Review

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 [...]

MOVING WITH THE WORLD – CHESTERTON’S CHURCH UNDER ATTACK

2020-12-10T11:05:20+11:00December 8th, 2020|Categories: Review|Tags: |

Sacred & Profane: Faith and Belief in a Secular Society By Peter Kurti (foreword by Henry Ergas) Connor Court 2020 ISBN: 9781922449238 RRP: $32.95  (pb) By Monica Doumit Christians are indistinguishable from other men either by nationality, language or customs. They do not inhabit separate cities of their own, or speak a strange dialect, or [...]

THE TRANSITIONAL FORCE OF AMERICA’S FIRST (FOREIGN BORN) FIRST LADY

2020-11-02T11:15:43+11:00October 26th, 2020|Categories: Review|Tags: |

Louisa: The Extraordinary Life of Mrs Adams by Louisa Thomas Penguin Press New York 2016 ISBN: 9781410488145 (hb) ISBN: 9780399563133 (pb) ISBN: 9781101980828 (eb) RRP $25 (pb) $50 (hb) Reviewed by Anne Henderson It says something about US presidents and their families that there have been only two foreign born US first ladies – US first [...]

ELIZABETH MACARTHUR AS WE NEVER KNEW HER

2020-10-27T09:12:53+11:00October 26th, 2020|Categories: Review|Tags: |

A Room Made of Leaves  by Kate Grenville Text Publishing 2020 ISBN: 9781922330024 RRP: $39.99 (HB) By Anne Henderson Historians do their best with the remnants of the past at hand to decipher various truths of events and the people who made them happen. But it seems it is left to novelists to fill in [...]

LOOKING AGAIN AT JAMES COOK’S LEGACY

2020-10-26T13:10:46+11:00October 26th, 2020|Categories: Review|Tags: |

Captain Cook’s Epic Voyage by Geoffrey Blainey Penguin Viking 2020 ISBN: 978 1 76089 509 9 RRP: $34.99 (HB) Reviewed by Anne Henderson Looking back and looking back with the perspective of time is no bad thing. But looking back on events and people and recasting them out of ignorance and with ideological blinkers is [...]

FELLOW TRAVELLERS TO THE END

2020-10-26T13:10:53+11:00October 26th, 2020|Categories: Review|Tags: |

The Mystery of Olga Chekhova  by Antony Beevor Penguin Books 2004 ISBN: 0 14 30 3596 (pb) ISBN: 0-670-03340-5 (hc) Reviewed by Anne Henderson No century in history has captured historians and scholars quite like the twentieth century with its political upheavals, bloodshed, revolutions, social dislocation and technological advancement brought on by world wars. The brutal [...]