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Book Review: Dead Man’s Land -Robert Ryan

Deeply entrenched as I am in WW1 (no pun intended!), I happened to come across this book whilst browsing my local QBD book store.

Its a fictional crime thriller, which (for me), makes a refreshing change from the more factual aspects of the Great War.

What was so appealing about this book is the POV of the main character. A strong older man and a doctor, Watson’ s previous claims to fame are as Sherlock Holmes’ sidekick.

With his relationship with Holmes estranged, Watson finds himself tending to the wounded along the Western Front. Surrounded by the carnage, a series of bodies turn up, and Watson has to use his detecting skills once more to solve the murders in a place where thousands of soldiers are dying every day.

This book is so well researched, with heaps of historical facts and settings. Added to that, there are both strong male AND female characters. It is a great read, even more so as the character of Dr Watson has always been shrouded in mystery, always one step behind Holmes.

I think Conan Doyle would approve. 4/5 stars.


Printed books v s E books – I know what I prefer.

According to The Huffington Post, (taken from The National Book Review, Oct, 2016) ebook sales are declining, while the printed book sales are steady.

In response to this, here’s 5 valid reasons why we should keep encouraging printed books and keeping this industry alive amongst so much technology.📚

1. Pages! Comforting, soft to touch, smelling lovely and new (or gorgeously old). To compare, ebooks are like reading an ATM machine.

2. You get to keep them! Printed books can add/enhance any collection, and look so cool on a book shelf (especially with an awesome book cover).

3. You can share them. How much bettet to make new friends than through exchanging books? They bring communities together, and can keep friendships thriving. Also, how much more social is a Book Club?

4. Printed books are a physical reminder of good times. How awesome is it to find a favorite book from your childhood amd delve back into those memories – just like a well liked song.

5. Lastly, and from a writer’s point of view, print book publishers are fairer to writers than the ebook version of their work. Publishers give less % royalties to ebooks which makes it that much harder to earn a living

Image: My favorite book store on the Gold Coast, BookFace.

Tuesday Quote : 3

For my third quote of Tuesday quotes, I’m going to share with you one of my all time favorite quotes, from the classic book Alice in Wonderland. Alice was also one of my daughter’s favorites (before she discovered The Hunger Games), and I think this quote is quirky and enchanting, just like the book itself. Many of the quotes from the book (and there are many) are inspirational, and totally resonate today.

‘It’s no good going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then’

Alice in Wonderland (1865)

Lewis Carroll 

Here’s a little background info on the author himself :

Lewis Carroll (1832-1898), was born in Cheshire, England. Did you know that –

  • he was born Charles Lutwidge Dodgson
  • his poem ‘Jabberwocky’ is considered one of the greatest ‘nonsense’ poems written in English
  • he was mathematically gifted, writing numerous mathematical books under his real name
  • he was reading such classics as ‘The Pilgrim’s Progress’ at the tender age of 7
  • he suffered from a stammer
  • Alice in Wonderland was one of Queen Victoria’s favorite books
  • he regarded Alice in Wonderland as ‘a fairy-tale’



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