The Yellow Villa by Amanda Hampson book cover
Book reviews

The Yellow Villa, by Amanda Hampson

Do you really need to move to the other side of the world to start a new life? That’s what thirty-something former Sydneysiders Mia and Ben think, in The Yellow Villa (published by Penguin Random House, 2018), the fourth novel of Sydney based Australian author Amanda Hampson. The couple have moved lock, stock, and barrel …

Continue Reading
Monday 26 July 2021
Book Marks

Bookmarks: Monday 26 July, 2021

Another week, another book prize announcement coming up, and for those in some parts of Australia, the prospect of an ongoing lockdown. Books, movies, exercise, work from home, and Facetime, will see us through hopefully. Currently reading The Bass Rock, by Evie Wyld. The Booker Prize Longlist The longlist of contenders for the 2021 Booker …

Continue Reading
The Paper House book cover
Book reviews

The Paper House, by Anna Spargo-Ryan

Sometimes it’s difficult to see the story for the words in The Paper House (published by Picador/Pan Macmillan Australia, 2016), the debut novel of Australian journalist and writer, Anna Spargo-Ryan. But let me elaborate before going any further. Heather and Dave are a young couple who move to Melbourne, so Dave can take up a …

Continue Reading
Rhinos in Nebraska book cover
Book covers

Rhinos in Nebraska by Alison Pearce Stevens

A century ago people hiking through what is now Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park, in the U.S. state Nebraska, reported finding animal bone fragments. In 1953 Donald Peterson, a teenage farm worker, found part of rhinoceros skill in the area. Though he didn’t know it then, Peterson had stumbled upon a paleontological treasure trove. …

Continue Reading
The Nowhere Child book cover
Book reviews

The Nowhere Child, by Christian White

Aspiring novelists looking for pointers on how to structure their plots should look no further than The Nowhere Child (published by Affirm Press, 2017), the debut novel of Melbourne based Australian author Christian White. In short, start with a simple idea and proceed to complicate the hell out of it. The former web designer in …

Continue Reading
Book marks 19 July 2021
Book Marks

Bookmarks: Monday 19 July, 2021

A slightly quieter week on the cards, I think. No major announcements to look forward to, for instance. And if you’re in some parts of Australia, including Sydney where I am, COVID enforced lockdowns, seeing most of us staying home for the time-being. Currently reading Sorrow and Bliss, by Meg Mason. Last week’s book reviews …

Continue Reading