Gifting yourself moments of joy

December 11, 2013 by  
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The Most of Nora Ephron by Nora Ephron Some women have a spirit, a vitality, a light that burns within them so brightly that it cannot be extinguished. For me, the late Nora Ephron is one of these women. Writer, reporter, screenwriter, directer and blogger, her words are razor-sharp, truthful, diamond-like in their precision. And […]

Are you a Jane, a Lizzy or a … Sarah?

November 27, 2013 by  
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Longbourn by Jo Baker One of the pleasures of reading classic novels is playing the ‘which character am I?’ game. Am I a Jane or a Lizzy? A Mary or a Lydia? A Kitty…or a Sarah? Wait, what? There’s no ‘Sarah’ in Pride and Prejudice… Actually, there is. She’s the one getting up before all […]

A Saga to Lose Yourself In …

November 13, 2013 by  
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The Cazalet Chronicles by Elizabeth Jane Howard Sussex, the English countryside, 1937. Three generations of the upper-class Cazalet family gather at their country residence, Home Place, to prepare for the coming war. Over a series of four books (The Light Years, Marking Time, Confusion and Casting Off) we are going to follow this large multi-generational […]

Celebrating the Senses

October 30, 2013 by  
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Aphrodite by Isabel Allende Apples. Honey. Pears. Rosemary. Strawberries. Figs. Asparagus. Chocolate. All are foods associated with love and sensuality, with appetites, fulfilment…and with Aphrodite. At times it seems our world has forgotten the delights that food can bring. Instead, we have become obsessed with diets and nutritional information. The power and sensuality of our […]

Celebrating the human spirit

October 16, 2013 by  
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Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand   As a kid, Louis Zamperini was not destined to be one of life’s inspiring characters. He was, frankly, a bit of a ratbag. He was a thief, a burglar and was always ready for a brawl. But, somewhere along the line, the juvenile delinquent channelled his energy into athletics. The […]

Baking up a storm

October 2, 2013 by  
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I love getting lost in a good mystery series. Weirdly, though, I often don’t care that much for the mystery itself. Instead, I’ve usually fallen in love with the characters and the setting. So the twists and turns of the actual whodunnit, for me, becomes an excuse for spending more time in that particular imagined […]

Women, War-time and Freedom: Some Powerful ANZAC Day Reads

April 24, 2013 by  
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War stories are often told through the eyes of the men who fought in them. Today, I wish to draw your attention to some tremendously powerful and moving books that show war through the eyes of women. These stories point to another side of war. They are stories that have inspired me, and made me […]

Flowers, Fashion, Foster-Care Kids and Time Beings

April 8, 2013 by  
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Flowers, fashion memoirs, dangerous women, foster-care kids, Japanese schoolgirls – it’s been an eclectic mix in my reading pile lately. I’ve been thinking about what I would like to bring to you in these Reading Space posts. For a while I was tempted to turn it into a ‘what’s new in the bookworld’ column. But […]

I *heart* books . . .

March 8, 2013 by  
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I *heart*, you *heart*, we *heart* books. Books were one of my first passions in life. If I could have encoded them in my DNA, I would have. New books, old book, printed books, e-books, audiobooks. I live my life awash with books. There is only thing I love more than reading books, and that […]

Help! My E-Reader is Empty!

February 5, 2013 by  
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I’m totally in love with my e-reader. I no longer have to battle with bulky books escaping my clutches in bed, or packing a book bag that is larger than my suitcase for a short trip away. But when you’ve got a device that can store thousands of titles, it can be challenging to fill […]

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