January 2019

The Orchardist's Daughter By Karen Viggers

Reviewed by Wendy Lipke Miki stepped into the bed of ashes and debris…Her mind skidded in and out of her body, remembering a different ruin and comparing it with this one…. In less than two years, she had completed a circle – twice now, finishing up with nothing except the clothes she is standing in.

Read More »

Call Me Evie by J.P.Pomare

Reviewed by Rod McLary The 1944 film Gaslight with Ingrid Bergman and Charles Boyer introduced the term ‘gaslighting’ to the world. In the film, Ingrid Bergman plays a woman whose husband [Charles Boyer] is attempting to convince her that she is going insane by creating various inexplicable events such as the gas lights dimming for

Read More »

The Leap Year by Jane Delahay

Reviewed by Norrie Sanders Chris O’Brien AO was a surgeon and Director of the Sydney Cancer Centre at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. He won public fame for his empathic bedside manner in the television medical reality series RPA. Many people thought that if they had cancer, Chris would be the doctor of choice. Part way

Read More »

The Final Act by Michael Cotey Morgan

  Reviewed by Ian Lipke This book addresses three main questions: Why was the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE) created in the first place? Why did the Final Act take the shape that it did? How did it influence the Cold War? Reports are that the conference was a huge undertaking that

Read More »

The Making of the Medieval Middle East by Jack Tannous

Reviewed by Ian Lipke In the second half of the first millennium in the medieval Middle East, the Christian population held a decided majority in terms of population numbers and continued to do so into the era of the Crusades. Yet Christian communities broke apart over theological disagreements. Tannous set out to find what it

Read More »

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

  Reviewed by Ian Lipke Reading songs of praise by various critics – totally original (David Baldacci), brilliant (Stephen Fry), smart, sophisticated suspense (Lee Child) – I found it difficult to wait until I could get my hands on my copy of The Silent Patient. My wait was well rewarded. The story opens with a

Read More »

The Extraordinary Life of Stephen Hawking by Kate Scott

Reviewed by Angela Marie The Extraordinary Life of Stephen Hawking is part of a series designed for the 7 years + reader and features people whose lives have had great impact on us. Some are everyday names whilst others are less well known. To adults the name Stephen Hawking conjures up images of amazing brainpower, resilience

Read More »
Scroll to Top