Back in 2014, well-known author Kate de Goldi approached Gecko Press publisher Julia Marshall with an idea aimed to revitalize the reading experience for upper primary school children and create lifetime readers. Those children, and their families, are lucky Marshall jumped at the opportunity and took a punt on Annual.  “We wanted Annual to be a game… Read More

Ernest Cline is a massive nerd, and oh boy are we lucky to have him. Ready Player One was his first published novel, and at the time of writing this review he has published one other novel by the name of Armada. He is also known for his screenplays, such as 2009’s Fanboys. For a… Read More

The great Guillermo del Toro has blessed us with his offering of Crimson Peak, and with it demonstrated what all good stories need: a larger than life house, memorable enough to be the beating heart of the story. Allerdale House, the great, emaciated, maw of Allerdale House with its sinister secrets is undoubtedly one of… Read More

There are certain things in life that seem totally unnecessary, perhaps even foolish.  One-ply toilet paper, Words with Friends (we already had Scrabble, people!), vending machines with iPads and now Animal Farm as a play. It’s hard to believe that George Orwell’s dystopian novella, published in 1945, was adapted for the stage in the first… Read More

While certainly not revolutionary in content the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has the advantage of boasting some of the world’s most renowned acting talents: Dames Maggi Smith and Judi Dench are joined by Bill Nighy, Richard Gere, Celia Imrie and the star of Slumdog Millionaire, Dev Patel in a playful romp through the delights of… Read More

In a world where literacy is being challenged, parents, teachers and other influential caregivers are urged to nurture and encourage reading in children. In order to instil good reading habits, however, it is vital, first, to understand the habits that already exist. Dianne Dickinson, associate lecturer at the University of Western Australia, with Susan Barclay… Read More

There have been some rave reviews about I Am Pilgrim, the novel by Terry Hayes. With the author’s use of narration and intrigue, the book is definitely very effective. Unfortunately, my enjoyment of the book is not as profound as other book lovers. If you’re still unsure about what I Am Pilgrim is about, the… Read More

I believe in the alchemy of books. That is, I believe that there are certain books that we pick up to read at just the right time, bringing with them just the right message or story or catharsis into our lives. The Midnight Rose, by the international bestselling author Lucinda Riley, was, for me, one… Read More

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