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Ah, the humble hamburger. It is no longer humble as it has taken its place firmly amongst the ulinary elite as dish worth noticing and almost demands you should sit up and take some notice. As you will discover there is definitely more to it than a meat patty, sauce, some fried onions and a bun.

Without doubt this would have to rank amongst the top ten books you must read this year. Set just after the end of the Second World War Marguerite Carter returns to England in order to study to become a teacher. This is a powerful book based in historic fact, during a time when the old order no longer held true and new ideas where there for the learning, experimenting and the challenge.

In this long awaited sequel to the Seven Suns saga Anderson has delivered yet another epic novel as a follow onto the Saga of the Shadows series.

Although this series is set some twenty years on many of the characters beloved in the Seven Suns saga are back again. The human race, having expanded further out into the stars has, by doing so, managed to upset the ancient race of IIdrians, former rulers of the Spiral Arm.

This work is not for the fainthearted as it relates to how and why we are here on this earth and the materialisation that has been instrumental in our being here in the first place.

More than a book, it could be considered a course on ancient and modern philosophies in relation to our life pathway based on Vedic astrology, the law of Karma and free will.

Before you read this book make very, very, sure you leave your ideas about life, death and particularly religion firmly some other place, as this is a very cleverly written look at all three of these facts which affect each and every one of us.While it is not the done thing to read the last pages first in any book, in this case do so as it will make the entire life of 'Travesty' considerably more enjoyable.

Written unashamedly by born again vegan, Aine Carlin in a desire to share great food, vegan style, she has created, cooked and presented a range of dishes that are simply mouth-watering and will temp even the most determined omnivore with simple easy meals from seasonal and dried ingredients. There is also a great little introductory section explaining the route taken to choose the eating style of vegan which is interesting and, pardon the pun, does give food for thought.

 This is a story of despairing characters with devastating backgrounds living in close proximity in an inner Melbourne suburb. Nick the Greek landlord pops in and out of the story and has a dream to dig out a cellar underneath his building. His optimism is welcome.

Dr Cole moves seamlessly from Egyptian history to the ancient Mayan prophecy regarding the apocalypse. His in depth knowledge of the Mayan civilization and the spread of its culture gives an authenticity to this work. Although it is a work of fiction, so many unexplained phenomena become plausible when looked at in a different light.

For lovers of Egyptology and fast paced adventure stories, this book is very rewarding. Dr Cole shows an enormous depth of knowledge and understanding of historical times, and has created an entertaining and educational read.

Monday, 06 October 2014 22:02

Ellie O'Neill

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Ellie O’Neill took the long way round.
She sold spider catchers in Sydney, flipped burgers in Dublin and worked in advertising in London. All the while, she had that niggling feeling, that she had stories to tell. So, at thirty-something, she made the brave leap and moved back in with her parents to get the job done. Swopping the dizzy disco lights of London for their suburban Dublin house, she scribbled away knowing that there was something about Irish fairies she needed to share with the world. Her first novel Reluctantly Charmed was born.
Then most unexpectedly Ellie fell madly in love. The only catch, he lived in Australia. True to form she couldn’t ignore the magic and followed her heart to Oz for what was supposed to be a long holiday. Five years later Australia is home to Ellie, her Joe and their fabulous baby (with an Irish name no one can pronounce). They live in Geelong and Ellie is currently workin. Courtesy Simon & Schuster

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