Quick Shots Book Review: Vida by Jacqueline Kent

Vida: A woman for our time... About the Book: Vida Goldstein was an advocate for women's rights, a campaigner for peace, fought for the distribution of wealth, and a trail-blazer who provided leadership and inspiration to innumerable people. Blazing her trail at the dawn of the twentieth century, Vida Goldstein remains Australia’s most celebrated crusader … Continue reading Quick Shots Book Review: Vida by Jacqueline Kent

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