Review

NIKI SAVVA’S “COUP” COP-OUT

2020-02-03T10:14:20+11:00Categories: 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+11:00Categories: 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+11:00Categories: 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+11:00Categories: 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 [...]

THE TRIALS OF JOHN HUBERT PLUNKETT

2020-01-31T16:53:05+11:00Categories: Review|Tags: |

Murder at Myall Creek by Mark Tedeschi Simon & Schuster 2016 ISBN13 9781925456264 ISBN10 1925456269 RRP $25 (pb) Reviewed by Anne Henderson Author Mark Tedeschi QC writes, in his Preface to Murder at Myall Creek,  that completing his “easily accessible version” of New South Wales’ Solicitor General and Attorney General (1832-1856) John Plunkett’s life story was no [...]

CATHOLICS, SOCIAL JUSTICE AND THE AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY

2019-12-20T15:35:45+11:00Categories: Review|Tags: |

Story of our Country: Labor’s Vision for Australia by Adrian Pabst Connor Court, September 2019 ISBN: 9781925826593 RRP $32.95 Reviewed by Keith Harvey This book is unusual and has entered into Australian political literature in an unusual way. Despite the implication in the title, Adrian Pabst is not an Australian but an active member of [...]

LIVING LIVES BEFORE THEIR TIME

2019-12-20T15:35:54+11:00Categories: Review|Tags: |

Noble Savages The Olivier Sisters – Four Lives in Seven Fragments by Sarah Watling Jonathan Cape London 2019 ISBN: 9781473549333 RRP $49.99 (hb) By Anne Henderson In an age when so much importance is given to the study of children’s education, the biographical Noble Savages The Olivier Sisters – Four Lives in Seven Fragments by [...]

WHAT DID YOU DO IN THE WAR MUMMY? HOW WOMEN RESISTED THE NAZI OCCUPATION OF FRANCE  

2019-12-20T15:36:04+11:00Categories: Review|Tags: |

D-Day Girls – The Spies Who Armed the Resistance, Sabotaged the Nazis, and Helped Win World War II by Sarah Rose Sphere 2018 ISBN: 9780451495082 RRP $49.99 (hb)       Les Parisiennes - How the Women of Paris Lived, Loved and Died in the 1940s By Anne Sebba  Orion Publishing Company 2016 ISBN10 0297870971 [...]

FLYING BLIND – INSIDE THE LIFE OF AUSTRALIA’S GREATEST AVIATOR

2019-12-20T15:36:13+11:00Categories: Review|Tags: |

King of the Air - The Turbulent Life of Charles Kingsford Smith by Ann Blainey Black Ink, December 2018 ISBN: 9781760641078 RRP $49.99 (hb) Reviewed by Anne Henderson Students and fans of Australia’s greatest pioneering aviator, Charles Kingsford Smith, should be thankful that historian and biographer Ann Blainey chose to spend her recent years researching the [...]

THE MAN WHO WASN’T THERE

2019-12-20T15:36:22+11:00Categories: Review|Tags: |

Condé Nast, The Man and his Empire by Susan Ronald, St Martin’s Press, 2019 ISBN: 9781250180025 RRP $44.99 Reviewed by Shelley Gare Condé Nast, the New York magazine mogul who gave us Vogue, Vanity Fair, House & Garden and Glamour, elite titles that dominated the twentieth century, was sometimes a tightwad “in true millionaire tradition” [...]