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Vivienne Beddoe Profile
'Where History Happened': A photographic journey to Australia's past
While our resident book-lover-in-chief Karen is off enjoying the delights of the Brisbane Writer's Festival, Vivienne Beddoe gives us an overview of a new book available from the National Library of Australia.
Young adult fiction with wide appeal to book lovers of all ages
Wondering what to buy for the YA (young adult) book lover in your life? Vivienne Beddoe has some awesome guidelines for fiction in numerous genres that will appeal to the teenagers in your life - many with wide appeal that you can share with them.
'I remember the wonderful warmth of my family's fuel stove'
Often too hot to touch, but always enticing, the old fuel stove was the heart of many homes.
Remember when we used to send postcards on our travels
"It’s always been a particular triumph to buy and send postcards from a country where I do not speak the language, and, particularly in recent years to imagine the delight of a small grandchild receiving a letter with their name on it."
In a city of millions, if someone wants to disappear, they can
Just weeks before Leah arrived in France, her husband walked out the door and never came back - perhaps he doesn't want to be found?
Remembering the schoolyard games of our childhood
Hours were spent in muddy creeks and dusty ovals.
It's just not cricket: Disgraceful behaviour by Australian cricket team
To have a national team in any sport found cheating is a slur on all national teams.
Some think inheritance is a privilege, for others it's a right
Margaret, the matriarch of the wealthy Jamieson family, is as tight-fisted with the family money as she is with her affection.
A suitcase washed ashore at Mosman reveals a gruesome crime
An innocent victim is a devastating symptom of the clash between public morality, private passion and unrelenting poverty.
A story of love, war and hope symbolised by a red rose
From a small Australian country town, against the backdrop of World War 1, comes a story of a love that surmounts all odds.
A gripping Australian story of two women living in two centuries
Searching for the provenance of an old sketchbook, discoveries rise up from the past and reach into the future.
Family, friends & food with a Middle-Eastern twist
A delicious array of Middle-Eastern dishes from breakfasts to banquets. Share a simple meal with family and friends or plan a sumptuous celebration.
Facing war, the Devereux family must find their own peace
Changing the habits of a lifetime will force them to confront their own shortcomings and bury their grievances.
A Christmas tribute to Dad
He would also say, with a satisfying survey of a room littered with gift wrapping and presents, "There ‘s nothing so over as Christmas."
Compassion, bigotry, hatred, love... but is there sanctuary?
A rickety wooden dinghy runs aground on a barren island. Despite the survivors' fear, ultimately, there is hope - a compelling story from Judy Nunn.
Consider the impact of road accidents beyond the statistics
Aside from medical and legal costs there is the pain and suffering, not just to the people involved in accidents but to the family, friends, colleagues and neighbours.
Young readers will love 'Butterfly, We’re Expecting You'
Come explore your backyard. Who knows what you'll find? A butterfly, a frog, a bird . . . maybe even a dinosaur!
A fascinating memoir of over 40 years on the news frontline
Hugh Riminton has been shot at, blown up, threatened with deportation and thrown in jail. He has witnessed massacres wars and conflicts on four continents.
Courage has many faces in 'The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir'
In this charming Kent village, joining together in song is just what the women need as their hearts break when their sons and husbands leave to fight.
'I learned more, and was given more, as a teacher than I expected'
But forget about 'short days and long holidays' - that's an absolute myth!
Imagine if 'every word is a bird we teach to sing'
What a joyous romp we would share through the world of words, letters, stories and meanings; from the art of translation to the lyricism of sign language.
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