January has been a huge month! This month I took part in the January Submission Challenge, organised by UK Author Raymond Daley. The challenge was to submit at least one story every day for the month of January - that's 31 stories! After deciding to take part in Ray's September Submission Challenge at the very … Continue reading January News
This book is absolutely spell-binding, in so many ways! It follows the story of Emmett, a farmer's son who is summoned to be an apprentice for a binder - a woman who removes people's most terrible memories and binds those memories into a book, which she then locks away in a vault to … Continue reading Book Review – The Binding by Bridget Collins
The Balfour Correspondent is not a novel. It's a collection of letters sent by 14 year old Sylvia M'Arthur from Balfour, on Tasmania's West Coast, to the 'Young Folks' page of Launceston's 'Weekly Courier' in 1912, and interspersed with replies from James Dryburgh, writing from Hobart one hundred years later.
I really enjoyed this story. 'Beneath the Mother Tree' is the story of Ayla, returned back to her island home after a year on the Australian mainland at University. Summer has been it's usual, but now two newcomers have moved onto the island, Riley and his mother Marlise, a strange woman who prefers to … Continue reading Book Review – Beneath the Mother Tree by D M Cameron
Maud has dementia. She's forgetful and confused, her thoughts slipping between the present and the past, and sometimes - often - mixing up the two.
There is so much to love about this story, and if I may be a bit geeky, the title is one of those things. It's so clever, because while the title as a whole makes sense, each word in the title is also the name of a character. Beth Teller is the first character … Continue reading Book Review – Catching Teller Crow by Ambelimn Kwaymullina and Ezekiel Kwaymullina
I have to thank one of the wonderful women in my local writers group for recommending this brilliant story! Rivers of London follows probationary constable Peter Grant, who learns one night that he can see ghosts, when he tries to take a witness statement from one... What follows is a brilliant story of the … Continue reading Review – Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch
Set in the 1300's in England, this is a story of witchcraft. It's filled with a cast of characters: there's a wool merchant, his wife, two sons, and their two servants. There's a wealthy widow and her adult son and young daughter, and their servant. There's a boatman and his wife and children. And there's … Continue reading Book Review – The Vanishing Witch by Karen Maitland
This is a bit different to my usual read. I don't usually read memoir, but I've heard Tony talk about his book a couple of times now, and he read a section of his book out at the Little Laneway Festival, in November last year, and I had to read more. The story is … Continue reading Book Review – Just One Word, Just One Smile by Tony Caplice
This story has been on my 'To Read' list for such a long time, and I'm so glad I finally got to read it. It's a beautiful love story/folk tale of a River Wife - fish by night, human by day - her human father, and the human man she falls in love with. … Continue reading Book Review: The River Wife by Heather Rose