March 13, 2020

VINTAGE BOOK REVIEW: Witch Child by Celia Rees

Enter the world of young Mary Newbury, a world where simply being different can cost a person her life. Hidden until now in the pages of her diary, Mary's startling story begins in 1659, the year her beloved grandmother is hanged in the public square as a witch [...]
March 12, 2020

BOOK REVIEW: Star-Crossed by Minnie Darke

Sometimes even destiny needs a little bit of help. When childhood sweethearts Justine (Sagittarius and serious skeptic) and Nick (Aquarius and true believer) bump into each other as adults, a life-changing love affair seems inevitable. To Justine, anyway. [...]
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 6, 2020

BOOK REVIEW: Angel Mage by Garth Nix

More than a century has passed since Liliath crept into the empty sarcophagus of Saint Marguerite, fleeing the Fall of Ystara. But she emerges from her magical sleep still beautiful, looking no more than nineteen, and once again renews her single-minded quest to be united with her lover, Palleniel, the archangel of Ystara.
March 4, 2020

VINTAGE BOOK REVIEW: Ember Island by Kimberley Freeman

1890: Orphaned as a small child, Tilly Kirkland found a loving, safe home with her grandfather in Dorset. But nineteenth-century England is an unforgiving place for a young woman with limited means and as her grandfather's health fails [...]
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 [...]
February 28, 2020

BOOK REVIEW: The Story Keeper by Anna Mazzola

Audrey Hart is on the Isle of Skye to collect the word-of-mouth folk tales of the people and communities around her. It is 1857, the Highland Clearances have left devastation and poverty, and the crofters are suspicious and hostile, claiming they no longer know their stories [...]
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 [...]