Otherland | Maria Tumarkin #UnderstandingUkraine

It is on the train from Russia to Ukraine that the moment I have been waiting for finally comes, and Billie refuses to use the toilet, point-blank. Maria Tumarkin is an Australian writer of memoirs and cultural histories. Her books and essays tend to include oodles of fascinating things about the nature of memory, change … Continue reading Otherland | Maria Tumarkin #UnderstandingUkraine

The Annotated Persuasion by Jane Austen & David M. Shapard

I have read Persuasion so many times I've lost count.It's pretty much the same story for all of my Austen's. I reread them for comfort as well as the pure pleasure of spending time with a good friend.But as with all long-term friendships, a time comes when you realise that maybe you're starting to take each … Continue reading The Annotated Persuasion by Jane Austen & David M. Shapard

The Politically Incorrect Guide to Teenagers | Nigel Latta

You can probably guess something about the school term we've just had with one of the booklets by my latest choice of reading matter!Teenagers! Hmmmm.The Politically Incorrect Guide to Teenagers was recommended to us by our brother-in-law. It has been the perfect remedy. Not so much for the advice (which was useful) or the information … Continue reading The Politically Incorrect Guide to Teenagers | Nigel Latta

The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating | Elisabeth Tova Bailey

Think not of the amount to be accomplished, the difficulties to be overcome, or the end to be attained, but set earnestly at the little task at your elbow, letting that be sufficient for the day. —SIR WILLIAM OSLER, physician (1849–1919) How does one do justice to a small book about snails and illness? I … Continue reading The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating | Elisabeth Tova Bailey

The Exquisite Corpse Adventure | Various

The Exquisite Corpse Adventure is a collaborative effort between the National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance, the Library of Congress's Centre for the Book and 20 high profile US authors and illustrators. The story begins with a train rushing through the night as twins Joe and Nancy begin a quest to rescue their parents. What … Continue reading The Exquisite Corpse Adventure | Various

Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour | Morgan Matson

Grief and the search for truth are the themes covered by my next two reviews. Amy and Roger's story is thrashed out whilst on a road trip together. I love a good road trip story (think John Green's Paper Towns for starters). It's a great device for moving a story along with the obvious parallel between the internal journey … Continue reading Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour | Morgan Matson