Phillipa Gregory received a warm response for her book The Little House, this was not one of her Tudor historical novels but a mystery with a great finish. It doesn’t disappoint. Franklin and Eleanor once again pleased – a powerful couple in that era. Burning Fields by Ellie Sinclair told of a sugar cane farm in North Queensland after the War.
Some interesting and varied reading was done by Lyn who went from The Last Tzar, The Unusual Life of Edna Walling and finished with Ruth Bader Ginsburgh who was appointed by Bill Clinton as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the USA. A very astute and admired lady.
An unusual read was Little by Edward Carey. This unusual story is about an orphan named Marie who was born in Switzerland in 1761 and through many travels in life became the famed Madam Tussaud. A very good read. The Cutting Room by Louise Welch a mystery, tells the story of an auctioneer asked to clean out and auction a deceased estate, he found more than he bargained for in the attic! The Labyrinth of Spirit by Carlos Ruiz Zafon is the final part of Zafon’s historical Spanish quartet The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, this is a genre crossing delight. Young Digger by Anthony Hill, a Canberra Journalist, the true story from WW1 of a French boy orphaned during the War and how he was bought to Australia, this was reviewed recently and received good press.
The Lady and the Unicorn, history and imagination, the mystery behind the medieval tapestries that hang in the Cluny museum in Paris.
Sarah Thornhill by Kate Grenville, the author of The Secret River, was very much enjoyed by Margaret who gave us a great review.
I can’t list all the books read, but as you can see the reading is wonderfully varied and interesting.