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Wednesday Reads – The Last Days of the National Costume by Anne Kennedy

Take a work-from-home dressmaker, an Irish dancing costume, an adulterous client and a very long Auckland blackout and you pretty much get this book, The Last Days of the National Costume.  The premise is intriguing, the characters and their relationships … Continue reading

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Clunes – Booktown 2014

One of the greatest things about living in this part of Australia is that it is surrounded by stunning little towns, filled with beautiful buildings, streets full of character and history and encircled by rolling, green (at this time of … Continue reading

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Wednesday Reads – The one hundred year old man who climbed out the window and disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

It’s been a while since I wrote a Wednesday Reads post and it’s not because I haven’t been reading.  I just did think you wanted read a review on “Conceptualising the Good Teacher” or “What makes a good school?”  So instead … Continue reading

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Wednesday Reads – The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

A while back I wrote about the book rut I was in after failing to finish a number of books in a row and having difficulty finding something that filled the reading void.  In the comments section I had a … Continue reading

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Wednesday Reads – The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides

  “She’d become an English major for the purest and dullest of reasons: because she loved to read.” It’s no secret that I am a big Jeffrey Eugenides fan, starting with yet unsurpassed Middlesex, a novel I read a number of years … Continue reading

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Wednesday Reads – All I Know by Mary Coustas

  I must be one of the few people (or women?) in Australia who didn’t see the Mary Coustas interview last year on 60 Minutes…. or was it that other program?  I’m just not into shows like that in general … Continue reading

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Wednesday Read – Murder with the Lot by Sue Williams

  “His voice had more husk than a woman in death-grip underwear can generally withstand.”   A quintessentially Australian murder mystery set in the declining one horse town of Rusty Bore, in Mallee country, Murder with the Lot is a … Continue reading

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Wednesday Reads – The Messenger by Markus Zusak

  “My full name’s Ed Kennedy. I’m nineteen. I’m an underage cab driver. I’m typical of many of the young men you see in this suburban outpost of the city — not a whole lot of prospects or possibility. That … Continue reading

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Wednesday Read – A Place in the Country by Laura Shaine Cunningham

  This was a book I had heard nothing about.  A friend had lent it to me though she hadn’t read it yet.  It’s the kind of book that you might find on a discount table out the front of … Continue reading

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Wednesday Reads – Moral Disorder by Margaret Atwood

“In pictures like these there are always empty shoes. It’s the shoes that get to me. Sad, that innocent daily task – putting your shoes on your feet, in the firm belief that you’ll be going somewhere.” In the summer … Continue reading

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