September 18, 2020

BOOK REVIEW: I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death by Maggie O’Farrell

We are never closer to life than when we brush up against the possibility of death. I Am, I Am, I Am is Maggie O'Farrell's astonishing memoir of the near-death experiences that have punctuated and defined her life. The childhood illness that left her bedridden for a year,
September 12, 2020

VINTAGE BOOK REVIEW: Rising Ground: A Search for the Spirit of Place by Philip Marsden

Why do we react so strongly to certain places? Why do layers of mythology build up around particular features in the landscape? When Philip Marsden moved to a remote creekside farmhouse in Cornwall, the intensity of his response took him aback.
September 10, 2020

BOOK REVIEW:Something Beautiful Happened – A Story of Survival and Courage in the Face of Evil by Yvette Manessis Corporon

Seventy years after her grandmother helped hide a Jewish family on a Greek island during World War II, a woman sets out to track down their descendants—and discovers a new way to understand tragedy, forgiveness, and the power of kindness.
July 1, 2020

BOOK REVIEW: Phosphorescence by Julia Baird

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June 8, 2020

BOOK REVIEW: Two Owls at Eton: A True Story by Jonathan Franklin

When Jonathan Franklin takes two baby tawny owls back to Eton, he has no idea how chaotic the following months will be. The birds show no respect for Etonian routine and tradition. They trash his room and rule his daily life, and are known throughout the school as 'Dum' and 'Dee' [...]
May 1, 2020

BOOK REVIEW: Daffodil: Biography of a Flower by Helen O’Neill

A beautifully illustrated, visually lush and intriguing book about the world's most popular and most powerful flower. The daffodil is the beautiful first flower of spring, the inspiration of poets, a treasure-trove to scientists and a symbol of everything from unrequited love, [...]
March 27, 2020

VINTAGE BOOK REVIEW: Hanns & Rudolf: The True Story of the German Jew Who Tracked Down and Caught the Kommandant of Auschwitz by Thomas Harding

May 1945. In the aftermath of the Second Word War, the first British War Crimes Investigation Team is assembled to hunt down the senior Nazi officials responsible for the greatest atrocities the world has ever seen. One of the lead investigators [...]
March 8, 2020

BOOK REVIEW: You Daughters of Freedom: The Australians Who Won the Vote and Inspired the World by Clare Wright

For the ten years from 1902, when Australia’s suffrage campaigners won the vote for white women, the world looked to this trailblazing young democracy for inspiration. Clare Wright’s epic new history tells the story of that victory [...]
March 4, 2020

BOOK REVIEW: The Joy of High Places by Patti Miller

A soaring memoir of longing, resilience and delight in the natural world. In this extraordinary and unexpected book, Patti tells the story of her own long-distance walking over hundreds of kilometres in Europe and of her brother’s obsession with paragliding. As adults, a tragic accident changes their relationship. One day, Barney’s wing [...]
March 2, 2020

BOOK REVIEW: Diving for Seahorses by Hilde Ostby & Ylva Ostby

Diving for Seahorses answers these questions and more, offering an illuminating look at one of our most fascinating faculties: our memory. Sisters Hilde and Ylva Østby – one an acclaimed writer the other a neuropsychologist—skilfully interweave history, research and personal stories in this fascinating exploration [...]
January 14, 2020

BOOK REVIEW: Hearing Maud by Jessica White

I love creative non-fiction, particularly when it weaves personal memoir with an in-depth examination of some aspect of human culture. And I’ve been interested in deafness and sign language ever since reading about Helen Keller as a child. So as soon as I heard about this book, I knew I was interested in reading it [...]
January 14, 2020

VINTAGE BOOK REVIEW: Ghost Empire by Richard Fidler

In 2014, Richard Fidler and his son Joe made a journey to Istanbul. Fired by Richard's passion for the rich history of the dazzling Byzantine Empire - centred around the legendary Constantinople - we are swept into some of the most extraordinary tales in history. The clash of civilizations, the fall of empires [...]

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