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Chestnut Street by Maeve Binchy

Book Review Chestnut Street by Maeve Binchy ISBN 978-0-8041-6509-9 Random House Audio Publishing. 15 September 2019 I’ve enjoyed my first Maeve Binchy. It was twelve hours of audio tapes; an unabridged version of Chestnut Street read by Sile Bermingham. Binchy imagined a Dublin street and the comings and goings of its residents. When a theme

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Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne

I’ve always believed Jules Verne to be a writer of science fiction, a genre that I’ve not rushed out to buy, although I’ve never minded the odd sci-fi television show. So here I am in middle age, reading my first Verne classic. I now know that Verne is known as ‘the father of science fiction’.

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Book Review: Death and Letters, by Elizabeth Daly

Review of Death and Letters Written by Elizabeth Daly ISBN 978-1-63194-072-9 By Rhonda Valentine Dixon. I began this book with much enthusiasm because I’d heard that Agatha Christie was a Daly fan. Death and Letters is well written in terms of flow and syntax, however it is in early 20th Century American vernacular which means

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2 Bent Rods – Fishwise kids learn sustainability on our waterways

Fish Wise Kids Learn Sustainability on Our Waterways By Rhonda Valentine Dixon “They say if you find a job you love, you’ll never work a day in your life and I’m lucky enough to have that job”, said Sam Beckman, founder and owner of 2 Bent Rods. As a child, Sam wanted to be a

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Broken Record – A Great Break for Stay-At-Home Mum

Broken Record – A Great Break for Stay-At-Home Mum By Rhonda Valentine Dixon When a chance to subsidise the family income occurred for stay-at-home Kippa-Ring mum Shannon Musson, she embraced it. Shannon said that the opportunity came in the form of disused LPs that she didn’t want to waste. “When my uncle died leaving a

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Dementia Hero – “Listen with your eyes”, says Tiina Alinen

SANDBAG and Tiina Alinen Projects have secured Brisbane City Council funding to bring an inclusive wellbeing dance programme to Sandgate to run throughout 2019. Tiina is a local resident with thirty-five years professional dance experience across education, community and health contexts. She has worked in Australia and internationally as an educator and believes her expertise

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The Omega Writers Book Fair

The Omega Writers Book Fair which usually occurs each year in mid-March brings together Australasian authors with their readers.  There is a Christian theme to many of the books on sale, however, you don’t need to be a Christian writer, or a Christian for that matter, to apply for a stall or be a buyer

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Book Review: Deadly Cargo by James Patterson (with Will Jordan)

‘Predictable’ is the first word that comes to mind to describe this, the first James Patterson book I’ve read. Most of the characters were introduced in the first several chapters (they were credible and believable; some likeable, some not so) and once that was done, the narrative got down to the business of the good

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Review of Great Grandma Elske’s Bamboo Cane by Kathy Hoopmann

Great-Grandma Elske’s Bamboo Cane is so much more than a sweet children’s story.  It opens the readers’ eyes to the fact that old people are interesting and exciting and that age does not take away the desire for adventure.  After all, Tai Chi with swords is not how the world sees the average ninety-five year old!  It is

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