New Release Book Review: The King’s War by Mark Logue and Peter Conradi

The King’s War… About the Book: The extraordinary follow-up to the international bestseller The King's Speech The broadcast that George VI made to the nation on the outbreak of war in September 1939 - which formed the climax of the multi Oscar-winning film The King's Speech - was the product of years of hard work … Continue reading New Release Book Review: The King’s War by Mark Logue and Peter Conradi

New Release Book Review: The Kinship of Secrets by Eugenia Kim

The Kinship of Secrets... About the Book: The riveting story of two sisters, one raised in the United States, the other in South Korea, and the family that bound them together even as the Korean War kept them apart. In 1948 Najin and Calvin Cho, with their young daughter Miran, travel from South Korea to … Continue reading New Release Book Review: The Kinship of Secrets by Eugenia Kim

Movie Recommendation: The Zookeeper’s Wife

Beginning in 1939, set in Warsaw, Poland, The Zookeeper's Wife tells the true story of Antonina Zabinski and her husband, Dr. Jan Zabinski, and how they rescued and saved the lives of more than 300 Jewish people from the Warsaw Ghetto throughout the years of Nazi occupation within Poland. At the beginning of the movie, … Continue reading Movie Recommendation: The Zookeeper’s Wife

New Release Book Review: What Will Be Worn by Melissa Fagan

What Will Be Worn: A McWhirters Story... About the Book: Sometimes it seems the most invaluable stories can be found in the unlikeliest of corners. For all who know Brisbane, McWhirters, a once celebrated department store in Fortitude Valley, is an icon. For Melissa Fagan, it is also the starting point for this remarkable exploration … Continue reading New Release Book Review: What Will Be Worn by Melissa Fagan

New Release Book Review: The Imperial Tea Party by Frances Welch

The Imperial Tea Party... About the Book: Written with Frances Welch’s famously waspish eye for detail, this is another fascinating, percipient, revelatory and often quite hilariously funny book from the master of Russian history. Russia and Britain were never natural bedfellows. But the marriage, in 1894, of Queen Victoria’s favourite granddaughter, Alicky, to the Tsarevich … Continue reading New Release Book Review: The Imperial Tea Party by Frances Welch

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

New Release Book Review: The Missing Man by Peter Rees

The Missing Man... About the Book: From the outback to Tarakan, the powerful story of Len Waters, the RAAF's only WWII Aboriginal fighter pilot.   He was our first Aboriginal fighter pilot, he flew multiple sorties during Australia's World War II Pacific campaign, and he should have had a world of opportunity ahead of him … Continue reading New Release Book Review: The Missing Man by Peter Rees

TV Series in Review: The Collection – Historical Drama

  Earlier this year, I read The Paris Seamstress by Natasha Lester, an absolutely gorgeous novel that I loved to bits. I went into a fair bit of detail in that review about my love for fashion, specifically: I will happily admit up front that I love fashion. My grandmother was a dressmaker, professionally in … Continue reading TV Series in Review: The Collection – Historical Drama