Bookish (and not so bookish) Thoughts


01. Our German dinner was such fun (have been eating lots of greens since, to strike some balance…). Continue reading


You make me feel like dancing…(and reading)

Okay, that’s a Leo Sayer song but this post is all about the Gibbs.


I felt it was time for a Bee Gees literary mix tape (mainly because I’m still sulking about Barry’s cancelled Melbourne tour).

Marvel at the lustrous hair (chest and other) and the magnificent use of solid gold.

01. You Should Be Dancing / Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead Continue reading

Just quietly, this is a great bunch of books


This week’s Top Ten Tuesday focuses on books that have received fewer than 2000 ratings on Goodreads. Hmmm… Clearly I’m hanging out with the unpopular kids because LOTS of the books I’ve read in the last few years fit into this category. Here are some favourites – Continue reading

Bookish (and not so bookish) Thoughts


1. The Dressmaker film was superb. And the costumes were breathtaking. My friend Kate alerted me to this exhibition. Kate lives in a different state to me but we will find a way of seeing this together (road trip time?!).


2. Much of the soundtrack for The Dressmaker was original but the Flower Duet from Lakmé was included – always one of my favourites. Continue reading

Hungry, the Stars and Everything by Emma Jane Unsworth

There’s lots I want to say about Emma Jane Unsworth’s debut novel, Hungry, the Stars and Everything, including drawing attention to perfect little passages such as this –

“Children aren’t supposed to like dark chocolate. It’s one of those bitter things that you are meant to acquire a taste for later in life, like olives and self-pity. But I was different. I enjoyed the taste of wrongness in my mouth…”

Instead, I’m taking my lead from the book itself, where Helen, the main character and an emerging restaurant critic, is given advice on how to write a review  –

“‘I’ll tell you my bulletproof reviewing technique,’ Keith began… Then, leaning in towards me, a thick tongue of orange liqueur fumes rolling out of his mouth, he whispered: ‘Whenever I leave a place, I ask myself three questions. One: How do I feel? Two: Where did that transport me to? And three: What did I enjoy the most?'”

So, according to Keith’s checklist, this is how Hungry, the Stars and Everything measured up – Continue reading

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday – Hungry, The Stars and Everything by Emma Jane Unsworth


Last week I reviewed Emma Jane Unsworth’s Animals. It’s been one of my favourite books this year (up there with We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice-Cream Float Before He Stole My Ma and The Goldfinch). However, Unsworth’s debut novel was Hungry, The Stars and Everything and it has a food theme – I know, right? How did it escape my attention until now?!

Here’s how it begins – Continue reading