“Reminiscences”: A New Look at an Old Document by Richard Carroll

Tom Petrie’s Reminiscences of Early Queensland, written by his daughter Constance, provides detailed accounts of many aspects of Aboriginal culture and relates the experiences and adventures of Tom and his family from the 1830s to the 1860s. Reminiscences first appeared in serial form in the Queenslander from 26 April 1902 to 7 August 1903, though […]

“WHITE GHOSTS” By Richard Carroll – A review by Tony Cole

I have just finished reading this book by a local writer and I am happy to say that I enjoyed it enormously, and also that it gave me a lot of food for thought about how the European occupation of this country was managed and Queensland came to be the place it is. At its […]

Selected Stories, by Mary Mageau – Reviewed by Tony Cole

Mary Mageau, a well-known local writer, has just brought out a collection of her short stories, under the title Selected Stories which I have just read with pleasure. The stories that Mary has included in this book range over a very wide range of styles and content, from a short novella to a collection of […]

Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko

Review by Richard Carroll In Ceremony, Leslie Marmon Silko writes from the perspective of an Indigenous American and explores the theme of change as a necessity for continuity and survival. Indigenous people acknowledge that humans are different from other forms of life. However, Silko says: “Yet we are all from the same source: the awareness […]

Angela’s Reviews

Christmas at the Beach Cafe by Lucy Diamond This is pure poolside/ rainy afternoon fodder. Not difficult to read and lovely characters – set in an off-beat place that leaves you feeling happy and content. Evie has inherited her aunt’s beach-side cafe in some lonely spot in the UK.  The story follows the compilation of […]

Warrior by Libby Connors

Review by Richard Carroll Connor’s work is a significant contribution to this state’s historical record and while non-fiction may not be everyone’s cup of tea, I can thoroughly recommend Warrior if you are an amateur of Australia’s past and the “non-war” the Aboriginal people waged against the invaders of their country. Connors explains how the […]

A Review Of Isabel Allende’s “The Japanese Lover”

Our resident book reviewer (Angela Galvin) has just given us several book reviews, so the start the ball rolling, here is the first of them. The Japanese Lover, By Isabel Allende – A Review I spent a lot of my adult years not reading anything written by women because the stuff I had read lacked […]

Vanity Fair – Book Review By Angela Galvin.

Our resident book reviewer – Angela Galvin, has just given us a review of an old, but much loved book, Vanity Fair by the splendidly named author, William Makepeace Thackeray. Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray Spurred on by the recent miniseries of this book I decided to read it again after many, many years. […]

My favourite author, Sebastian Faulks. Margie Riley.

An adored aunt, an avid reader, recommended Birdsong to me; my copy was printed in 1994. Once I had read it (and I’ve re-read a number of times) I was hooked. The only one of Faulks’ books I haven’t enjoyed as much as the others is Girl at the Lion D’Or; I seem to remember […]

A Free eBook Offer “For the Love of Trees” Mary Mageau

A free ebook offer from one of our main contributing writers, Mary Mageau. If this brief introduction to her book on trees intrigues you, please follow the link at the bottom of the text to obtain the actual ebook. —————————————————– For The Love Of Trees So many people love and enjoy trees. Dame Judi Dench […]