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Every Breath by Ellie Marney

Posted on September 22nd, 2014 by in Uncategorized

Every Breath by Ellie Marney is a novel for young adults that was recently Highly Commended in the Davitt Awards given annually by Sisters in Crime (Melbourne)

Ellie Marney was born in Brisbane, and has lived in Indonesia, Singapore and India.

Now she writes, teaches, talks about kid’s literature at libraries and schools, and gardens when she can, while living in a country idyll (actually a very messy wooden house on ten acres with a dog and lots of chickens) near Castlemaine, in north-central Victoria. Her partner and four sons still love her, even though she often forgets things and lets the housework go.

She said: Highly Commended) for any award is like a little bit of heart-balm, I guess.  Sending a book out into the world is fraught with anxiety at the best of times – is it good enough? will people enjoy it?  will it sink like a stone?

Sizzling chemisty and urban intrigue combine in this thriller from a fresh, exciting new talent.

Rachel Watts has just moved to Melbourne from the country, but the city is the last place she wants to be. James Mycroft is her neighbour, an intriguingly troubled seventeen-year-old who’s also a genius with a passion for forensics.

Despite her misgivings, Rachel finds herself unable to resist Mycroft when he wants her help investigating a murder. He’s even harder to resist when he’s up close and personal – and on the hunt for a cold-blooded killer. When Rachel and Mycroft follows the murderer’s trail, they find themselves in the lion’s den – literally. A trip to the zoo will never have quite the same meaning again…

Ellie’s short stories for adults are published in various anthologies and Every Breath is her first novel for young adults.

Every Breath

Marney, Ellie

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Australian gold brooch set with central gold bearing quartz within a framework of leaves and branches, circa 1860 courtesy Anne Schofield Antiques

Jewels on Queen by Anne Schofield reveals the passion and stories behind the stunning antique jewellery offered in her boutique on Queen Street Woollahra Sydney

Anne Schofield in her boutique, Queen Street, Woollahra at Sydney

From ancient roman rings to eye miniatures, love jewellery, Art Deco aquamarine and diamond brooches, the list goes on.

Anne Schofield unlocks the cabinets and reveals the favourite pieces of jewellery she has bought, sold and collected herself for over fifty years.

World famous designers, flamboyant aristocrats and dotty collectors all make an appearance, as do the stories behind the jewels.

Jewels on Queen

Anne Schofield

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Four Stories by Alan Bennett English dramatist, are playful, perceptive and entertaining as they provide an insight into the vagaries of the human condition

This delightful compendium of four tales to tell have been re-produced in a hard back compendium in celebration of Bennett’s eightieth birthday.

There is no doubt Bennett is a wonderful observer of life.

These four delicious stories have all become modern classics. They are witty, painfully funny and have brilliant twists you don’t see coming.

There is the Laying on of Hands where we are voyeurs on a memorial service for a masseur to the famous.

The second The Clothes They Stood Up In is a comic tale of an elderly couple and their trials after their flat is stripped completely bare.

The third Father! Father! Burning Bright is a savage satire on the family of a dying man. He still rules over them all from his dying bed !

The fourth and last is The Lady in the Van.

This is the true story of an old woman who is invited to live in an eccentric homeowner’s front garden.

She stays for fifteen years and the home is Alan Bennett’s

‘Bennett’s exquisite observations of the snobbish and the camp, the old, the sad and the lonely are recounted with great tenderness and poignancy.’, Daily Express

About the Author

Alan Bennett is one of the UK’s most celebrated literary figures. He is the author of numerous works of fiction including The Uncommon Reader [9781781250143] and Smut [9781846685255]. His play The History Boys was the National Theatre’s most successful production ever.

Four Stories

Alan Bennett

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Outlander by Diana Gabaldon released 1st as Cross-stitch, will be a new television series about a woman living in two centuries choosing between two great loves

As life is not complicated in 1945, Claire Randall is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon in Scotland.

Innocently she walks through a stone circle in the Highlands, and finds herself in a violent skirmish taking place in 1743.

Suddenly she is a Sassenach, an outlander, in a country torn by war and by clan feuds. Being a wartime nurse, Claire can deal with the bloody wounds that face her.

