Books

THE SELF-IMPORTANT STORY OF AN ALIENATED FORMER CATHOLIC PRIEST

2019-12-18T13:27:07+11:00Categories: Books, Review|Tags: |

Gay with God: The life and times of a turbulent priest By Julian Punch Reviewed by Gerard Henderson Publisher: Red Planet Print Management, 2017 ISBN:  9780648099604 RRP: $ 34.99  Question: How does the first time author of a self-published book get to do a 30 minute interview with Jane Hutcheon on the ABC TV One Plus [...]

G K CHESTERTON,  HILAIRE BELLOC AND DISTRIBUTISM DOWN UNDER

2019-12-18T11:25:43+11:00Categories: Books, Review|Tags: |

   Reviewed by Keith Harvey Of Labour and Liberty – Distributism in Victoria 1891-1966 By Race Mathews Publisher: Monash University Publishing, 2017 ISBN: 1925495337, 9781925495331 RRP $34.95 The old adage "never judge a book by its cover" may also apply to its title. It is certainly the case with the latest offering of Dr Race Mathews, which [...]

FACT AND FICTION – JANE AUSTEN’S SECRET DARCY

2019-12-18T11:25:53+11:00Categories: Books, Review|Tags: |

Reviewed by Anne Henderson Jane & D’Arcy – Volume I – Folly is not always folly Jane & D’Arcy – Volume II – Such talent & such success By Wal Walker Publisher: Arcana Trust 2017 ISBN: 9786460903996 RRP:  (each volume) $37 (pb)   It is not surprising that one of the first authorities Wal Walker [...]

A ROMAN CANDLE IN THE NIGHT

2019-12-18T11:25:55+11:00Categories: Books, Review|Tags: |

Reviewed by Ross Fitzgerald On the Wagon: Following in the footsteps of Jack Kerouac, sober By Lennox Nicholson Publisher: Affirm Press: Melbourne, 2017 ISBN: 9781925344578 RRP: $24.99 (pb) When I was drinking alcoholically I thought that I was a writer. But in those years I couldn’t even write a note to the milkman! However, since I [...]

PROSTITUTION, DRUGS, CRIME AND A PREMIER – SYDNEY’S DARKER YEARS

2019-12-18T11:28:21+11:00Categories: Books, Review|Tags: |

Reviewed by Paul Henderson Sydney Noir The Golden Years by Michael Duffy & Nick Hordern Publisher: NewSouth Publishing 2017 ISBN: 1742235441, 9781742235448 RRP: $34.99 (pb)  This book covers underworld activities in the city of Sydney, 1966 to 1972.  These dates were chosen because 1966 was the year of the death of the notorious Inspector Ray Kelly and [...]

STRANGE BEDFELLOWS AND FELLOW TRAVELERS

2019-12-18T11:25:59+11:00Categories: Books, Review|Tags: |

Reviewed by Gerard Henderson The Show: Another Side of Santamaria’s Movement By Mark Aarons with John Grenville Publisher: Scribe Publications ISBN: 9781925322316 RRP: $32.99  In 1991, the taxpayer funded Australia Council provided Mark Aarons – then an investigative reporter with the taxpayer funded Australian Broadcasting Commission – with a grant to write a parallel history of [...]

LOVES LABOR – LOST

2019-12-18T11:28:28+11:00Categories: Books, Review|Tags: |

Reviewed by Malcolm Kerr Setting The Record Straight — A Political Memoir By Carl Scully Publisher: IngramSpark Australia 2017 ISBN: 9780646971995, 9780646970011 RRP: $65 (pb) Former New South Wales Premier Morris lemma told the Sydney Morning Herald that if Carl Scully wanted to know why he did not become premier he should look in the mirror. Well, [...]

TELLING STORIES AT THE PERIPHERY OF A NATION

2019-12-18T11:22:50+11:00Categories: Books, Review|Tags: |

Reviewed by Ross Fitzgerald   A Historian For All Seasons: Essays for Geoffrey Bolton, Edited by Stuart Macintyre, Lenore Layman and Jenny Gregory, Publisher: Monash University Publishing 2017 ISBN (paperback): 978-1-925495-60-7 ISBN (e-book): 978-1-925495-61-4 RRP $39.95 When our daughter Emerald was little, the only person she called by their full name was Geoffrey Bolton. She was [...]

HIGH ABOVE THE GAME

2019-12-18T11:23:08+11:00Categories: Books, Review|Tags: |

Reviewed by Ross Fitzgerald Cazaly: The Legend by Robert Allen, Publisher: The Slattery Media Group 2017 ISBN 9780992363161 RRP $39.95 In the late 1920s and early 1930s, which was when the Collingwood football club won a record four Victorian Football League (VFL) premierships in a row, my father Bill (“Long Tom”) Fitzgerald, played almost 100 games for [...]