Review

YET AGAIN – LITTLE BOY LOST

2020-07-01T11:28:58+10:00July 1st, 2020|Categories: Review|Tags: |

Missing William Tyrrell by Caroline Overington Harper Collins 2020 ISBN:9781460758687 RRP $34.99 (pb) By Anne Henderson In popular crime fiction, the master detective pursues the clues, trusts instincts hewn over years of tracking the movements and signs in suspects and cracks the case after several mistaken scents. In a matter of weeks, even days, the [...]

THE CHILDREN’S BACH RECONSIDERED

2020-07-01T11:44:11+10:00July 1st, 2020|Categories: Review|Tags: |

The Children’s Bach by Helen Garner Text Publishing 2019 ISBN: 9781922268365 $19.99 (pb) Reviewed by Peter Hayes About once a year on average I see someone giving Helen Garner’s 1984 novella The Children’s Bach an extravagant one-line review. Recently I saw an Oxford professor tweeting, “If you’re looking for something extraordinary to read, Helen Garner’s [...]

LIBERATING ITALY FROM THE FASCISTS

2020-07-01T15:14:44+10:00July 1st, 2020|Categories: Review|Tags: |

A House in The Mountains – The Women Who Liberated Italy From Fascism by Caroline Moorehead Chatto & Windus 2019 ISBN: 9781784741419 RRP $35 (pb) $60 (hb) Reviewed by Anne Henderson As the world undergoes a revision of historical monuments, care of the protests led by Black Lives Matter, it is timely to reflect on the [...]

LAUGHING TILL THE END – WE ALL NEED IT

2020-07-01T11:29:53+10:00July 1st, 2020|Categories: Review|Tags: |

We Need to Talk About Mum and Dad – a Practical Guide to Parenting Our Ageing Parents by Jean Kittson Macmillan 2020 ISBN:9781743538890 $34.99 (pb) Reviewed by Anne Henderson It’s not something we try to think about. Dying. Certainly not for ourselves – though we do expect our parents to die before we do. And, [...]

SAVING BRITAIN IN WAR AND PEACE – A COALITION OF OPPOSITES

2020-08-27T12:57:23+10:00July 1st, 2020|Categories: Review|Tags: |

Attlee and Churchill – Allies in War; Adversaries in Peace by Leo McKinstry Atlantic Books London 2019 ISBN: 9781848876606 $49.99 (hb) Reviewed by Anne Henderson Extraordinary times can produce extraordinary outcomes. None quite so unusual or extraordinary as the partnership during the Second World War of Conservative Prime Minister Winston Churchill and his Labour parliamentary colleague [...]

AINSLEY GOTTO’S GLASS CEILING

2020-07-01T11:31:05+10:00July 1st, 2020|Categories: Review|Tags: |

Ainsley Gotto by Ian Hancock      Connor Court Australia 2020 ISBN: 9781925826555 $49.95 (hb) Reviewed by Paul Henderson A very large number of books, both biographies and autobiographies, have been written about Australian federal politicians. However, not many books have been written about the people who work in Canberra. Three interesting ones are The Persuaders by James [...]

NIKI SAVVA’S “COUP” COP-OUT

2020-02-03T10:14:20+11:00February 3rd, 2020|Categories: Review|Tags: |

Plots and Prayers: Malcolm Turnbull’s Demise and Scott Morrison’s Ascension Author: Niki Savva Publisher: Scribe, 2019 ISBN:  9781925849189 RRP: $ 35.00  Reviewed by Gerard Henderson Niki Savva was a long-time member of the Canberra Press Gallery before changing sides and working as a ministerial staffer and later in the Cabinet Office during the time of [...]

A LIFE WITH PRINCESS MARGARET AND OTHER RARE HUMANS

2020-01-31T16:54:03+11:00January 31st, 2020|Categories: Review|Tags: |

Lady in Waiting - My Extraordinary Life in the Shadow of the Crown by Anne Glenconner Hodder & Stoughton Zuleika 2020 ISBN-13: 9780306846359 $32.99 (hb) Reviewed by Anne Henderson Before taking up Anne Glenconner’s (now an international best seller) Lady in Waiting - My Extraordinary Life in the Shadow of the Crown, it is worth reading Craig [...]

WINSTON’S WOMEN

2020-01-31T16:52:13+11:00January 31st, 2020|Categories: Review|Tags: |

Working with Winston – The Unsung Women Behind Britain’s Greatest Statesman by Cita Stelzer Head Zeus 2019 ISBN-13: 978-1643130194 ISBN-10: 1643130196 RRP $42.99 (hb) Reviewed by Anne Henderson They were called secretaries but their duties could range widely - from endless “taking down” (shorthand) until 3am to looking after fish or butterflies and various other species in [...]

SCOTT MORRISON’S SURPRISE VICTORY – AS ASSESSED BY AARON PATRICK

2020-01-31T16:50:51+11:00January 31st, 2020|Categories: Review|Tags: |

The Surprise Party: How the Coalition Went From Chaos to Comeback By Aaron Patrick Black Inc. 2019 ISBN: 9781760642174 RRP: $29.99 (pb) Reviewed by Gerard Henderson Sydney based Aaron Patrick is one of a trio of journalists who have written a book covering the May 2019 Australian election.  The others are the Canberra-based Niki Savva [...]