Book Review: The Haunting of Alma Fielding by Kate Summerscale

The Haunting of Alma Fielding: A True Ghost Story... SHORTLISTED FOR THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE 2020 About the Book: London, 1938. Alma Fielding, an ordinary young woman, begins to experience supernatural events in her suburban home. Nandor Fodor – a Jewish-Hungarian refugee and chief ghost hunter for the International Institute for Psychical research – begins … Continue reading Book Review: The Haunting of Alma Fielding by Kate Summerscale

Author Talks: Sue Williams on discovering two remarkable friends and their shared story of changing the world, one patient at a time

I first met Australian icon Dr Catherine Hamlin when I went travelling in Ethiopia at the end of 2017. I spent a few days at the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital talking to her for a magazine article, and learning about her tremendous work caring for girls and women who were suffering debilitating childbirth injuries, and … Continue reading Author Talks: Sue Williams on discovering two remarkable friends and their shared story of changing the world, one patient at a time

Quick Shots Book Review: Becoming by Michelle Obama

Becoming... About the Book: An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States. In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America-the first African-American to … Continue reading Quick Shots Book Review: Becoming by Michelle Obama

Book Review: Fathoms: the world in the whale by Rebecca Giggs

Fathoms... About the Book: When Rebecca Giggs encountered a humpback whale stranded on her local beach in Australia, she began to wonder how the lives of whales might shed light on the condition of our seas. How do whales experience environmental change? Has our connection to these fabled animals been transformed by technology? What future … Continue reading Book Review: Fathoms: the world in the whale by Rebecca Giggs

#BookBingo2020 – Round 5: Themes of Politics and Power

Bjelke Blues edited by Edwina Shaw Bjelke Blues is all about resistance during the nineteen years that Joh Bjelke-Petersen reigned as Premier of Queensland. It’s the kind of book that has you laughing while also crying and beating your head against the table. This was Queensland? It beggars belief. Countless remembrances written by a wide … Continue reading #BookBingo2020 – Round 5: Themes of Politics and Power

Book Review: Budgerigar by Sarah Harris & Don Baker

Budgerigar: How a brave, chatty and colourful little Aussie bird stole the world's heart... About the Book: A curiosity of everything you ever wanted to know (or realised you never knew) about budgies. Budgies, budgies, budgies. Beautiful and cheeky, delightful and enchanting, wild or tamed budgerigars are Australia's gift to the bird world. They sing … Continue reading Book Review: Budgerigar by Sarah Harris & Don Baker

Book Review: All Our Relations by Tanya Talaga

All Our Relations Indigenous trauma in the shadow of colonialism... About the Book: The world’s Indigenous communities are fighting to live and dying too young. In this vital and incisive work, Tanya Talaga explores intergenerational trauma and the alarming rise of youth suicide. From Northern Ontario to Nunavut, Norway, Brazil, Australia, and the United States, … Continue reading Book Review: All Our Relations by Tanya Talaga

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