Category Archives: The books in ‘the Book’.

On being a good or bad Australian

I’ve often thought that I am a bad Australian. I prefer European History to Australian History, I haven’t visited a great deal of my own country, I haven’t read much Australian fiction. I think my uncle was horrified a couple

On being a good or bad Australian

I’ve often thought that I am a bad Australian. I prefer European History to Australian History, I haven’t visited a great deal of my own country, I haven’t read much Australian fiction. I think my uncle was horrified a couple

On friends real and imaginary

There are some books that hit you, that affect you, that stay with you after you close the pages. When I started Playing Beatie Bow by Ruth Park, I would have never though this would have been one of those books.

On friends real and imaginary

There are some books that hit you, that affect you, that stay with you after you close the pages. When I started Playing Beatie Bow by Ruth Park, I would have never though this would have been one of those books.

On being perfectly annoyed

‘Nancy Drew, an attractive girl of eighteen, was driving home along a country road in her new, dark-blue convertible. She had just delivered some legal papers for her father.  “It was sweet of Dad to give me this car for

On being perfectly annoyed

‘Nancy Drew, an attractive girl of eighteen, was driving home along a country road in her new, dark-blue convertible. She had just delivered some legal papers for her father.  “It was sweet of Dad to give me this car for

On why and how

Almost every country, every culture, every community have a set of creation stories. There must be thousands of stories about the beginning of the world, and how things came to be. Now, they are often pushed to the side, condemned

On why and how

Almost every country, every culture, every community have a set of creation stories. There must be thousands of stories about the beginning of the world, and how things came to be. Now, they are often pushed to the side, condemned

On clearcut good and clearcut evil

I finished the third book, Greenwitch, in ‘The Dark Is Rising’ sequence last night. I am still immensely enjoying the series, but there is something that is nagging me a bit about the books. The books are about the battle

On clearcut good and clearcut evil

I finished the third book, Greenwitch, in ‘The Dark Is Rising’ sequence last night. I am still immensely enjoying the series, but there is something that is nagging me a bit about the books. The books are about the battle

On tiny stories

I remember reading Carrie’s War when I was about eleven or twelve and being quite stuck by it. I can’t for the life of me remember what it was that stuck me about it, but I remember thinking about it quite a

On tiny stories

I remember reading Carrie’s War when I was about eleven or twelve and being quite stuck by it. I can’t for the life of me remember what it was that stuck me about it, but I remember thinking about it quite a

On perseverance

I’m not very good at giving up on things. I tend to see things through, even if I am not enjoying them or they are not beneficial to me, because I suppose I’m determined or perseverant or just plain stubborn.

On perseverance

I’m not very good at giving up on things. I tend to see things through, even if I am not enjoying them or they are not beneficial to me, because I suppose I’m determined or perseverant or just plain stubborn.

On keeping magic to oneself

I first (and possibly only ever read) The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks when I was eleven, as one of the books in my English classroom library. We had silent reading time, and I picked that book to read.

On keeping magic to oneself

I first (and possibly only ever read) The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks when I was eleven, as one of the books in my English classroom library. We had silent reading time, and I picked that book to read.

On fairytales with quirks

So, I have a slightly unhealthy obsession with fairytales. Not that think I’m sort of princess destined for a happy ever after, or anything like that – but I find their longevity, and malleability, and generally the way they tend

On fairytales with quirks

So, I have a slightly unhealthy obsession with fairytales. Not that think I’m sort of princess destined for a happy ever after, or anything like that – but I find their longevity, and malleability, and generally the way they tend

On inspiration

On Saturday I went to see the dress rehearsal for a show being performed by students from a local community circus school. Quite simply, they were amazing. The show was made up of about fifteen kids, from about nine to

On inspiration

On Saturday I went to see the dress rehearsal for a show being performed by students from a local community circus school. Quite simply, they were amazing. The show was made up of about fifteen kids, from about nine to