Three novellas

The Blue Room by Hanne Ørstavik  Continue reading


Sample Saturday – a house, a party, and a new language


I didn’t get around to posting this yesterday…

Sample Saturday is when I wade through the eleventy billion samples I have downloaded on my Kindle. I’m slowly chipping away and deciding whether it’s buy or bye.

The Paper House by Anna Spargo-Ryan Continue reading

More Bookish (And Not So Bookish) Thoughts


1. I’m so pleased that Christine made Bookish (and Not So Bookish) Thoughts an official thing. Join in at Bookishly Boisterous every Thursday.

2. Can’t wait for the Edward Steichen & Art Deco Fashion exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria – opens next week.

3. Book trailers. Discuss (but only after you’ve watched this one). Continue reading

Magda by Meike Ziervogel


I’m not sure how I can across Magda by Meike Ziervogel but after watching the book trailer, I grabbed my Kindle and downloaded the book. And began reading immediately. And finished it in one afternoon (it’s a novella but that said, my kids could have been juggling knives for all I knew, I was engrossed).

Magda is a fictionalised account of the last few days of the life of Magda Goebbels, the wife of Nazi propaganda minister, Josef Goebbels and herself a prominent member of the Nazi party. Magda was mother to six children, all of whom she took into the  führerbunker in Berlin and killed. Included in this story is that of Magda’s mother, Martha, and Josef and Magda’s eldest child, 14-year-old Helga. Continue reading