The Mothers by Brit Bennett

Five things about The Mothers by Brit Bennett – Continue reading


Six Degrees of Separation – from Pride and Prejudice to Swing Time

It’s time for #6degrees. Join in and thrill us with your clever links!

Given that we’ve recently marked 200 years since Jane Austen’s death, it seemed fitting to begin this month’s chain with the universally loved Pride and  Prejudice. Continue reading

Reading the Stella Prize Shortlist – The World Without Us by Mireille Juchau


Can I start out by saying that I hope I never have to read two books about communes in the space of a few weeks again? Probably not, but I did. It’s just not my scene, man…

And while this hippy commune story – Mireille Juchau’s The World Without Us – compares favourably to the last one I read, I need to stress that two coming-of-age-stories-set-in-communes-with-commune-destroying-fires-and-hippy-mothers-who-can’t-read-plus-a-side-of-paternity-issues on the one prize shortlist is just dumb. Where’s the diversity? Where’s the interest for people* who don’t like hippy commune stories that much?** Continue reading

Bookish (and not so bookish) Thoughts

1. I read Family Life by Akhil Sharma last week. Seems the various publishers around the world went into a cover war over this one (Australia got the first two of those covers).


2. I recommended All the Light We Cannot See to one of my kid’s teachers. She told me this week it was one of the best books she’d ever read. Isn’t that just the GREATEST? Continue reading

Bookish (and not so bookish) Thoughts

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A few notable bookish things –

1. This brilliant round-up of the best book covers for 2014 (tweeted by Jenny).

2. This list of books that made us cry in 2014. I do love a good cry over a book.

3. NPR’s Book Concierge – a gimmick but fun.

4. Scott’s crap book of the year list made me laugh. Out loud. Especially this bit – Continue reading

Bookish (and not so bookish) Thoughts



2. There was a question on my biology exam about nits. It was worth seven marks. I’ll get 7/7 for that one (thanks to my vast experience with nits) but not so sure about the remainder of the 193 possible marks.

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