Book Review: The Secret Life Of Shirley Sullivan by Lisa Ireland

The Secret Life Of Shirley Sullivan... About the Book: The Secret Life of Shirley Sullivan is a charming, nostalgic and heart-warming story for women of any age – and it all begins when 79-year-old Shirley kidnaps her husband from his nursing home for one final adventure . . . When Shirley Sullivan signs her 83-year-old … Continue reading Book Review: The Secret Life Of Shirley Sullivan by Lisa Ireland

Book Review: The Cake Maker’s Wish by Josephine Moon

The Cake Maker's Wish... About the Book: When single mum Olivia uproots her young son Darcy from their life in Tasmania for a new start in the English Cotswolds, she isn’t exactly expecting a bed of roses – but nor is she prepared for the challenges that life in the picturesque village throws her way. … Continue reading Book Review: The Cake Maker’s Wish by Josephine Moon

Author Talks: Leah Swann on Inventive explorations of motherhood in fiction

The eagle-featured mother in Angela Carter’s Bluebeard story “The Bloody Chamber” was an electrifying discovery as a student and lives on in me to this day. Back then, I’d read about oppressive mothers, unreliable mothers, fearsome mothers and loving mothers but never a fierce, swashbuckling mother like this one. Early in the story we learn … Continue reading Author Talks: Leah Swann on Inventive explorations of motherhood in fiction

Book Review: The Girl She Was by Rebecca Freeborn

The Girl She Was... About the Book: At the cafe in the small town of Glasswater Bay where she works after school, seventeen-year-old Layla enters into a volatile relationship with her married boss. Twenty years later, she receives a message from her former boss’s wife. As Layla relives the events from her youth that have … Continue reading Book Review: The Girl She Was by Rebecca Freeborn

Book Review: The End of Cuthbert Close by Cassie Hamer

The End of Cuthbert Close... About the Book: From bestselling author Cassie Hamer, comes a hilarious tale of warring neighbours in Australian suburbia, with a mystery at its heart. You can choose your friends, but you can't choose your neighbours. (Trad. proverb, origin: Australian suburbia) Food stylist Cara, corporate lawyer Alex and stay-at-home mum Beth … Continue reading Book Review: The End of Cuthbert Close by Cassie Hamer

Book Review: The Banksia Bay Beach Shack by Sandie Docker

The Banksia Bay Beach Shack... About the Book: A year is a long time in the memory of a small town. Stories get twisted, truths become warped, history is rewritten. MYSTERIES When Laura discovers an old photo of her grandmother, Lillian, with an intriguing inscription on the back, she heads to the sleepy seaside town … Continue reading Book Review: The Banksia Bay Beach Shack by Sandie Docker

Book Review: Bjelke Blues edited by Edwina Shaw

Bjelke Blues: Stories of Repression and Resistance in Joh Bjelke-Petersen’s Queensland 1968–1987... About the Book: ‘Bjelke Blues gives heart and soul to the remembrances of the men and women who were at the end of police batons... at the front line fighting for justice and decency’ – Matthew Condon, journalist and author of Three Crooked … Continue reading Book Review: Bjelke Blues edited by Edwina Shaw

Book Review: Riptides by Kirsten Alexander

Riptides... About the Book: Set in Queensland during a time of tremendous social upheaval, Riptides is a gripping family drama about dreams, choices and consequences, from the author of the acclaimed Half Moon Lake. One bad decision can tear your world apart... December 1974. Abby Campbell and her brother Charlie are driving to their father’s … Continue reading Book Review: Riptides by Kirsten Alexander