A Son at the Front by Edith Wharton (1923)

A Son at the Front was one of four novels written by Edith Wharton in the 1920’s after she had won the Pulitzer Prize in 1921 for her book Age of Innocence. These novels focussed on the growing sense that World War I had brought about irreparable damage that left an indelible mark on society.A … Continue reading A Son at the Front by Edith Wharton (1923)

Rilla of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery

Rilla of Ingleside was published in 1921 and is the eighth book in the Anne Series which began with Anne of Green Gables in 1908.Rilla is Anne’s youngest daughter and the story begins just prior or the start of WWI when Rilla is fifteen years of age.The tone of this book is more sombre than … Continue reading Rilla of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery

William – An Englishman by Cicely Hamilton (1919)

  This book is a gem! Cicely Hamilton worked in administration in France during World War I and served at the Front as the Germans were advancing and the area was being bombed. Incredibly, she wrote this novel during that time, probably in a tent, and in between evacuations and mopping up efforts. The book … Continue reading William – An Englishman by Cicely Hamilton (1919)

Towards an Australian Charlotte Mason Curriculum

      This is a page in progress with ideas for living books, related to Australia in some way, that we've used. I'll link to any reviews I've written and give a recommended age or an Ambleside Online year if you're looking for Australian substitutes.   Ambleside Online Year 11     Picture Books … Continue reading Towards an Australian Charlotte Mason Curriculum

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque (1898-1970)

  Where do I start?  Where do I begin with my thoughts on this grim, harrowing, exquisitely written novel of World War I? This is my third encounter with this story. The first was in my late teens; the second about fifteen years ago. The book made a deep impression on me when I read … Continue reading All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque (1898-1970)

Books in a Series for Young Voracious Readers – Part 1

Some children read very quickly and are always asking for more books. Although all my children loved reading, two had insatiable reading habits. They were are both active and have interests in many different areas so it wasn't as if they sat around all day reading. They just had the ability to read extremely quickly.When … Continue reading Books in a Series for Young Voracious Readers – Part 1

Greenmantle by John Buchan

John Buchan (1875-1940) is one of my favourite authors. I enjoy his dry humour, the sense of mystery in his stories, his exotic characters and the many allusions to Biblical characters and places throughout his books which add a richness and depth not found in more recent books. Greenmantle is the second book which features … Continue reading Greenmantle by John Buchan