Books

LA TROBE UNIVERSITY’S HALF CENTURY – SOME FINE REFLECTIONS ALONG WITH HISTORICAL HOWLERS AND CHARACTER ASSASSINATION OF THE DEAD

2019-12-18T13:21:27+11:00November 13th, 2018|Categories: Books, Review|Tags: |

From the Paddock to the Agora: Fifty Years of La Trobe University Publisher: La Trobe University Press in association with Black Inc, 2017) ISBN:  9781863959148 RRP: $49.99  Reviewed by Gerard Henderson La Trobe University, main campus at the Melbourne northern suburb of Bundoora, was launched on 8 March 1967.  It was Victoria’s third university – [...]

WALKING THE DOGS

2019-12-18T13:21:36+11:00November 13th, 2018|Categories: Books, Review|Tags: |

(Definitely) The Best Dogs Of All Time by Jadan Carroll, illustrations by Molly Dyson. Scribe, 2018 ISBN (13):9781925713510 RRP $24.99 (hb) **** Be The Person Your Dog Thinks You Are by C J Frick, illustrations by Liza Donnelly Nero Books, 2018 ISBN: 9781760641023 RRP $19.99 (hb) **** Jonathan Unleashed by Meg Rosoff Bloomsbury, 2018 ISBN 1101980907 [...]

EMPRESS QUEEN, WIFE AND MOTHER

2019-12-18T13:21:37+11:00November 13th, 2018|Categories: Books, Review|Tags: |

Victoria The Queen by Julia Baird HarperCollins Publishers 2016 ISBN: 9780732295691 ISBN 10: 0732295696 RRP $49.99 (hb) Reviewed by Anne Henderson It has a glorious cover and at just under 700 pages is a long read. For all that, it is also a page turner. Julia Baird, in Victoria The Queen, has tackled a larger [...]

DOWN BUT NOT OUT IN RURAL AUSTRALIA

2019-12-18T13:21:42+11:00November 13th, 2018|Categories: Books, Review|Tags: |

Rusted Off: Why Country Australia is Fed Up by Gabrielle Chan Publisher: Penguin Random House Australia Pty Ltd ISBN:  9780143789284 RRP: $34.99 Reviewed by Paul Henderson     Introduction The author of Rusted Off, Gabrielle Chan, has experienced to date a most interesting career. She and her husband have raised a family on a farm [...]

WHEN ROYAL MEANT ROYAL – THE (NOT SO) DIVINE RIGHTS OF A PRINCESS

2019-12-18T13:21:46+11:00November 13th, 2018|Categories: Books, Review|Tags: |

Ma’am Darling – 99 Glimpses of Princess Margaret By Craig Brown 4th Estate London 2017 ISBN: 0008203636 ISBN 10: 9780008203634 RRP 22.99 (pb) Reviewed by Anne Henderson It helps to be a fan of Britain’s Private Eye to enjoy and fully appreciate what Craig Brown, the satirist who created “The Diary” for Private Eye, has [...]

LADIES IN THE PALACE OF THE LIONS

2019-12-18T13:17:07+11:00January 30th, 2018|Categories: Books, Review|Tags: |

The Unfinished Palazzo – Love, Life and Art in Venice by Judith Mackrell  Reviewed by Anne Henderson THAMES & HUDSON, 2017 ISBN-10: 0500518661 ISBN-13: 9780500518663 RRP $45 (hb) The lives of three striking, but very different, women are the flesh of Judith Mackrell’s The Unfinished Palazzo; the building - Palazzo Venier dei Leoni on the Grand Canal - [...]

A LIBERAL LIFE

2019-12-18T13:25:44+11:00January 30th, 2018|Categories: Books, Review|Tags: |

The Enigmatic Mr Deakin By Judith Brett Reviewed by Anne Henderson Text Publishing Melbourne, 2017 ISBN: 9781925498660, 9781925410884 RRP $49.99 (hb) For those who have tried to link Australia’s second prime minister Alfred Deakin to the ethos or traditions of the Liberal Party of Robert Menzies, I would recommend they read Judith Brett’s just released The [...]

UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL – DOCUMENTS FROM THE FRONT

2019-12-18T13:29:30+11:00January 30th, 2018|Categories: Books, Review|Tags: |

Pompey Elliott at War, in his own words by Ross McMullin Reviewed by Paul Henderson Scribe Publications, 2017 ISBN (13):9781925322415 RRP $59.99 (hb) Ross McMullin wrote an award-winning biography entitled Pompey Elliott in 2002. Fifteen years later, he has now written Pompey Elliott At War, in his own words.  This is a very comprehensive set [...]

CULTURAL ILLS

2019-12-18T13:27:04+11:00January 30th, 2018|Categories: Books, Review|Tags: |

Culture at Crisis Point by Giles Auty Reviewed by Ida Lichter Publisher: Connor Court Publishing, 2016 ISBN: 9781925501247 RRP $29.95 British-born Giles Auty was a professional painter who lived in the artist colony of West Cornwall for many years before he took up art criticism. Culture at Crisis Point is a compilation of 50 of [...]

TONY JONES RE-RUNS THE LEFT’S 1970s SECTARIAN ATTACK ON CROATIAN AUSTRALIANS

2019-12-18T13:25:48+11:00January 30th, 2018|Categories: Books, Review|Tags: |

The Twentieth Man By Tony Jones Reviewed by Gerard Henderson Publisher: Allen & Unwin ISBN: 9781760295004 RRP: $32.99 ABC TV celebrity Tony Jones has written his first book – The Twentieth Man.  The title derives from a story of 20 young Croatian Australians who, some half a century ago, went to (then) Yugoslavia to take part [...]