Category Archives: Non-fiction

Bookfest bonanza

One of the joys of January for me is the Lifeline Bookfest in Brisbane. This is one of the biggest second-hand book sales in the state of Queensland, and I came home loaded down with new reading. And some great … Continue reading

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The Life and Times of Charles Manson

The chilling image on the front cover of Manson, The Life and Times of Charles Manson was almost enough to put me off reading this book. And although there were times I found it deeply disturbing and had to take … Continue reading

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Brisbane Art Deco

Writing has taken up more time than reading in recent months, but I’ve been slack in book blogging terms. One of the projects I’ve been writing for is this wonderful book, Brisbane Art Deco: Stories of our Built Heritage. The … Continue reading

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Talking to Matthew Condon

Meeting a favourite author is always a thrill. ┬áThis week I had the pleasure of talking to Australian writer Matthew Condon, a prolific author of fiction and non-fiction books when he is not at his day job as a journalist … Continue reading

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Hooked on the Himalayas

The Himalayas have been on my mind over the past couple of weeks. From my bookcase I’ve pulled two autobiographies in which those mountains feature prominently, by two very different men from different eras. Why the sudden interest? My daughter … Continue reading

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Katharine Graham: Personal History

Books about journalism have always interested me, so I couldn’t resist this rather tattered copy of Katharine Graham’s autobiography when I saw it for $8 at a local flea market. Graham, the legendary publisher of the Washington Post, won the … Continue reading

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