March 5, 2021

VINTAGE BOOK REVIEW: Miss Lily’s Lovely Ladies by Jackie French

Inspired by true events, this is the story of how society's 'lovely ladies' won a war. Each year at secluded Shillings Hall, in the snow-crisped English countryside, the mysterious Miss Lily draws around her young women selected from Europe's royal and most influential families [...]
March 3, 2021

VINTAGE BOOK REVIEW: The Pearler’s Wife by Roxane Dhand

From the high seas to the deep seabed, from the latticed verandahs of Buccaneer Bay to the gambling dens in Asia Place, The Pearler's Wife is a stunning debut, inspired by a small yet pivotal moment in Australian history. A distant land. A dangerous husband. A forbidden love [...]
March 1, 2021

VINTAGE BOOK REVIEW:A Sky Full of Birds: In Search of Britain’s Great Bird Gatherings by Matt Merritt

Britain is a nation of bird-lovers. However, few of us fully appreciate the sheer scale, variety and drama of our avian life. From city-centre hunters to vast flocks straight out of the Arctic wilderness, much-loved dawn songsters to the exotic invaders of supermarket car parks [...]
February 25, 2021

VINTAGE BOOK REVIEW:The Winter Bride – Anne Gracie

Damaris Chance’s unhappy past has turned her off the idea of marriage forever. But her guardian, Lady Beatrice Davenham, convinces her to make her coming out anyway—and have a season of carefree, uncomplicated fun. When Damaris finds herself trapped in a compromising [...]
February 22, 2021

BOOK REVIEW: Code Name Helene by Ariel Lawhon

This book is based on the life of Nancy Wake, an Australian expat who worked as a reporter for Hearst in Paris just before WWII and later as a spy for the British. Lawhon throws readers into the middle of the action, as Nancy, under the alias Hélène [...]
February 19, 2021

BOOK REVIEW: A Single Thread by Tracy Chevalier

Tracy Chevalier is one of my favourite writers. I find we have a lot of common interests –women’s stories, women’s art, women’s struggle. She’s one of the few authors whose books I will buy and read as a matter of course, regardless of where and when her books are set [...]
February 17, 2021

BOOK REVIEW: Ransom by David Malouf

A reimagination of one of the most famous stories in all of literature-Achilles's slaughter and desecration of Hector, and Priam's attempt to ransom his son's body in Homer's "The Iliad"-Ransom is the first novel in more than a decade from David Malouf [...]
February 15, 2021

BOOK REVIEW:The Bird in the Bamboo Cage by Hazel Gaynor

China, 1941. Elspeth Kent has fled an unhappy life in England for a teaching post at a missionary school in northern China. But when Japan declares war on the Allies and occupies the school, security and home comforts are replaced by privation, uncertainty and fear.
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.
February 8, 2021

BOOK REVIEW: The Dollmaker of Kraków by R.M. Romero

In the land of dolls, there is magic. In the land of humans, there is war. Everywhere there is pain. But together there is hope. Karolina is a living doll whose king and queen have been overthrown [...]
November 19, 2020

VINTAGE POST: Daughters of the Witching Hill by Mary Sharratt

Daughters of the Witching Hill brings history to life in a vivid and wrenching account of a family sustained by love as they try to survive the hysteria of a witch-hunt. Bess Southerns, an impoverished widow living in Pendle Forest [...]

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