But it is harder to deal with the knowledge that she is in Jacobite Scotland and the carnage of Culloden is looming. Marooned amid the passion and violence, the superstition, the shifting allegiances and the fervent loyalties, Claire is in danger from Jacobites and Redcoats – and from the shock of her own desire for James Fraser, a gallant and courageous young Scots warrior.

Jamie shows her a passion so fierce and a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire, and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

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Outlander: Cross Stitch (TV Tie-In)

Diana Gabaldon

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The Downton Abbey Rules for Household Staff, a manual for life in Victorian and Edwardian times, when setting rules for society to follow in print was de rigeur

Downton Abbey has become the ‘iconic’ series on television for letting us know what life was ‘really like’.

What we do know is that household staff of Downton Abbey carry out their duties with effortless dignity, finesse and pride.

Just how did they know how exactly to lay the table, when to leave the room to give Lord and Lady Grantham their privacy, how to care for Lady Mary’s furs and which uniform to wear when?

Well with Carson in charge how could you doubt the outcome.

This so-called ‘recently recovered and fascinating staff handbook answers all of these questions’ and probably many more.

Covering all the main positions of the Downton household – footman, lady’s maid, housekeeper, groundsman and more – and with a general introduction for new members of staff from Carson the Butler, this book tells you everything you need to know about working below stairs in the grand estate just like Downton Abbey.

The Downton Abbey Rules for Household Staff

Carnival Productions

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At My French Table by Jane Webster the story of a family and their first year in France with a new language to learn friends to make and countryside to discover

They also have a whole new region from Deauville to Rouen to learn about and discover on their doorstep. The story is sure to inspire others to do the same.

After years of thinking about it, Jane Webster finally bought a dilapidated chateau in France and moved there.

She and her husband decided they didn’t want to die wondering what it would be like to live in the country they both loved so much.

So they sold their house in Melbourne, took their four young children out of school and moved the whole family to live in a tiny village in Normandy.

This is also the story of Chateau de Bosgouet and how Jane lovingly brought this grand but neglected old house back to life.

At My French Table is an ode to a beautiful country and the French way of life.

‘If as a child you loved fairy tales and dreamed of being Cinderella, or if you yearned to be the handsome prince with a turreted castle, you’re going to adore Jane Webster’s gloriously illustrated At My French Table.’  New York Journal of Books

‘A love letter to France.’  Sydney Morning Herald

‘Webster has a clever knack of bringing to life the five-story Chateau de Bosgouet.  It’s hard not to be bewitched by Bosgouet’s charm, or inspired by Webster’s warm and thoughtful depiction of French country life.’  The Food Sage

About the Author

Jane Webster grew up in Melbourne but has had a lifelong passion for French culture, history and food. She has participated in many culinary master classes in France, Italy and Australia. She now lives between Australia and France with her husband and four children.

At My French Table (Paperback)

Jane Webster

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How To Be Parisian Wherever You Are by Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline De Maigret and Sophie Mas is about Parisian life, love, liberty and, living stylishly

Four savvy French ladies take up the challenge to put forward their personal case about culture, fashion and attitude. Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline De Maigret and Sophie Mas are known to be bohemian free-thinkers and iconoclasts.

They are not afraid to cut through some of the myths and the smoke and mirrors to say what you don’t expect to hear, just the way you want to hear it.

They are not against smoking in bed, and all for art, politics and culture, making everything look easy, and going against the grain. They say ‘don’t always have to be made up, but you should always be well dressed’ and don’t ask about ‘ugg’ boots.

They take on the confusing subjects of clothes, makeup, men, culture and lifestyle as only a true Parisienne woman can.

It Chooses You

Sophie Mas, Audrey Diwan, Caroline De Maigret and Anne Berest

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Turing’s Cathedral by George Dyson is all about English genius Alan Turing, who in deciphering the Nazi’s ‘enigma code’ paved the way for inventing the computer

Following World War II Alan Turing became a founding father of modern cognitive science and spent the rest of a very short career at Manchester University.

In George Dyson’s book Turing’s Cathedral, he focuses on a small group of men and women, led by John von Neumann at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, who built one of the first computers to realize Alan Turing’s vision of a Universal Machine.

