2020 Reviews · biography · history · military · new release · non-fiction · Political · World War II

New Release Book Review: The Happiest Man on Earth by Eddie Jaku

Title: The Happiest Man on Earth Author: Eddie Jaku Published: July 27th 2020 Publisher: Pan Macmillan Pages: 208 Genres:  Biography & True Stories, Autobiography, Second World War, Holocaust, Historical, Political & Military RRP: $32.99 Rating: 4.5 stars Life can be beautiful if you make it beautiful. It is up to you. Eddie Jaku always considered himself a German first,… Continue reading New Release Book Review: The Happiest Man on Earth by Eddie Jaku

2020 Reviews · history · new release · non-fiction · World War II

New Release Book Review: The Nine Hundred by Heather Dune Macadam

Title: The Nine Hundred Author: Heather Dune Macadam Published: January 28th 2020 Publisher: Hachette Australia Pages: Genres: Non Fiction, Historical, World War II RRP: $34.99 Rating: 4 stars The untold story of the 999 young, unmarried Jewish women who were tricked into boarding a train in Poprad, Slovakia on March 25, 1942 that became the first official transport to… Continue reading New Release Book Review: The Nine Hundred by Heather Dune Macadam

#aww2020 · 2020 Reviews · history · new release · non-fiction · true crime

New Release Book Review: The Killing Streets by Tanya Bretherton

Title: The Killing Streets Author: Tanya Bretherton Published: February 25th 2020 Publisher: Hachette Australia Pages: 352 Genres: Non Fiction, Historical, True Crime RRP: $32.99 Rating: 4 stars From the acclaimed author of THE SUITCASE BABY and THE SUICIDE BRIDE, the story of a series of horrific murders that began in 1930s Sydney – and a killer who remained at large for over two decades. In… Continue reading New Release Book Review: The Killing Streets by Tanya Bretherton

2020 Reviews · biography · history · military · new release · non-fiction · Political

New Release Book Review: The Sisters of Auschwitz by Roxane van Iperen

Title: The Sisters of Auschwitz Author: Roxane van Iperen Published: November 12th 2019 Publisher: Hachette Australia Pages: 320 Genres: Biograhy, History, Political, Military RRP: $32.99 Rating: 4 stars The life-affirming story of female bravery, Jewish Nazi resistance and surviving the horrors of Auschwitz WINNER of the Opzij Literature Prize 2019! During the Second World War two Jewish sisters – Janny and… Continue reading New Release Book Review: The Sisters of Auschwitz by Roxane van Iperen

#aww2019 · 2019 Reviews · biography · history · true stories · World War II

New Release Book Review: The Writing on the Wall by Juliet Rieden

Title: The Writing on the Wall Author: Juliet Rieden Published: August 27th 2019 Publisher: Pan Macmillan Pages: 288 Genres:  Non Fiction, Biography, Memoir, History, World War II RRP: $32.99 Rating: 4 stars ‘Memoirs such as this will ensure we do not lose the struggle against “forgetting” – that sly accomplice of tyranny’ Magda Szubanski In 1939, as Hitler’s troops march on Prague, a Jewish… Continue reading New Release Book Review: The Writing on the Wall by Juliet Rieden

2019 Reviews · history · new release · non-fiction · war

New Release Book Review: Operation Babylift by Ian W. Shaw

Title: Operation Babylift Author: Ian W. Shaw Published: May 28th 2019 Publisher: Hachette Australia Pages: 336 Genres: Non Fiction, History RRP: $32.99 Rating: 4 stars The dramatic and heart-warming story of the last-minute evacuation of hundreds of orphaned babies from South Vietnam in the dying days of the Vietnam War and of the brave Australian nurses who made it happen. In late March 1975,… Continue reading New Release Book Review: Operation Babylift by Ian W. Shaw

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New Release Book Review: Esther by Jessica North

Title: Esther Author: Jessica North Published: April 1st 2019 Publisher: Allen & Unwin Pages: 288 Genres:  History RRP: $29.99 Rating: 4.5 stars The little-known rags to riches love story of a convict girl who arrived in Australia on the First Fleet. Much like another, better-known colonial woman, Elizabeth Macarthur, Esther successfully managed her husband’s property and became a significant figure in the new colony.… Continue reading New Release Book Review: Esther by Jessica North

2019 Reviews · history · new release · non-fiction

New Release Book Review: The Boy Who Followed His Father into Auschwitz by Jeremy Dronfield

Title: The Boy Who Followed His Father into Auschwitz Author: Jeremy Dronfield Published: February 5th 2019 Publisher: Penguin Books Australia Pages: 432 Genres: Non Fiction, History RRP: $35.00 Rating: 4 stars The inspiring true story of a father and son’s fight to stay together and to survive the Holocaust. The boy is my greatest joy. We strengthen each other. We are one. Inseparable… Continue reading New Release Book Review: The Boy Who Followed His Father into Auschwitz by Jeremy Dronfield

#aww2019 · 2019 Reviews · Australian · children · history

Children’s Book Review: The Secret of the Youngest Rebel by Jackie French

Title: The Secret of the Youngest Rebel (The Secret Histories, Book 5) Author: Jackie French Published: January 29th 2019 Publisher: Harper Collins Pages: 128 Genres:  Children (7+) RRP: $14.99 Rating: 3.5 stars The whisper in the darkness is: rebellion! (Or: death or liberty!) Frog is an orphan, a pickpocket, starving on the streets of Parramatta in 1804. But when the tall, commanding Irish… Continue reading Children’s Book Review: The Secret of the Youngest Rebel by Jackie French

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Book Review: Kathleen O’Connor of Paris by Amanda Curtain

Title: Kathleen O’Connor of Paris Author: Amanda Curtain Published: 29th October 2018 Publisher: Fremantle Press Pages: 320 Genres:  Non Fiction, Biography, Memoir RRP: $29.99 Rating: 4.5 stars What does it mean to live a life in pursuit of art? In 1906, Kathleen O’Connor left conservative Perth, where her famous father’s life had ended in tragedy. She had her sights set on a career… Continue reading Book Review: Kathleen O’Connor of Paris by Amanda Curtain