Category: Non-Fiction

A Bookish Observation: Many computer crashes ago, back in the day when the “blue screen of death” often showed its irritating face, before we upgraded to an Apple iMac, I lost many bits and pieces. Some files were precious, some were important and others were long forgotten. One of the long forgotten items, lost forever, was the first eBook I paid for: Walking the M62 by John Davies.

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This book just arrived in the post today. I’ve browsed through the contents of this anthology and it is full of treasures. The blurb invites me to: “Follow the interwoven threads through this remarkable and revealing journey of Australian storytelling. With its mix of fiction, nonfiction and poetry, The Invisible Thread promises to captivate and enthral all lovers of literature.” Can’t wait to read it.

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While reading Peter Boxall’s 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die, I’ve discovered it’s not just a list of books. It is also the source of some self discovery helping me understand what I don’t want to know about and what I do, a very enlightening realisation. I’m realising how narrow the boundaries of my reading taste are. My strategy for the book is to slowly read through all the previews. When I find a potential book to read, I add the book to my Amazon wish list . I’m only one third of the way through the book at the time of writing this blog post.

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About the book: The book tells the story of the life of Phillip Parker King who was inextricably linked with the establishment of the colony of New South Wales. His father, Philip Gidley King, sailed to Botany Bay on HMS Sirius as Governor Phillip’s second in command in 1787, and Lt. PG King was given the responsibility of establishing the penal settlement on Norfolk Island.

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Artuccino is proud to host The Allan Cunningham Project: The Allan Cunningham Project is made up of several parts, all with the same aim, which is to document accurate information related to Allan Cunningham (botanist and explorer 1791 – 1839) and make it accessible via the internet. Keeping a record of what he witnessed, discovered and documented will ensure that our generation and future generations will have access to historical information related to the Australian landscape and its flora between 1816, when he first arrived in Port Jackson and 1839 when he closed his eyes for the last time.

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Bookish observations while reading Clive James’ The Dreaming Swimmer: How many times have I read a book and wanted to hear the music the author mentioned, see an image of the art the author has gushed over, or know who it was the author quoted, deferred to and admired? Many times!

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A bookish observation – My impression of a Sydney Writers Festival Event 2011: The auditorium at The Mint, one of Sydney’s early historic colonial buildings, was full to capacity when Robbie Buck bounced up on the stage. I didn’t know who he was but he seemed full of confidence, bright and energetic. He was followed closely by the author, Louise Hawson. Once seated in the comfortable lounge chairs, waiting for them on the stage, they commenced a conversation that immediately put a focus on what it was that motivated Louise to photograph the suburbs of Sydney, one each week for 52 weeks and blog the results. The results were so popular, Louise knew she “had” something. A publisher suggested a book could prove to be successful and it was.

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A bookish observation: My first introduction to Sandy Mackinnon’s writing was “The Unlikely Voyage of Jack de Crow”. This is still one of my favourite books. When I heard he had written another book, I think he has only written two, I just had to get “The Well at the World’s End”.

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A bookish observation: I loved every word in “Talking to Zeus” by Jane Shaw (an audio book) and knew when I’d finished the last chapter I’d feel regretful that the characters would gradually fade out of my imagination.

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Audible.com is great value: For just $5 we’ve just picked up an audio book titled The Adventure of English by Melvyn Bragg and read by Robert Powell. We subscribe to audible.com and it was a special offer for members only. It’s 12 hours of story, of history. It’s really good!

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