One Minute Book Review – A Dangerous Crossing by Rachel Rhys

A Dangerous Crossing, set in mid-1939, begins with a well-dressed woman removed by police from a passenger ship after it has docked in Sydney. The novel then steps back to the beginning of the voyage where we are introduced to Lily Shepherd who is bidding farewell to her family on board the Orentes, a migrant … Continue reading One Minute Book Review – A Dangerous Crossing by Rachel Rhys

One Minute Book Review – The Battlers by Kylie Tennant

At the height of the Great Depression of the 1930s it is estimated that 30,000 unemployed Australian men took to the road in search of work, often leaving their wives and children to struggle on in the cities and towns. A few women did the same. They took whatever work came their way, fruitpicking, laboring, … Continue reading One Minute Book Review – The Battlers by Kylie Tennant

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