Australia Day Book Giveaway Blog Hop!

To celebrate Australia Day and Australian books and authors, Shelleyrae of Book’d Out has organised the third annual Australia Day Giveaway Blog Hop. Australian book bloggers are invited to participate each year, to host a giveaway of an Aussie book.

This is my first time participating in this particular blog hop, and I’m very […]

Australian Women's Writers Challenge - 2013 wrap-up, 2014 sign-up

I was keen to sign up for the Australian Women Writer’s Challenge in 2013, having enjoyed hearing about all the great books others read and reviewed for the challenge in 2012.

I erred on the side of caution, though, and aimed low, signing up for the Miles level: read and review 6 books (fiction […]

Review: The Road to Gundagai

The Road to Gundagai by Jackie French The Matilda Saga #3 Angus & Robertson 2013 Trade Paperback 434 pages YA Historical Fiction

Victoria, 1932. On her sixteenth birthday, Bluebell “Blue” Laurence looks in the mirror of her bedroom in her aunt’s rented house in Willow Creek, and sees a monster. The scars from the […]

Review: Staunch

Staunch: Ward of the State by Ginger Briggs Affirm Press 2012 Trade Paperback 295 pages Fiction

In 1984, when he was twelve years old, Andy was sent to Wakma Reception Centre in Ballarat because Wakma Reception Centre was the type of place kids like Andy got sent. It was the place you went if […]

Hugh's Library: Welcome Home

Welcome Home by Christina Booth Ford Street Publishing 2013 Hardback 32 pages Picture Book

During the early years of colonisation in Australia, the captains of convict ships as well as whaling boats were encouraged to kill whales – especially the “right whale”, so called because they were considered the “right” whale to hunt. The […]

Review: A Fortune for the Brave

A Fortune for the Brave by Nan Chauncy Illustrated by Margaret Horder Oxford University Press 1954 Hardback 198 pages Classics; Children’s/YA Fiction; Adventure

On the east coast of Tasmania where the world’s sunshine is doled out in full measure, there stands a gaunt, solid house of stone. Pine trees protect it on three sides […]

Review: Outback Dreams

Outback Dreams by Rachael Johns Bunyip Bay #1 Harlequin Mira 2013 Large Format Paperback 347 pages Romance

Faith Forrester and Daniel Montgomery have been best friends for ever. Their family’s farms at Bunyip Bay in Western Australia were next to each other, and until the day Monty’s parents sold theirs and moved to Perth, […]

Review: Barracuda

Barracuda by Christos Tsiolkas Allen & Unwin 2013 Trade Paperback 513 pages Fiction

In 1994, thirteen-year-old Daniel Kelly begins his first year at one of the swankiest boy’s private schools in Victoria – a place he and his best friend, Demet, nickname Cunts College. His mother’s a hairdresser and his dad’s a long-distance truck […]