February 11, 2021

VINTAGE 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 [...]
February 8, 2021

BOOK REVIEW: Elizabeth and her German Garden by Elizabeth von Arnim

"Elizabeth and Her German Garden," a novel by Elizabeth von Arnim, was popular and frequently reprinted during the early years of the 20th century. "Elizabeth and Her German Garden" is a year's diary written by Elizabeth about her experiences learning gardening and interacting with her friends.
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 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 31, 2020

BOOK REVIEW: The Ride Of A Lifetime by Robert Iger

In 2005, Robert Iger became CEO of The Walt Disney Company during a difficult time. Morale had deteriorated, competition was more intense, and technology was changing faster than at any time in the company's history. "I knew there was nothing to be gained from arguing over the past," Iger writes. "The only thing that mattered [...]
July 29, 2020

VINTAGE BOOK REVIEW: Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

In this inimitable, beloved classic—graceful, lucid and lyrical—Anne Morrow Lindbergh shares her meditations on youth and age; love and marriage; peace, solitude and contentment as she set them down during a brief vacation by the sea. Drawing inspiration from the shells [...]
March 16, 2020

BOOK REVIEW: Mermaid Singing by Charmian Clift

The Blurb (from Goodreads): The story of a year spent by two Australian writers on the Greek island of Kalymnos in the 1950s. My Thoughts: This […]
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 [...]
February 26, 2020

VINTAGE BOOK REVIEW: The Shepherd’s Life by James Rebanks

Some people's lives are entirely their own creations. James Rebanks' isn't. The first son of a shepherd, who was the first son of a shepherd himself, he and his family have lived and worked in and around the Lake District for generations. Their way of life is ordered by the seasons [...]
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 [...]
January 14, 2020

BOOK REVIEW: Staying by Jessie Cole

As children, Jessie Cole and her brother Jake ran wild, free to roam their rainforest home as they pleased. They had each other, parents who adored them, and two mysterious, beautiful, clever half-sisters, Billie and Zoe, who came to visit every holidays. But when Jessie was on the cusp of adolescence, tragedy struck [...]

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