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The Tree of Man – Patrick White

The Tree of Man

Australia, 1955. “At the turn of the century Stan Parker takes a wife and makes a home as a small farmer in the wilderness of Australia. Amy bears his children and time brings him a procession of ordinary events – achievements, disappointments, sorrows and dreams. The author won the 1973 Nobel Prize for Literature” From the Amazon review.

Crocodile on the Sandbank – Elizabeth Peters


Amazon.co.uk Review

“Elizabeth Peters’ unforgettable heroine Amelia Peabody makes her first appearance in this clever mystery. Amelia receives a rather large inheritance and decides to use it for travel. On her way through Rome to Egypt, she meets Evelyn Barton-Forbes, a young woman abandoned by her lover and left with no means of support. Amelia promptly takes Evelyn under her wing, insisting that the young lady accompany her to Egypt, where Amelia plans to indulge her passion for Egyptology. When Evelyn becomes the target of an aborted kidnapping and the focus of a series of suspicious accidents and mysterious visitations, Amelia becomes convinced of a plot to harm her young friend. Like any self-respecting sleuth, Amelia sets out to discover who is behind it all”

Cloudstreet – Tim Winton

Am re-reading the classic 1991 Australian novel

“Cloudstreet a broken down house of former glories on the wrong side of the tracks, a place teeming with memories of its own, a place of shudders, shadows and spirits.

From separate catastrophes, two rural families flee to the city and find themselves sharing this great breathing, sighing, muttering structure and begin their lives again from scratch.

There are the industrious Lambs, who wait and wait on the God of Miracles who seems to have foresaken them, and the gambling Pickleses, who prefer to deal with the mysteries of Lady Luck and her henchmen. Both aghast at the fates which have delivered them to Cloudstreet, and the baffling realisation that they will always remain there.

Together they roister and rankle in a divided house that begins as a roof over their heads and becomes a home for their hearts.

In this fresh, funny novel, full of wonder and dreams, brilliant young Australian author, Tim Winton, weaves the threads of lifetimes, of 20 years of shouting and fighting, laughing and grafting, into a story about acceptance and belonging.”




Re-reading it for 3 reasons:

  1. The TV show First Tuesday Book Club is discussing it early 2010
  2. A new 6-hour mini TV series is about to be made
  3. I wanted to (well, after I heard about the first 2)


Current book is the Vietnam War account that is



The cover says: “The best book I have ever read on men and war in our time – John le Carre”

To quote from Amazon: “Michael Herr, who wrote about the Vietnam War for Esquire magazine, gathered his years of notes from his front-line reporting and turned them into what many people consider the best account of the war to date, when published in 1977. He captured the feel of the war and how it differed from any theater of combat ever fought, as well as the flavor of the time and the essence of the people who were there”

Purchased online from BetterWorld Books

Inside Hitler’s Bunker: The Last Days of the Third Reich

Reading the WWII history book

Inside Hitler's Bunker


I understand this was one of the two main books used as the source for the excellent "Downfall" film. The other one, I have also recently read.

Purchased online from BetterWorld Books