Review

STAYING WITH THE COUNTRY – A LIFE OF JOHN McEWEN

2021-02-03T09:32:25+11:00February 3rd, 2021|Categories: Review|Tags: |

STAYING WITH THE COUNTRY – A LIFE OF JOHN McEWEN John McEwen: The Right Man, Right Place, Right Time by  Bridget McKenzie Connor Court Publishing ISBN:  9781922449412 RRP $24.95 Reviewed by Paul Henderson John McEwen wrote an autobiography after he retired, but there have been few books written about him. One of those is the [...]

ON THE INSIDE WITH CARDINAL GEORGE PELL

2021-02-03T09:41:37+11:00February 3rd, 2021|Categories: Review|Tags: |

PRISON JOURNAL VOLUME 1 – The Cardinal Makes His Appeal By George Cardinal Pell Ignatius Press, Freedom Publishing 2020 ISBN 978-1-62164-448-4 (PB) ISBN 978-1-64229-142-1 (eBook) RRP: $39.95 (PB) By Anne Henderson For Catholics of 1950s Australia, the formal prayers said as the Rosary were very familiar. Families knelt in homes at night and together prayed the [...]

LIVING WITH WRITERS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY

2021-02-04T15:22:04+11:00February 3rd, 2021|Categories: Review|Tags: |

SIGNATURES  – LITERARY ENCOUNTERS OF A LIFETIME By David Pryce Jones Encounter Books 2020 ISBN  (HB) 9781641770903 RRP: $43.50 (HB) By Anne Henderson It’s a plain looking hardback – dark red with gold lettering and no dust jacket. The kind of book you might dig out of your grandparents’ library a half a century and [...]

HOW AND WHEN MIGHT LABOR GOVERN

2021-02-03T09:50:54+11:00February 2nd, 2021|Categories: Review|Tags: |

HOW AND WHEN MIGHT LABOR GOVERN The Write Stuff – Voices of Unity on Labor’s Future Nick Dyrenfurth and Misha Zelinsky (editors) Connor Court Publishing 2020 ISBN:9781922449429 RRP: $29.95 (pb) By Keith Harvey The Write Stuff – Voices of Unity on Labor’s Future is a significant book to understand the ALP today. Edited by the [...]

DEBUNKING CONSPIRACY THEORIES – THE DISMISSAL

2020-12-09T15:12:02+11:00December 9th, 2020|Categories: Review|Tags: |

The Truth of the Palace Letters: Deceit, Ambush and Dismissal in 1975 by Paul Kelly &  Troy Bramston  MUP 2020 ISBN: 9780522877557 RRP: $29.99 (pb) Reviewed by Gerard Henderson The strength of The Truth of the Palace Letters: Deceit, Ambush and Dismissal in 1975 is that it demolishes two seemingly conflicting conspiracy theories.  The first [...]

A LIFE WELL LIVED – AND ENJOYED

2020-12-08T15:33:57+11:00December 8th, 2020|Categories: Review|Tags: |

You Shouldn’t Have Joined: A Memoir by  Peter Cosgrove Allen & Unwin 2020 ISBN: 9781760878528 RRP $49.99 (hb) Reviewed by Paul Henderson “You shouldn’t have joined”  is an excellent autobiography by Sir Peter Cosgrove. It is well written, covers a variety of topics and deals with a number of people who crossed his path. Cosgrove points [...]

SCORES TO SETTLE – A ROUND OR MORE WITH LADY BLACK

2020-12-09T15:12:57+11:00December 8th, 2020|Categories: Review|Tags: |

Friends & Enemies – A Life in Vogue, Prison & Park Avenue by Barbara Amiel Pegasus Books 2020 ISBN10 1472134214 ISBN13 9781472134219 RRP - $65.99 (hb) - $34.99 (pb) by Anne Henderson Like its author, Barbara Amiel’s recently published Friends & Enemies – A Life in Vogue, Prison & Park Avenue is gutsy, candid, cutting, acute in [...]

DAVID AND GOLIATH – HOW A BRITISH SOCIALIST TOOK ON STALIN AND WON

2020-12-09T15:38:11+11:00December 8th, 2020|Categories: Review|Tags: |

Ernest Bevin – Labour’s Churchill by Andrew Adonis Biteback Publishing 2020 ISBN: 978 1 78590 598 8 RRP - $42.24 (hb) Reviewed by Anne Henderson In the reconstruction of Western Europe after World War II, one of the most significant figures was the UK Foreign Secretary, Labour’s Ernest Bevin. Without his efforts at the many negotiating [...]

OH DARLING – HOW VERY HOME COUNTIES

2020-12-09T15:35:06+11:00December 8th, 2020|Categories: Review|Tags: |

Diary of an MP’s Wife – Inside and Outside Power By Sasha Swire Little, Brown 2020 ISBN10 1408713411 ISBN13 9781408713419 RRP: $49.99 (HB) By Anne Henderson There are various acidic assessments in Sasha Swire’s now published diaries – take your pick of some that give a flavour: “Truth is those Patersons really piss me off” [...]

REVELATIONS APLENTY IN MURDER AT SEA

2020-12-10T11:06:48+11:00December 8th, 2020|Categories: Review|Tags: |

Dark Secrets: The True Story of Murder in HMAS Australia by Robert Hadler Publisher: Wilkinson Publishing 2020 ISBN: 9781925927436 RRP $29.99 (pb) by Paul Henderson Dark Secrets is about a young sailor, Jack Riley, who was murdered by two other sailors on HMAS Australia, the flagship of the Royal Australian Navy, in March 1942. The brutal [...]