am struck by McC
...more
Jan 21, 2018
Jan 31, 2016
 
Lincoln in the Bardo
3.83
really liked it
So original and charming! Told by graveyard spitis not yet resigned to their deaths, they are fascinated and moved by Lincoln's grief for his son, the ...more
Aug 04, 2017
Aug 03, 2017
 
Troubles
3.78
really liked it
Really deft tragi-comic take on the decline of British rule in Ireland post WW1, set in the decaying Majestic hotel. Wonderfully droll, the story trac ...more
Nov 21, 2016
Nov 11, 2016
 
War and Peace
4.11
it was amazing
I did it! I finished the “big, loose baggy monster”. I need a Bex and a lie down.

It is big, loose and baggy in structure but in the same way that lif
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Jan 02, 2018
not set
not set
Jan 03, 2018
 
Commonwealth
3.82
really liked it
A difficult book to read and review as I normally avoid dysfunctional family stories like the plague having had more than enough of that in my own his ...more
Nov 27, 2016
Nov 19, 2016
 
La Belle Sauvage (The Book of Dust, #1)
4.21
it was amazing
A delightful return to the world of Northern Lights, set around 10 years earlier than the events of that novel. This is such assured writing and notwi ...more
Nov 05, 2017
Nov 06, 2017
 
Swing Time
3.57
liked it
This is a mixed bag. The central relationship between Tracey and the narrator is the most interesting part of the book and the scenes from their adole ...more
Sep 11, 2017
Aug 16, 2017
 
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
4.45
really liked it
Thought-provoking, iconoclastic and pithy. A little too neat in parts (where the narrative focuses on binaries rather than more complex ideas which ho ...more
Dec 13, 2016
Dec 10, 2016
 
The Case Against Sugar
3.88
really liked it
Well written and thought provoking.
Jan 15, 2017
Jan 07, 2017
 
Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch, #1)
3.97
it was amazing
A truly brilliant novel.

This is such confident, mature writing about such big ideas - ships as people, gender as an irrelevance, imperialism and mora
...more
Sep 24, 2016
Jul 28, 2016
 
The Idea of Perfection
3.62
liked it
This is a slow, gentle read and is at its best conjuring the Australian landscape and the small, awkward human moments between people. I enjoyed these ...more
Jun 25, 2016
Jun 14, 2016
 
The Girl on the Train
3.89
liked it
Really enjoyed this until the final act. Hawkins is no prose stylist but she creates a very murky mood and a deliciously ordinary central female chara ...more
Jan 24, 2017
Jun 01, 2016
 
American Journeys
3.73
really liked it
I should say up front that I am an Australian who has not visited the US at the time of writing so my comments on this book are just that, my take on ...more
Sep 19, 2010
Sep 20, 2010
 
Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime
4.11
really liked it
I can't speak to the veracity of this account, but it appears well-researched, and it is a scorcher.

It takes a novel-style approach, moving between th
...more
Dec 2010
Jan 01, 2011
 
Here I Stand: My Struggle for a Christianity of Integrity, Love, and Equality
3.94
liked it
An interesting look at an American Episcopalian bishop's life, the US wing of Anglicanism. I have heard John Shelby Spong speaking and he is charasmat ...more
Sep 11, 2010
Sep 13, 2010
 
The Art of Frugal Hedonism: A Guide to Spending Less While Enjoying Everything More
4.08
really liked it
Very cute and charming!
Dec 16, 2016
Dec 13, 2016
 
Manhattan Beach
3.68
really liked it
There’s a lot to enjoy here. Fascinating, complex characters - especially the sympathetic gangster Dexter Styles; wonderful descriptions of diving in ...more
Apr 25, 2018
not set
Apr 25, 2018
 
Earthly Powers
4.16
really liked it
This one took my a while to read, with travelling and other interruptions (Masterchef, I'm looking at you....). This book is enormous on several level ...more
not set
Jan 31, 2016
 
Inglorious Empire: What the British Did to India
4.21
really liked it
Ice cold and brilliant demolition of apologists for colonialism.
Jan 21, 2018
Jan 03, 2018
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