Angels and Bandits by Brodie Curtis

Today I'm delighted to be sharing an excerpt from Brodie Curtis’s newly released novel Angels and Bandits as part of a blog tour hosted by The Coffee Pot Book Club. Angels and Bandits follows two young RAF pilots during The Battle of Britain. From the author:By October 1938, Britain and all of Europe were of … Continue reading Angels and Bandits by Brodie Curtis

The Girl from Portofino by Siobhan Daiko

Today I’m delighted to be sharing an excerpt from Siobhan Daiko’s newly released novel The Girl from Portofino as part of a blog tour hosted by The Coffee Pot Book Club. The Girl from Portofino is part of Girls of the Italian Resistance: A collection of standalone novels set in Italy during World War 2. … Continue reading The Girl from Portofino by Siobhan Daiko

Over the Hedge by Paulette Mahurin

Today I’m delighted to be presenting Paulette Mahurin's recently released novel Over the Hedge as part of a blog tour hosted by The Coffee Pot Book Club. During one of the darkest times in history, at the height of the German occupation of the Netherlands in 1943, members of the Dutch resistance began a mission … Continue reading Over the Hedge by Paulette Mahurin

Sisters at War by Clare Flynn

Today, I’m delighted to be sharing an excerpt from Clare Flynn’s newly released book Sisters at War as part of a blog tour hosted by The Coffee Pot Book Club. Over the following days, Hannah agonised over how to tackle what she had begun to think of as ‘The Judith Situation’. She became increasingly convinced … Continue reading Sisters at War by Clare Flynn

Book Review – Call of the Curlew by Elizabeth Brooks

Call of the Curlew begins on 30 December 2015. 86-year-old Virginia Wrathmell has known for years that one New Year’s Eve she will walk onto the marsh and meet her end there. She has been waiting for a sign. The sign has now appeared on her doorstep in the form of a fragile curlew’s skull. … Continue reading Book Review – Call of the Curlew by Elizabeth Brooks

One Minute Book Review – Little Boy Lost by Marghanita Laski

Little Boy Lost begins at Christmas 1943 when poet Hilary Wainwright receives the news, brought by Frenchman, Pierre Verdier, that his three year old son, John, is lost somewhere in France. Hilary has only seen his son once, just after his birth, as he had to flee France following the German invasion. His wife Lisa, … Continue reading One Minute Book Review – Little Boy Lost by Marghanita Laski

One Minute Book Review – Tomaree by Debbie Robson

Tomaree begins in 1972 with Peggy Lockwood returning to Nelson Bay, a coastal town in New South Wales where she had grown up. In 1943 Peggy had married an American naval Lieutenant, Tom Lockwood, who was stationed at Nelson Bay and, as a war bride, Peggy had moved to the United States following the war. … Continue reading One Minute Book Review – Tomaree by Debbie Robson

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

Book Review – One Woman’s War and Peace by Wing Commander Sharon Bown (Ret’d)

When I think of Australian women’s military service, particularly in relation to World War 1, I think of the women of Australian Army Nursing Service. 2,139 AANS nurses served overseas during World War I attending wounded Australian soldiers in all major campaigns. They worked behind the lines in field hospitals and on hospital ships that … Continue reading Book Review – One Woman’s War and Peace by Wing Commander Sharon Bown (Ret’d)

One Minute Book Review – The Forgotten Highlander by Alastair Urquhart

This week something slightly longer than a one minute review. The Forgotten Highlander. My Incredible Story of Survival During the War in the Far East is a memoir by Alistair Urquhart (1919-2016). It  touches on Urquhart's childhood and post-war life but concentrates on the period in which he was a Prisoner of War of the … Continue reading One Minute Book Review – The Forgotten Highlander by Alastair Urquhart