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Did you know that nursery rhymes are full of violence! Well, according to Geoffrey Chandler-Taylor in 1952, after having analysed more than 200 traditional nursery rhymes, came to the conclusion that more than half of these harboured ‘unsavoury elements’.  He then went on to publish this information in his book.…
Beautifully titled for the content this is definitely a Magpies collection of odd bits and pieces, which becomes addictive after reading the first story relating to Chariot racing and Roman hooliganism circa AD 51-96: after all what is really new in the world! Now it is just very fast cars.
This is NOT the story of Jack and the beanstalk! 'It is a beautifully illustrated children’s picture book about a boy called Jack and a magic bean. Each double page features some print and at least a full coloured page of bright illustration.
I thought that this would be a travel book and was prepared to hear many wonderful tales about South America.  To my surprise, the author's reason for travel was the discovery of his “first grey pube”! This seems like a fine reason to discover the wonders of South America, but…
With the author's words “Fiction is the best way of telling the Truth” I knew this would not be a comfortable book to read. Parenting has never been easy and identifying with someone else's questionable decisions makes for confronting reading. The setting of this story is magnificent and comes alive…
Of all the Peanuts characters Woodstock would have to be the quiet achiever of the group as without uttering one single word manages to communicate his completely unique way of looking at life, via is great friend Snoopy. To describe his view on life is as simple as it is…
To breast feed or to bottle feed that is the issue and never has an issue been so debated for so long with a variety of results, all ending usually in tears by one party or the other. As the years have gone by it has become almost imperative that…
Before we start this is definitely an adult book aimed at the section of the community that have a particularly warped sense of humour, enjoying the slightly black and very definitely ridiculous in life. Meet one Vampire as he sets about deciding just what it is that he would like…
With Christmas fast approaching this is a fresh new take on the traditional story of three little pigs, except in this case there are five little pigs who are busy getting into the Christmas spirit, as they sing and dance their way towards Christmas, having fun buying their presents and…
This is a fabulous collection of stories told over many years, all laced with laughter, fun, warmth, tears and joy from Pat McDermott featuring her family, along with an assortment of friends and neighbours, without whom many of the readers of the iconic Australian Woman’s Weekly would be so much…
The first artist to feature in this tribute to Australian art and artist is John Glover who painted his piece titled ‘Natives on the Ouse River’, Van Diemen’s Land in 1838. It is oil on canvas and has captured a moment in time, which while once relatively commonplace, is now…
This is an account of the early years of Dom Harvey's life.  Dominic is currently a radio broadcaster in New Zealand, and if his show is as witty and humorous as his book, I'd love to hear it. Dom is totally honest, and totally irreverent about his childhood.  Like most…
This is a story of two men, twins to be exact and their journey through life: one being the blessed twin whose life always seems to turn out just right. The other, well his life is and has always been full of challenges. How can this be when after all…
In wartime we tend to focus on the human perspective but behind that there is a different tale to tell; that of the animals that have made such a difference to the outcome for so many, not just over the centuries but in recent time. Presented in a slightly ‘old…
Cooper Bartholomew is dead and they are saying it is suicide, but girlfriend Libby does not believe it for one minute an, finding the entire thing unbelievable. Why would he do this when they had just made plans for moving to Sydney and commencing a life together; they were in…
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