book review

Three Gold Coins – Josephine Moon

2018-11-16T17:18:04+00:00 Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Kate's review
A warm-hearted contemporary tale set in Australia and Italy, Three Gold Coins is the first book written by Josephine Moon that I have read but it won’t be the last. I just loved the skilful twisting together of romance and suspense, chick-lit and family drama. This is a novel which celebrates family ties, food and the importance of kindness, all things which I passionately believe in.

 Josephine Moon sensitively explores themes of depression and mental illness, psychological abuse and violence, which give her story extra gravitas to balance the charm.

The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart – Holly Ringland

2018-09-22T14:17:39+00:00 Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |

Kate's review
An astonishingly assured debut, The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart is a story of love, loss, betrayal and the redemptive power of storytelling. It is both heart-breaking and life-affirming. A coming-of-age story with a vividly evocative Australian setting, this novel follows the story of Alice Hart who must learn to escape the shadows of an abusive father in order to build a life for herself. The Australian landscape, and its strange and beautiful flora, has a potent presence in the novel.

The Lace Weaver – Lauren Chater

2018-08-27T17:23:52+00:00 Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Kate's review
A heart-wrenching novel of love, war and resistance set in Estonia in the 1940s, The Lace Weaver tells the story of two very different young women and their struggle to survive in a country caught between two of the greatest evils of the 20th century: Stalin’s Red Army and Hitler’s Third Reich. This is a novel of love and war, heartbreak and hope, and the bonds between women, delicate as lace and yet as unbreakable as steel.

The Beast’s Heart – Leife Shallcross

2018-08-27T17:17:05+00:00 Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |

Kate's review
The Beast's Heart by debut Australian author Leife Shallcross is a retelling of the classic French fairy-tale ‘La Belle et la Bête’, told from the perspective of the Beast. Like many lovers of fairy-tales, it is one of my own personal favourites and I have drawn upon its symbols and structures in my own novel, The Beast’s Garden, which is set in Nazi Germany.

King of Ashes – Raymond E. Feist

2018-08-13T22:08:05+00:00 Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Sarah's review
Fantasy fans have been awaiting Raymond E. Feist’s ‘King of Ashes’ the first novel of his new trilogy, The Firemane Saga, with keen interest. It is the first book Feist has written outside the universe of The Riftwar Cycle in more than 30 years, and few knew what to expect. The fantasy master wanted to break with tradition, and he has. In Garn, magic takes a back seat to politics and the social context, while human passions - the lust for power, love and revenge - take centre stage.

The Museum of Modern Love – Heather Rose

2018-08-14T08:13:13+00:00 Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |

Kate's review
I love art in all its forms, and had heard so many wonderful reviews of The Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose (which won the 2017 Stella Prize) that I had been wanting to read it for a long time. And I am so glad I did. It is definitely one of the best books I've read this year. Quite possibly, one of the best books I've read ever.

The Inaugural Meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Book Club – Sophie Green

2018-07-15T15:51:59+00:00 Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |

Sarah's review
Set in the isolation of the vast, sparsely populated Northern Territory, in a land of cattle stations and stockmen during 1978-1981, The Inaugural Fairvale Ladies Book Club harks back to an even earlier Australia. Just as Australia’s pioneer women suffered the trials of isolation, the women of the small towns and cattle stations in Australia’s north continue this tradition today.

Peach – Emma Glass

2018-06-04T16:58:08+00:00 Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

Sarah's review
Prepare to be surprised, puzzled and disoriented. Peach, by young debut author Emma Glass, is a vivid, visceral novella that opens in a nightmare. The protagonist Peach, staggers home after being assaulted, blood trickling down her legs, and the smell of her attacker on her skin. Nothing will ever be the same again. She has changed, but her reality hasn’t. Her assault stalks her waking life: it contaminates her work, home life and romance.

Saga Land – Richard Fidler and Kari Gislason

2018-06-04T16:51:39+00:00 Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

Kate's review
I loved Richard Fidler’s earlier book, Ghost Empire, about his journey to Constantinople with his son, which entwined travel-writing with history and legend in a very personable and beguiling way. I’ve also been interested in Iceland and its astonishing sagas for quite some time. So I was keen to read Saga Land from the second I heard about it.

Two Steps Forward

2018-04-27T13:32:02+00:00 Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Sarah's review
What’s not to like? Two Steps Forward is a light-hearted, romantic romp across the world-heritage-listed Camino; a pilgrim’s path that crosses France and Spain. The characters do all the hard work: the walking (a mere 2,000 kilometres), the socialising (200,000 pilgrims attempt the trail each year), and the soul-searching (who doesn’t have problems); while you sit back and enjoy the journey.

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