Book Reviews

Reporting from the heart
Rosalea Ryan
Australians know Simon Bouda – right? We know his name, we know his face, we know his voice and we certainly know the tragedies he covers as one of the Nine Network’s most experienced hard-news journalists. But what, really, do we know of Bouda as a person – as a son, husba..
15-Dec-2016
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Nurses at the front
Rosalea Ryan
As the civilian casualties kept coming, their bodies shredded, Janet Glasson remained on her feet – for up to 32 hours in a single shift at times. Theatre nurse Glasson was on duty at Long Xuyen hospital in January 1968 when the North Vietnamese launched one of the major campaigns of ..
12-Aug-2016
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Nothing to cry about
Dianne Dempsey
NOTHING TO CRY ABOUT A Memoir Joan Atherton Hooper y About, an unflinching memoir, begins with author, Joan Atherton Hooper, discovering a photo of the young man who, in 1939, murdered her father. Joan’s story, from age two in an orphanage, swings between fantasies of H..
10-Jun-2016
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When the ink runs dry
Rosalea Ryan
Final Chapters Jim Bernhard Skyhorse Publishing $19 Authors often deal with death as a subject in their creative efforts but how much is recorded – when the pen is laid down one last time or the keyboard falls silent – of an individual writer’s own demise? I..
22-Apr-2016
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Catalogue to keep
Bendigo Weekly
For decades to come Bendigonians will remember the time when history’s most famous blonde occupied their city – and the current Bendigo Art Gallery exhibition’s accompanying commemorative catalogue is an exceptional keepsake for reading now and then passing down to future gener..
11-Mar-2016
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The Church with a Chimney
Dianne Dempsey
The value of local history, and implied that of the local historian, is often underestimated. A knowledge of our ancestors and they work they did is intrinsically important to us. This local history impacts upon us in terms of public and private buildings, public and private services and mo..
28-Nov-2014
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Beautiful reading
Bendigo Weekly
Title: Beautiful Disaster Author: Jamie McGuire Publisher: Simon & Schuster Price: $17.99 ISBN: 9781471115035 Intended Readership: Young Adult / Mature Title: Walking Disaster Author: Jamie McGuire Publisher: Simon & Schuster Price: $17.99 ISBN: 9781476712987 Intended ..
16-Oct-2014
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Gallipoli Eyewitness
Bendigo Weekly
Review by WAYNE PROUDFOOT Gallipoli Eyewitness The diaries and photographs of Lieutenant Gerald Moore Gibson by Robert Gibson and Steve Kendall “The whole earth is ploughed by the exploding shells and the holes are filled with water, and if ..
26-Sep-2014
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A Bendigo tale
Bendigo Weekly
Girls in our Town is the first novel from author Dianne Dempsey. Ms Dempsey launched her debut novel at the 2014 Bendigo Writers Festival a very apt venue with the story based in Bendigo. Ms Dempsey knows her way around the literary world having worked as a freelance journalist, scriptwriter..
22-Aug-2014
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A story well told
Vanessa Hughes
Colours of Gold by Kaye Dobbie Harlequin Mira $29.99 Intertwining two stories set more than 140 years apart, Colours of Gold by Bendigo author Kaye Dobbie is an unusual mix of history, mystery, romance and the supernatural. The first story is set in present day Melbourne, where singl..
20-Jun-2014
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Lions led by donkeys
Steve Kendall
It has often been said about World War I that it was a case of lions led by donkeys. The bravest of the brave sent against impossible odds by generals away from the front. With the hindsight of history it seems to be in so many cases quite correct. The books written today use that hindsigh..
24-Apr-2014
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The value of every moment
Vanessa Hughes
Inside Trader by Ronald “Trader” Faulkner. Scribe. Published February 2014 RRP $35 When a friend suggested to Ronald “Trader” Faulkner that he write an autobiography his reaction was: “What would be the point? Who would be interested in an ageing actor fro..
07-Feb-2014
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Hammered
Bendigo Weekly
Hammered G.N. Braun Legume Man Books, $19.95Local author Geoff Brown (a.k.a. G.N. Braun) is the president of the Australian Horror Writers Association, so you can imagine most of his books are pretty scary stuff. His latest book, entitled Hammered, doesn’t quite fit into the categ..
20-Jul-2012
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Sarah Thornhill by Kate Grenville
Rosemary Sorensen
Kate Grenville’S Sarah Thornhill picks up the story of The Secret River family who settle on the banks of the Hawkesbury River with vision to prosper and make themselves respectable. But, as readers of The Secret River know, along the way these settlers did things they wo..
12-Oct-2011
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REVIEW: Interactive books
Movie Maker: Everything You Need to Know to Create Films on Your Mobile Phone or Digital Camera! Tim Grabham Walker Books, $34.95 Amazing Pop-Up Big Machines Robert Crowther Walker Books, $25.95 Legendary Journeys: Trains (The Slide-Out, Lift Up, See Through Story of Wo..
17-Jun-2011
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Pick of the week: The Roving Party
The Roving Party Rohan Wilson Allen & Unwin, $27.99 IT has been a fair while since something as memorable as Kate Grenville’s Lilian’s Story (1984) or Andrew McGahan’s Praise (1991) came out of the Vogel’s Award. It’s almost as if The Hand That Signed t..
16-Jun-2011
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REVIEW: Marmalade Duck and the Marmalade Jam
Marmaduke Duck and the Marmalade Jam Juliette MacIver, Illustrator: Sarah Davis Scholastic,$15.99 Then down to the river came a cat and a rat - and a sleepy-eyed bat, and a leapy-eyed gnat - and a ram named Sam, and a lamb named Pam . . . in haste for a taste of th..
08-Jun-2011
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REVIEW: The Very Itchy Bear
The Very Itchy Bear Author / Illustrator: Nick Bland Scholastic, $15.99 Presented by Nick Bland and Scholastic Australia, The Very Itchy Bear is a genuine reading treat. Driven by lilting rhyme and comical theme, the text is one that engages the reader immediately. Star charact..
08-Jun-2011
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REVIEW: Frommer's Guide to France 2011
Frommer's France 2011 Prince & Porter Frommer, $32.99 Reviewed by Jacqueline Perryman Frommer's publishing is renowned for quality travel advice. Guides are updated annually – and the company's inclusive approach to customer care is unrivalled. France 2011 is amongst Fromme..
03-Jun-2011
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Pick of the week: A Decline in Prophets
A Decline in Prophets Sulari Gentill Pantera Press, $29.99 Reviewed by Brenda Stevens-Chambers I have lost count of the recent publications of around 350 pages where I have wanted to do some serious pruning. However, it was with some relief that I zoomed through A Decline in Prophets, ..
03-Jun-2011
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