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Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility is a classic piece of English literature. Its literary merit is well known, but does that make it a successful choice for your book club? 458 more words

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Friedrich Gerstäcker, Australia: A German traveller in the Age of Gold (Review)

Friedrich Gerstäcker’s Australia: A German traveller in the Age of Gold was first published in its original German, as Australien, in 1854. Gerstäcker did prepare, at that time, an English language version of his travels, but the section on Australia, at least, was much shorter than his German edition, and is all English readers have been able to access – until now. 1,475 more words

19th Century Literature

Anne Brontë – my unsung feminist hero

As a long-time fan of the Brontë sisters (Anne, Emily and Charlotte, in order of preference) I was eager to see To Walk Invisible, the recent BBC drama depicting their early lives. 2,286 more words

Louise Mack, The world is round (Review)

I’ve had Louise Mack’s debut novel, The world is round, on my TBR for about 20 years. Published in 1896, when she was 26 years old, it’s a fairly straightforward tragicomedy about a young well-to-do 21-year-old girl, Jean, who aspires to be a writer, and the two men who love her, the 30-plus-year-old self-confident, successful lawyer-and-writer Musgrave, and the around-25-year-old, shy and financially struggling Harrison. 1,292 more words

Australian Literature

George Eliot, Middlemarch


George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans)


Genre:  Literature

Summary:  George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans) published Middlemarch in eight installments , the eight ‘books’ that comprise this behemoth novel.   746 more words


Monday musings on Australian literature: Louise Mack

I promised in my Reading Highlights post that my first review of the year would be for a book from my TBR pile, and so it will be – hopefully in a couple of days. 1,394 more words

Australian Literature

Love and Madness-Two Female Writers

For the final week of 2016 I’m reviewing two short works by two larger than life female writers.

Although both books seem completely different (one is a modern 20th century romance while the other is a book of short works from the 19th century), they are powerful works that explore common themes of love and loss, grief and rage, and hurt and healing. 1,336 more words