In My Garden (Almost) – The Aspidistra

Gardening sources describe the aspidistra as a flowering perennial plant; however, for most people it is a leafy pot plant that can survive in dark corners of either the house or the garden. The aspidistra is native to eastern and southeastern Asia where it grows in the shade under trees and shrubs. There are over … Continue reading In My Garden (Almost) – The Aspidistra

One Minute Book Review – Sacred Hearts by Sarah Dunant

Sacred Hearts is set in the Benedictine convent of Santa Caterina in Ferrara in 1570, a time of upheaval with changes brought about by the Counter-reformation, the Church's response to the Protestant Reformation, threatening to alter the way the nuns lives are lived. The Church reformers have not yet set their eyes on Santa Caterina … Continue reading One Minute Book Review – Sacred Hearts by Sarah Dunant

Early Modern Women – Margaret, Lady Hoby (1571-1633)

Margaret, Lady Hoby, is best known as the author of  the earliest known diary written by a woman in English. While her diary began as a religious exercise and includes details of her religious practices, prayer and reading, it is also a window through which we can glimpse the busy domestic life of a woman … Continue reading Early Modern Women – Margaret, Lady Hoby (1571-1633)

One Minute Book Review – Gilgamesh by Joan London

Gilgamesh by Joan London begins in 1918 with Frank Clark an Australian soldier in a convalescent hospital in England meeting Ada who is there ‘to visit the soldiers’. He  invites her to come with him back to Australia, to ‘go far away to a country where there will never be another war’. Ada accepts the … Continue reading One Minute Book Review – Gilgamesh by Joan London

One Minute Book Review – The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

The Bible is filled with so many, many stories that it is easy to read superficially without thinking much beyond the words on the page. One story easily overlooked is that of Dinah, the daughter of Leah and Jacob, the Old Testament Patriarch, father of the twelve men who formed the tribes of Israel. Dinah … Continue reading One Minute Book Review – The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

One Minute Book Review – Jungfrau by Dympna Cusack

Jungfrau is the story of three independent  young women who have been friends since university, living in Sydney in the mid-1930s. Eve is an obstetrician who has recently returned to her Catholic faith, Marc a social worker with progressive philosophies who lives life to the full and Thea, a teacher, sensitive and lacking the clear-eyed … Continue reading One Minute Book Review – Jungfrau by Dympna Cusack