An Unknown Sky, by Susan Midalia

An Unknown Sky, by Susan Midalia

In but a few words, some writers can create whole stories, rich characters, and stir emotion in their readers. Sue Midalia is one of them. This, however, is the problem that I have with short stories. You see, when I read I like to snuggle down in bed or curl up on a...
Meme: Books and Writers Q & A

Meme: Books and Writers Q & A

I’ve been tagged by Laurie Steed at The Gum Wall to join in a fun Books and Writers Q & A. I always enjoy a game, so here goes: Book Q&A Rules 1. Post these rules. 2. Post a photo of your favourite book cover. 3. Answer the questions below. 4. Tag a few people...
Elemental, by Amanda Curtin

Elemental, by Amanda Curtin

Elemental is Amanda Curtin’s second novel and it is a huge work, richly researched and steeped in atmosphere. It takes the reader on a geographical and chronological journey – from the isolated fishing village of Roanhaven on the north-east coast of Scotland at the...
Fractured, by Dawn Barker

Fractured, by Dawn Barker

WARNING: Possible spoiler alert — I’ve tried not to divulge specific detail in this review, but found I couldn’t do it justice without hinting at some of the events. Dr Dawn Barker, who is also a child psychiatrist, has tackled a courageous topic in her debut...
Piano Lessons, by Anna Goldsworthy

Piano Lessons, by Anna Goldsworthy

I learned piano as a child and gave it up at fourteen, a decision I will regret for the rest of my days. My kids now learn music, all four of them. I’m quite, how should I put it, uncompromising, some say obsessed, about their music. Perhaps it’s because of my...
Whisky Charlie Foxtrot, by Annabel Smith

Whisky Charlie Foxtrot, by Annabel Smith

This is my second book review for the Australian Women Writers Challenge 2013. I recently finished Annabel Smith’s second novel, Whisky Charlie Foxtrot  (Fremantle Press 2012). It is the story of two boys, identical twins, Charlie and...
Elsewhere in Success, by Iris Lavell

Elsewhere in Success, by Iris Lavell

Okay, I’m late to the party, but I’ve signed up for the Australian Women Writers Challenge for 2013. This challenge is for anyone, as it says on their website, for ‘male, female, reader, writer, teacher, librarian, bookseller, publisher, Australian...