Book review: Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman

Monday, May 9, 2016 Permalink

Last year a book called My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises was doing the rounds. I loved the title but – for reasons I now do not recall – didn’t get around to reading that book.

It wasn’t until after I finished Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman that I discovered the Swedish blogger and columnist also authored ‘My Grandmother… etc’ and his latest had a quirky and beguiling warmth that makes me realise I would have loved to read about the apologising grandmother.

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Book review: Did you take the B from my ook?

Saturday, May 7, 2016 Permalink

My mum received a ‘joke’ present from someone at her exercise class late last year. I suspect it’s because she takes things seriously. This is a Ball by Beck and Matt Stanton was passed onto my friend’s son who ADORED it, as did his daycare teacher and class.

It was a no-brainer therefore when the same duo released a new book – although this childless 40-something year old normally shies away from children’s books I had to share it with 4yr old Pickle.

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Book review: Gotham by Nick Earls

Friday, April 29, 2016 Permalink

From the media release:

Five Novellas released each month from May 2016, all individual, all linked in subtle and intriguing ways…

The novella is disturbing the literary waters and I&B is stirring the ripples with Wisdom Tree: five pocket-sized, richly intelligent novellas by the internationally renowned Nick Earls.

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Book review: Primary School Confidential by Mrs Woog

Monday, March 21, 2016 Permalink

I’ve long been a fan of Woogsworld – a blog named after its author… Mrs Woog. Which isn’t really her name, rather a moniker adopted in the hope of maintaining some anonymity while the Aussie mum quips about her kids and daily life. It’s a hugely popular blog here in Australia and she has garnered a devoted following of those who appreciate what she describes as ‘making the most out of the mundane’.

I don’t have kids – or a husband – so can’t always relate, but I almost always find her posts unflinchingly honest and hilariously funny.

It came as little surprise then, that Mrs Woog was approached by Allen & Unwin to put her often-unique take of the world, in print.

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