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

Behind the Pen with P.J. Roscoe

Today I warmly welcome UK multi-genre author, P.J. Roscoe, to Behind the Pen. Over to you Paula...     How many novels have you written and published? I have written five novels. ‘Echoes’, ‘Freya’s Child’, ‘Between Worlds’, ‘Diary of Margery Blake’ are all available now. ‘Where Rivers Meet’ is in the queue at the publishers … Continue reading Behind the Pen with P.J. Roscoe

New Release Book Review: The Wasp and The Orchid by Danielle Clode

The Wasp and The Orchid: The Remarkable Life of Australian Naturalist Edith Coleman... About the Book: 'Have you met Mrs Edith Coleman? If not you must - I am sure you will like her - she's just A1 and a splendid naturalist.' In 1922, a 48-year-old housewife from Blackburn delivered her first paper, on native … Continue reading New Release Book Review: The Wasp and The Orchid by Danielle Clode