Children and Young Adult Round Up: September 2020

Children and Young Adult Round Up: September 2020

Welcome to the September edition of the Children’s and Young Adult Round-up. In September, we had twenty -one books entered for the children’s audience, from picture books to middle grade novels, and five for young adult books, with one familiar author cropping up yet...
Crime Fiction Round-Up: September-October 2020

Crime Fiction Round-Up: September-October 2020

The year is running away from us fast and more than ever I’m finding that there are never enough hours for all the good books I want to read. This round-up sees me checking out a book that I have read and need to review, a book on my desk that I need to get to...
Classics and Literary Round-up: September 2020

Classics and Literary Round-up: September 2020

Spring has sprung down-under with a wonderful – and much appreciated display of wildflowers and colourful crops (not to mention some colourful weeds too!) We have continued reading, though perhaps not quite as much as we did over winter. As always, please check...
Non-Fiction (General) Round Up: October 2020

Non-Fiction (General) Round Up: October 2020

Since our round up includes both non-fiction and poetry it is perhaps inevitable that one of the persistent undercurrents will be the closeness of the personal and the political. Many of the reviews this month fall under this category in some way. They are books that are genre-resistant, boundary-pushing pieces of collective art or culturally responsive writing that imbue the tensely political climate of the times with raw emotion and beautiful expressions of social critique.