Review: A Waltz for Matilda

A Waltz for Matilda by Jackie French The Matilda Saga #1 Angus & Robertson 2010 479 pages YA Historical Fiction

1894. Matilda is just twelve, pretending to be fourteen so she can work in the nearby jam factory while her mother is ill and bedridden. She continues to write to the father she’s never […]

Review: The Narrow Road to the Deep North

The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan Vintage Books 2013 Trade Paperback 467 pages Historical Fiction

I wanted to read this as soon as I watched it discussed on ABC’s The Book Club in late 2013. Most of the panellists loved it but not all; it was the descriptions and conversations […]

Review: Let the Land Speak

Let the Land Speak: A History of Our Nation by Jackie French HarperCollins 2013 Hardback 430 pages Non-fiction: History, Environment, Culture & Society, Agriculture, Aboriginal Relations, Economics

Jackie French is the Australian Children’s Laureate and a super-prolific writer of over 115 books: numerous children’s and teen novels and series, picture books (my favourite is […]

Review: Shadow's Claim

Shadow’s Claim by Kresley Cole The Dacians #1; Immortals After Dark #12.5 Pocket Books 2012 Mass Market Paperback 481 pages Paranormal Romance; Urban Fantasy

When young half-demon, half-sorceress Bettina is attacked and nearly killed by Vrekeners, who also steal her power, it is only a summoning medallion that saves her life, bringing her back […]

Review: Seven Nights in a Rogue's Bed

Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed by Anna Campbell Sons of Sin #1 Forever 2012 Mass Market Paperback Historical Romance

When Sidonie Forsythe’s reckless older sister, Roberta, Lady Hillbrook, incurs a large gaming debt, the man she’s in debt to demands a night of her company in payment. Roberta’s husband, William, is already a […]

Review: Othello

The Tragedy of Othello the Moor of Venice by William Shakespeare Introduction by Russ McDonald Penguin Books 2001 Trade Paperback 145 pages Classics; Play

As I try to catch up on reviews of books read earlier in the year, this being the middle of December, I very nearly overlooked this gem of a play. […]

Review: Prairie Ostrich

Prairie Ostrich by Tamai Kobayashi Goose Lane 2014 Trade Paperback with Flaps 196 pages Historical Fiction

1974, Bittercreek, Alberta. Eight-year-old Egg Murakami is the youngest of three children born to Japanese-Canadian parents who have an ostrich farm in outside this small prairie town. Her older sister, seventeen-year-old Kathy, is a star basketball player and […]

Hugh's Library: Five Fun Titles

I’m Green and I’m Grumpy! by Alison Lester Puffin Books 2009 (1993) Paperback 16 pages Picture Book

I absolutely love Alison Lester‘s picture books, and this one is no exception.

The kids are getting dressed up in costumes behind the green door, while the others wait outside and guess what the next person […]