Book review – The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler

When thinking about book titles, you need to think about what your target audience will be interested in, while also conveying the story or message within the pages. So, if someone is looking in the general fiction section of a bookstore, you can generally assume they are interested in fiction, books and stories about people….

Book review – The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery

A very dear friend recently gave me The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. She was amazed I hadn’t read it and said that as soon as I have, we would watch the movie version together. Her advice to me was, ‘you need to have a childlike imagination when reading this book.’ And I believe…

Book review – Ten Things I’ve Learnt About Love by Sarah Butler

Ten Things I’ve Learnt About Love by Sarah Butler is a charming book with two interwoven storylines. A young woman who comes home to watch her father die and an old man living on the streets. But as each person deals with their own demons, their paths cross and connect until finally, they collide. Each…

Top 3 older books

The New Release section of a bookstore does have a certain appeal to it; the bright colours and literary designs hint at what lies within the pages. But there is more to a bookstore, and indeed, more to literature, than the latest stories to hit the shelves. Perhaps you haven’t set foot in a bookstore…

Book Review – My Sister’s Keeper

Great writing is not only beautiful on the page, and poetic to listen to; it can also create strong emotional reactions within the reader. We spend hours flicking the pages, getting to know the characters, feeling invested in their future, until they become real to us. For me, it feels like I am reading about…

Carnivore Tree

The forest was formed by layers of wet leaves. It started at the top, where they were still attached to the branches, and moved down, the layers gaining more and more moisture as the ground became closer. The ground itself was far beneath out feet, under mud, moss and rotting leaves and bark. Where possible,…

The greatest of all

‘Gerald always looked at me in class at school. I don’t think he ever paid attention. But as he tells it, he was learning to pay attention to the most important person in his life. He finally built up the courage to ask me out just before our year 12 formal. I told him I…

Jane Doe

I wake with a start but can’t move. I’m on a cold bench, not in my soft bed, and I don’t know why. My eyes won’t focus and my body seems detached somehow. I try to sit up and look around, but nothing works. I’ll have to call in sick. It will piss off the…