Their work would break the distinction between numbers that mean things and numbers that do things–and our universe would never be the same. Using five kilobytes of memory (the amount allocated to displaying the cursor on a computer desktop of today), they achieved unprecedented success in both weather prediction and nuclear weapons design, while tackling, in their spare time, problems ranging from the evolution of viruses to the evolution of stars.

Dyson’s account, both historic and prophetic, sheds important new light on how the digital universe exploded in the aftermath of World War II. The proliferation of both codes and machines was paralleled by two historic developments: the decoding of self-replicating sequences in biology and the invention of the hydrogen bomb.

It’s no coincidence that the most destructive and the most constructive of human inventions appeared at exactly the same time. How did code take over the world?

Click to Read a Preview of the upcoming film starring Benedict Cumberbatch, about Alan Turing’s wartime efforts.

Turing’s Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe

Dyson, George

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The Housekeeper’s Tale by Tessa Boase is about the women who really ran English country treasure houses from the ground up, catering for both upstairs and down!

In an interview for The Culture Concept Circle Tessa Boase said “…I honed my list down to five women – women who would give me the same scope to tell such a complex and dramatic story as Mrs Doar’s; also giving me a good geographical spread, and moving forward in time with each house. My choice is an arbitrary one – I’m sure there are many, many more such stories out there, and since finishing the book (three years later!) I have found quite a few.

Life in an English Country House was indeed a far cry from Downton Abbey and Mrs Hughes.

This book reveals ‘the personal sacrifices, bitter disputes and driving ambition that shaped these women’s careers. Delving into secret diaries, unpublished letters and the neglected service archives of our stately homes, Tessa Boase tells the extraordinary stories of five working women who ran some of Britain’s most prominent households’.

There is Dorothy Doar, Regency housekeeper for the obscenely wealthy 1st Duke and Duchess of Sutherland at Trentham Hall, Staffordshire. There is Sarah Wells, a deaf and elderly Victorian in charge of Uppark, West Sussex. Ellen Penketh is Edwardian cook-housekeeper at the sociable but impecunious Erddig Hall in the Welsh borders.

Hannah Mackenzie runs Wrest Park in Bedfordshire Britain’s first country-house war hospital, bankrolled by playwright J. M. Barrie. And there is Grace Higgens, cook-housekeeper to the Bloomsbury set at Charleston farmhouse in East Sussex for half a century an era defined by the Second World War.

The Housekeeper’s Tale: The Women Who Really Ran the English Country House

Boase, Tessa

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The Anzac Girls by Peter Rees

Posted on August 13th, 2014 by in War

The Anzac Girls by Peter Rees is the extraordinary real life story revealing the strength of Australian and New Zealand nurses on the front line of World War 1

Now a major ABC six part series, based on the stories of those serving at Gallipoli and on the Western front, after arriving in Egypt they soon realisde that war was not quite the ‘splendid adventure’ they had been led to believe.

By the end of the Great War, forty-five Australian and New Zealand nurses had died on overseas service and over two hundred had been decorated.

These were the women who left for war looking for adventure and romance but were soon confronted with challenges for which their civilian lives could never have prepared them.

Their strength and dignity were remarkable.

Using diaries and letters, Peter Rees takes us into the hospital camps and the wards, and the tent surgeries on the edge of some of the most horrific battlefronts of human history.

But he also allows the friendships and loves of these courageous and compassionate women to shine through and enrich our experience.

Profoundly moving, Anzac Girls is a story of extraordinary courage and humanity shown by a group of women whose contribution to the Anzac legend has barely been recognised in our history.

Peter Rees has changed that understanding forever.

About the Author

Peter Rees has been a journalist for forty years, working as federal political correspondent for the Melbourne Sun, the West Australian and the Sunday Telegraph. He is the author of The Boy from Boree Creek: The Tim Fischer Story (2001), Tim Fischer’s Outback Heroes (2002), Killing Juanita: A true story of murder and corruption (2004), which was a winner of the 2004 Ned Kelly Award for Australian crime writing, Desert Boys and Lancaster Men (2013). He lives in Canberra.

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