Category Archives: Books

The Single Ladies of Jacaranda Retirement Village

Joanna Nell  Hachette Australia RRP $29.99 A moving, funny, heartwarming tale of love and community. Peggy Smart, a widow of four years, with two caring(interfering) children, has been living at Jacaranda Retirement Village since her children persuaded her to sell

Curry

Naben Ruthnum. Text Publishing, Melbourne. RRP $19.99 For the reader who is hoping for new ideas about preparing wonderful new curry recipes, disappointment is around the corner!  It is true that there is one curry recipe, on pages 41/42, but

Yummy Easy Quick

Matt Preston Published by PLUM  39.99 The World’s Best Rissoles I must admit this isn’t saying much! But, rissoles are back, baby. Good times. makes 12 prep: 20 mins cooking: 30 mins 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 small onion, fi

WHITE BREAD DREAMING

An extract from ‘Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia”. Edited by Anita Heiss. Black Inc RRP 29.99 One of my earliest memories is of eating white bread sandwiches with my dad. Not vegemite or peanut butter or devon and tomato sauce

AUSTRALIA RE-IMAGINED

Pan Macmillam.  RRP  $32.99 Hugh Mackay has spent almost his entire working life asking Australians about what makes us tick, what are our basic concerns, what gives us hope and meaning, why do we do what we do? His acute observations,

THE LUCKY GALAH

Tracy Sorensen.  Picador  RRP $29.95 This book is the story of a Galah, and the people in a small town who are important in her story. The small town is Port Badminton. With some exceptions – the bank, the post

The Coal Truth: The fight to stop Adani, defeat the big polluters and reclaim our democracy

David Ritter  $29.99 Since 2012, the fight to stop the opening of the vast Galilee coal basin has emerged as an iconic pivot of the Australian climate and environment movement. The Coal Truth: the fight to stop Adani, defeat the

Elizabeth Macarthur. . . “LIFE AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD.”

Michelle Scott Tucker Text Publishing  RRP $32.99 For those growing up during the twentieth century, a lot of information was available regarding the development of agriculture, during the formative years of the various Australian states and territories. Much of this

Remember the Snake Man of La Perouse?

During much of my adult life, whilst living in Sydney, I have taken overseas visitors to two places.   One is The Snake Man of La Perouse, and the other is the Reptile Park, near Gosford.  People from Europe are

The first casualty

Peter Greste Penguin Random House.  RRP $35.00 Al Jazeera is an international news and current affairs TV network, owned by Al Jazeera Media Network, a state-owned organisation, based in Qatar, established in 1996.  Al Jazeera’s spread, geographically and nation-based, is

Maggie has the recipe

One of the nicest things about being a guest at a Writer’s Festival, is meeting interesting people, who happen to have written a book or two. So, I was thrilled to meet Maggie Beer, great cook and writer, TV personality,

MARTIN SHARP, HIS LIFE AND TIMES

Joyce Morgan.  ALLEN AND UNWIN. RRP  $34.99   The late1940s and the 1950s were very much a quiet period in Australia’s history.  The horrors of World War 2 were being replaced by the rebuilding of lives, homes, families, infrastructure, and