Book Review: The Last List of Miss Judith Kratt by Andrea Bobotis

The Last List of Miss Judith Kratt… About the Book: One spinster sister must unravel the complicated secrets of her family to reveal their true legacy. Judith inherited all the Kratt family had to offer – the pie safe, the copper clock, the murder that no one talked about. She’s presided over the house quite … Continue reading Book Review: The Last List of Miss Judith Kratt by Andrea Bobotis

The Classics Eight: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Scarlet Letter... About the Book: In The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne takes readers back to the puritan days of the American colonies, into a society as unforgiving as its harsh New England winters. The story of Hester Prynne, who bears a scarlet “A” upon her breast as a symbol of her adultery, and that … Continue reading The Classics Eight: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

New Release Book Review: Evening in Paradise by Lucia Berlin

Evening in Paradise... About the Book: The publication of A Manual for Cleaning Women, Lucia Berlin’s dazzling collection of short stories, marked the rediscovery of a writer whose talent had gone unremarked by many. The incredible reaction to Lucia’s writing – her ability to capture the beauty and ugliness that coexist in everyday lives, the … Continue reading New Release Book Review: Evening in Paradise by Lucia Berlin

Book Review: The Beguiled by Thomas Cullinan

The Beguiled… About the Book: A classic slice of Southern Gothic, shot through with psychological suspense. When an injured Union soldier is found in the Virginia woods as the Civil War rages, he is brought to the nearby Miss Martha Farnsworth Seminary for Young Ladies to recover. For the sheltered girls and their teachers, the … Continue reading Book Review: The Beguiled by Thomas Cullinan

Film Review: Hemingway & Gellhorn

Hemingway & Gellhorn... Director: Philip Kaufman Cast Leads: Nicole Kidman (Martha Gellhorn) & Clive Owen (Ernest Hemingway) Released: 2012 by HBO (Television release) Incidentals: MA15+ 154 minutes running time About: Starring two of today’s most acclaimed actors, and directed by Oscar nominee Philip Kaufman (in his first film for television), Hemingway & Gellhorn tells the story of the passionate love affair … Continue reading Film Review: Hemingway & Gellhorn

My Reading Life: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Little Women is a novel that repeatedly shows up as a favourite for so many readers and writers. In fact, in my own interview series, Behind the Pen, many interviewees have cited Little Women as a childhood favourite. Likewise, in the Australian Women Writers historical fiction Sunday Spotlight interviews, a standard question I ask is … Continue reading My Reading Life: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott