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All That I Am by Anna Funder (a book review)

Don’t be fooled by the cover of Anna Funder’s All That I am. This achingly beautiful novel is anything but “chick lit”. At 370 pages, it’s a solid read that ribbons through an in-between-the-big-wars time, when lines were blurred between friend and foe. Funder cleverly chooses two alternating narrative points of view from within the ranks of… Continue reading All That I Am by Anna Funder (a book review)

bookishness · decorating / homefront · organising /good ideas at the time

A little home office update

Being fifty-something, I know the value of brightening up my work space now and again. It’s easy to get complacent about your work environment, especially when you work from a home office. My space was well overdue for a declutter, reorganise and update. I decided to devote a recent Saturday afternoon to spiffying it up.… Continue reading A little home office update

bookishness · it's all about me · out and about

Thank you to the Goddess of Book Clubs (for surely she is a she)

Thank you to the Goddess of Book Clubs (for surely she is a she). Only a female could pluck 12 unrelated women from my local community, throw us together in a swish wine bar and decree that we should read shared books and meet monthly to discuss. And only a goddess could have created such an open, respectful, tolerant and… Continue reading Thank you to the Goddess of Book Clubs (for surely she is a she)

bookishness · health matters

International Volunteer Day … what boomer volunteers want + a book launch

Being fifty-something, I’ve volunteered in various ways through board memberships, community groups, Guide Dog puppy raising and more. The experience that touched me most was volunteering for BlazeAid last year. It got me curious about how volunteering differs for fifty-somethings and whether there’s a shift in how volunteering models are being shaped to appeal more to the… Continue reading International Volunteer Day … what boomer volunteers want + a book launch

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Book Review: Murder in Mississippi by John Safran

Where have you been all my life, true crime genre? Murder in Mississippi is my first foray into the category and I’m smitten. I always imagined true crime narratives espoused from the point of view of an expert, serious criminologist schooled in the science and art of detection. Instead, in Murder in Mississippi, John Safran… Continue reading Book Review: Murder in Mississippi by John Safran

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Book Review: The Roving Party by Rohan Wilson

“1829, Tasmania. A group of men—convicts, a farmer, two free black traders, and Black Bill, an aboriginal man brought up from childhood as a white man—are led by Jon Batman, a notorious historical figure, on a ‘roving party.’ Their purpose is massacre. With promises of freedom, land grants and money, each is willing to risk… Continue reading Book Review: The Roving Party by Rohan Wilson

bookishness · inspiring folk

Book review: Eureka – The Unfinished Revolution by Peter Fitzsimons

“In 1854, Victorian miners fought a deadly battle under the flag of the Southern Cross at the Eureka Stockade. Though brief and doomed to fail, the battle is legend in both our history and in the Australian mind. Henry Lawson wrote poems about it, its symbolic flag is still raised, and even the nineteenth-century visitor… Continue reading Book review: Eureka – The Unfinished Revolution by Peter Fitzsimons