australia

Set in 1929 in Western Queensland, An Uncommon Woman is a novel about a young woman, Edwina Baker, finding her way in a world that is ruled by men. Even though the world is changing, and attitudes are becoming more progressive, Edwina is stuck on the family farm in a life of servitude. She is… Read More

Although at first this historical novel appears to be about land owner Matthew Fenchurch, in reality Jarulan by the River is the story of Rufina, who arrives as a German maid to the northern New South Wales property, Jarulan, a beautiful home of grandeur that is now decaying. Spanning from 1917 until the modern day… Read More

The Sun in Her Eyes is a book for lazy summer days in the sun when some light-hearted Chicklit is called for. The author, Paige Toon, is a skilled writer that tells a beautiful story with lots of feeling. When her father has a stroke, Amber hurriedly heads home to Adelaide, South Australia, to be… Read More

The blurb for Luke Devenish’s novel The Secret Heiress promises “a tale of dark shadows and extraordinary deception” amidst the 1886 Australian countryside.  Saturated with gothic stalwarts including a grand mysterious mansion, a handsome yet possibly devious lover, a crass and brooding valet and the enigmatic death of a beautiful heiress, the novel revolves around… Read More

In Rosalie Ham’s first novel, The Dressmaker, revenge never looked so good in its felt skirt, surrounded by a sewing machine and haberdashery. This charming historical fiction story is set in the Australian outback of the 1950s. The sweltering fictional town of Dungatar with its yellow hills is the embodiment of its inhabitants. Imperfect people… Read More

This is the first book I have read by Australian author Tim Winton; titles such as Dirt Music and Cloudstreet have somehow passed me by. But there can be no better recommendation than to get to the end and say, I want to read more by this writer and that is just what I did… Read More

Now and then, between reading my usual literary fiction novels, I like to slow down, curl up with a page turning bestseller or comforting family saga… and simply escape. I hoped that Rain Music, Di Morrissey’s latest novel, would provide a welcome respite to my busy, end-of-year-end-of-study stress. After all, Morrissey has a reputation for… Read More

This is an interesting novel: stylistically quite modern and vintage 1950s in tone. It portrays a really interesting slice of life at a time when women stayed at home and devotedly followed their husbands wherever they went. In this case, the young heroine, Charlotte is an educated young English woman who falls in love with… Read More

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