Book Review: The Bee and the Orange Tree by Melissa Ashley

The Bee and the Orange Tree... About the Book: It’s 1699, and the salons of Paris are bursting with the creative energy of fierce, independent-minded women. But outside those doors, the patriarchal forces of Louis XIV and the Catholic Church are moving to curb their freedoms. In this battle for equality, Baroness Marie Catherine D’Aulnoy … Continue reading Book Review: The Bee and the Orange Tree by Melissa Ashley

#BRPreview Book Review: Maggie’s Going Nowhere by Rose Hartley

Maggie’s Going Nowhere… About the Book: Maggie’s Going Nowhere is a fierce and funny debut introducing a thoroughly relatable and offbeat heroine. If you enjoy Fleabag, you'll adore Maggie! 'A compulsive and hilarious read. In Maggie, Hartley has created one of those indelible characters of whom we must thoroughly disapprove and yet cannot help but … Continue reading #BRPreview Book Review: Maggie’s Going Nowhere by Rose Hartley

Book Review: Just One Wish by Rachael Johns

Just One Wish... About the Book: Three women, three secrets, one life-changing journey. Alice has always been a trailblazer as a scientist, activist and mother. She knew her choices would involve sacrifices, but now, on the eve of her eightieth birthday, she's beginning to wonder if she's sacrificed too much. Alice's daughter, Sappho, rebelled against … Continue reading Book Review: Just One Wish by Rachael Johns

Book Review: Invented Lives by Andrea Goldsmith

Invented Lives... About the Book: Knowing what you want is hard. Accepting what is possible is harder still. It is the mid-1980s. In Australia, stay-at-home wives jostle with want-it-all feminists, while AIDS threatens the sexual freedom of everyone. On the other side of the world, the Soviet bloc is in turmoil. Mikhail Gorbachev has been … Continue reading Book Review: Invented Lives by Andrea Goldsmith

Book Review: Rosa: Memories With Licence by Ros Collins

Rosa: Memories With Licence... About the Book: As British as Earl Grey tea, ‘Rosa’ has spent most of her life in Melbourne. Her children and grandchildren are all Australian-born, as was Alan, her writer husband. But Rosa is hesitant about an unconditional commitment to Vegemite, mateship and the ANZAC legend; she remains a perennial migrant, … Continue reading Book Review: Rosa: Memories With Licence by Ros Collins

Book Review: Cross My Heart by Pamela Cook

Cross My Heart… About the Book: When a promise kept means a life is broke… Tessa De Santis’s child-free marriage in inner-city Sydney is ordered and comfortable, and she likes it that way. When tragedy strikes and her childhood friend Skye Whittaker dies, Tess is bound to honour a promise to become foster-mother to Skye’s … Continue reading Book Review: Cross My Heart by Pamela Cook

Book Review: Paris Savages by Katherine Johnson

Paris Savages… About The Book: ‘This story has its genesis in fact, when three Fraser Island people were taken to Germany in 1882–83. The sole survivor was Bonangera (Boni/Bonny) whose life-size plaster cast remains at the Musée des Confluences, Lyon, France. The silencing that Badtjala people continue to endure in the localised historiography of place … Continue reading Book Review: Paris Savages by Katherine Johnson