Requiem for a Wren by Nevil Shute (1955)

  It’s been a while since I’ve read anything by Nevil Shute and this book reminded me how much I enjoy his writing. I thought I’d already read the best of his novels but Requiem for a Wren certainly deserves to be placed on a par with works such as Pied Piper, A Town Like … Continue reading Requiem for a Wren by Nevil Shute (1955)

Sun on the Stubble by Colin Thiele

Sun on the Stubble is an Australian classic first published in 1961 and later adapted for television and was written by a prolific Australian author, Colin Thiele (1920-2006). We've read a number of his books, mainly for the younger set, and I'd heard of this book but didn't get to read it until my eldest … Continue reading Sun on the Stubble by Colin Thiele

An Australian Classic & a Living Book – My Love Must Wait: The Story of Matthew Flinders by Ernestine Hill (1941)

'If the plan of a voyage of discovery were to be read over my grave,  I would rise up, awakened from the dead.'   Matthew Flinders (1774-1814)   My Love Must Wait is a book I've known about for years and if it had been published under a more auspicious title I might have read … Continue reading An Australian Classic & a Living Book – My Love Must Wait: The Story of Matthew Flinders by Ernestine Hill (1941)

Devil's Hill by Nan Chauncy (1900-1970)

     Devil's Hill by Nan Chauncy was published in 1958 by Oxford University Press and is a sequel to Tiger in the Bush but may be read as a stand alone book.Eleven year old Badge Lorenny lives with his family in a secluded valley close to the Gordon River in Tasmania. The dreaded day … Continue reading Devil's Hill by Nan Chauncy (1900-1970)

AusRead Month 2016: Magpie Island by Colin Thiele; Illustrated by Roger Haldane

This is the third year that I've particiapted in Brona's Books November AusRead Month link-up - it's not too late to join in. This year I'll be focussing mostly on children's books. November is our month long celebration of all things Aussie, Aussie, Aussie! Join us as we read, review and blog about Australian books … Continue reading AusRead Month 2016: Magpie Island by Colin Thiele; Illustrated by Roger Haldane

Golden Fiddles by Mary Grant Bruce (1928)

Mary Grant Bruce is mostly known as the author of the Billabong books but she also wrote a number of other books. Golden Fiddles is one of these and is a stand alone book that tells the story of the Balfour family - Mr and Mrs Balfour and their four children, Kitty, Norman, Elsa and … Continue reading Golden Fiddles by Mary Grant Bruce (1928)

A Fortunate Life by A.B. Facey (1894-1982)

It's a tribute to Albert Facey that in his simply told, poignant autobiography, he was able to say that his had been a 'fortunate' life.There were many episodes in his life which many would class as most unfortunate, but although he acknowledged his life had its share of hardship and difficulties, he was grateful for … Continue reading A Fortunate Life by A.B. Facey (1894-1982)

Back to the Classics Challenge 2015 – Wrap-up Post

  Girl Reading in a Landscape by Ada Thilen, 1896   I've just finished the Back to the Classics Challenge 2015 and read a total of 12 books from various categories throughout this year. I thoroughly enjoyed this challenge and read some books I might have passed over had I not had to include specific … Continue reading Back to the Classics Challenge 2015 – Wrap-up Post

A Condensed Year 9 & 10 with a Weekly Schedule

  This is a term of work for Benj with an outline of his weekly schedule. He's 15 years old and will be starting Ambleside Online Year 11 at the beginning of next year by which time he'll have turned 16. This term has a selection of some books from AO Years 9 & 10 … Continue reading A Condensed Year 9 & 10 with a Weekly Schedule

I Can Jump Puddles by Alan Marshall (1955)

    I initially picked up this book knowing it was an Australian Classic but with little knowledge of its content. It had been on our bookshelf, unread for years, until a few months ago when it caught my eye and I decided to use it for our read aloud. It is a fictionalised autobiography … Continue reading I Can Jump Puddles by Alan Marshall (1955)