Non-Fiction

Women, Oxford & Novels of Crime by Alison Hoddinott

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I've been wanting to read this interesting analysis for sometime now so yesterday sat down and did so.

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Alison Hoddinott writes about the history of crime fiction set in Oxford, from the early decades of the 20th century to the present. Her emphasis is on novels written by women and the ways in which their fiction deals with both the mystery and its solution and with the situation of women within the university and in the wider community.

#amreading Spectacles, Sue Perkins

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A memoir originally published in 2015 I listened to Sue Perkins on the audio version of this and thoroughly enjoyed it.

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When I began writing this book, I went home to see if my mum had kept some of my stuff. What I found was that she hadn't kept some of it. She had kept all of it - every bus ticket, postcard, school report - from the moment I was born to the moment I finally had the confidence to turn round and say 'Why is our house full of this shit?'

Review - Sheila, Robert Wainwright

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Sheila
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Australia
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9781743316825
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Biography

#amreading Sheila, Robert Wainwright

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This is one I will admit I've been trying to read for a while. Interesting snippets of life at that time, surrounded by enormous amounts of Lady this and Lord whoever type gossipy stuff that was a boring as...

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#amreading Blockbuster! Fergus Hume and The Mystery of a Hansom Cab, Lucy Sussex

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Having been a huge fan of other forensic investigations of early Australian Crime Writers done by Lucy Sussex, I've been looking forward to this one immensely. Will be reviewed at http://www.newtownreviewofbooks.com.au

From the Blurb:

Before there was Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, there was Fergus Hume’s The Mystery of a Hansom Cab—the biggest- and fastest-selling detective novel of the 1800s, and Australia’s first literary blockbuster.

Review - DIRTY SECRETS: OUR ASIO FILES, Meredith Burgmann

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Dirty Secrets: Our ASIO Files
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Australia
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B00K61QZSY
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Non-Fiction
Year of Publication: 
2014

Currently Reading - MISTRESS by Matthew Benns

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I've got a lot staked on the final line of the blurb: "And it explains the one lie that binds them all – sex." Otherwise it's feeling a lot like a tawdry gossip at the moment.

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Between the sheets with Australia's powerful, rich and famous

Review - IN THE COMPANY OF COWARDS, Michael Mori

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In The Company of Cowards
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Australia
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9780670077854
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Non-Fiction
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Viking / Penguin Australia
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2014

Currently Reading - In the Company of Cowards, Michael (Dan) Mori

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If ever there was a book that you'd want to be fiction, if there could have been a reason for even less respect for the Howard Government and the purposeful devaluation of the political process... well.

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On a beautiful, balmy evening in Cuba in 2007, David Hicks walked out of Guantanamo Bay, in that moment ceasing to be a detainee of the United States and regaining his rights as an Australian citizen. Watching on was the man who had fought for four long years for Hicks's right to go home: Major Michael Mori.