Archive for the Book Review Category

It is no surprise that a dystopian novel about climate change has won the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction in the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards.  There were three among the six shortlisted books. But the winner, Merlinda Bobis, and her novel  Locust Girl: A Lovesong, have had less attention until now than James Bradley’s  Clade and Mireille Juchau’s The World Without Us, which both use the disappearance of the honeybee as a central symbol. (more…)

MANILA, APRIL 04, 2016 – Ferdinand Marcos claimed he declared Martial Law to save the country from the threat of a Communist takeover and impose peace and order on a troubled land. There was no public backlash because Marcos convinced Filipinos the nation was in peril, democracy wasn’t working, the country was falling apart and a strongman was needed.

It was a lie. There was no credible threat. Marcos imposed military rule in order to grab power. The result of Martial Law’s declaration was a 14-year dictatorship marked by atrocity and plunder. (more…)

The works of two Sydneysiders have been included in ‘Portal – Gateway to Adventure’, an anthology of creative non-fiction launched in Los Angeles, California 10 Oct. (more…)

Murder was done by lethal injection to prevent the actress from revealing her torrid affairs with Robert F. Kennedy and John F. Kennedy. A new book sensationally claims to have finally solved the mystery surrounding her death. (more…)

This is a true story about a Filipino migrant family settling in Melbourne in 1977. It is a fascinating read, as it tells of the emotions, the ups and downs, and generous government assistance in those days. It is also about the practicalities, the difficulties, and sudden change of lifestyle and culture. It tells about the joys of living in Australia in the 1970’s — a paradise in so many ways, with great opportunities for a good life. (more…)