The French Photographer by Natasha Lester

What do you do when you can’t sleep? Why, read of course! And what better book to have started and now finished within a couple of days than The French Photographer. I’ve read all of Natasha Lester’s books and this is by far the best, although personally, A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald is a close contender. Reading The French Photographer so soon after Anzac was a bit raw for me, although I must add, that simply confers how vivid the

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Songwoman_a book review

Songwoman by Ilka Tampke raises the question of connectedness to Mother Earth. In her extensive exploration of the meaning of an individual’s and a people’s ties to their land, I recall distinctive experiences of my own. First, however, I would hasten to add, that a sense of ‘belonging to place’ is often and usually espoused in reference to indigenous peoples and less frequently in reference to non-indigenous communities or peoples. It is nevertheless, something I own in my own way.

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Why I plan to read more than 19 books in 2019

Armed with my mobile phone and a range of books downloaded through Audible I find driving anywhere the perfect opportunity to listen, uninterrupted. In my 2019 ‘list of magical things I hope to do’  I nominated 24 books for the year, easily digestible at two per month.  I have to travel a lot this year, mostly road trips to and from the country to help co-care my mother and that’s when I’ll ‘read’ – oops, yes, you’ve got it –

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Extinctions by Josephine Wilson – A Review

Extinctions back cover excerpt

At first, Extinctions by Josephine Wilson was a challenge to get into but after a few pages I grew accustomed to the narrative style and became engrossed. As a winner of the Dorothy Hewett Award in 2015 and of the Miles Franklin Literary Award in 2017, it ‘had to be good’. Fred Lothian, the central character through whom most of the story is told, is a difficult man – son, husband, father  – caught up in mind warps that are

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Maureen Helen – Reading Magic

Maureen Helen_Readers in Their Element

It is timely to share Maureen Helen’s Reading Magic in the same week that all Australians are encouraged to stop what they are doing and read for an hour on Thursday September 20th . Maureen’s story is testimony to the power and value of reading during childhood and shows how reading influences one’s path in life. When I first met Maureen, I was totally engaged by her enviable energy for learning and life itself. Maureen is a co-member of the

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Guy Salvidge – Wrapped Up in Books

A few years ago I met Guy Salvidge at an Avon Valley Writers’ Festival and more recently at the last Rockinhgam Writers’ Festival. Our paths continue to cross occasionally and with his article for Readers in Their Element, I am amazed to learn of his voracious appetite for reading. He certainly is in his element when he has a book in his hand. In his own words, Guy’s intermittently award-winning fiction has squirrelled its way into such esteemed publications as The

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Teena Raffa-Mulligan – Confessions of a Readaholic

When I had the opportunity to talk at length with Teena Raffa-Mulligan at W.A. Authors’ Day at Just Add Passion in Stoneville a few weeks ago, I was totally intrigued by her resounding knowledge and passion for reading. Teena is a breath of fresh air and her enthusiasm for reading sparkles with every word she shares. Teena is a reader, writer and daydream believer with a lifelong passion for books and writing. Her first published book was a stranger danger

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A.R. Levett’s Storytelling Journey

When I approached Andrew Levett to be a guest writer for Readers in Their Element I was intrigued to learn about the amazing range of genres he read as a child and currently explores in his writing. Amongst other points of interest, he highlights that variety is sometimes a key to engaging young children in reading. I am pleased to bring you his Storytelling Journey. Andrew is an emerging Western Australian writer of poetry, short-stories, novel-length fiction, and screenplays. He

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WA Author Day, Just Add Passion

Imagine celebrating Mother’s Day with local talent. That’s exactly what Michelle Greening  brought to our doorstep on WA Author Day at Just Add Passion on Sunday. Michelle has a talent for finding real treasures – stunning art, fabulous books and gorgeous crafts as well as amazing, talented WA authors who bring laughs and fabulous stories to share on the deck of her quaint Emporium in Perth’s hills. When I browsed the books the authors had on display I resisted the

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Romance mixed with contemporary issues

Brief insights into three books I’ve read recently, written by Australian author, Rachael Johns, exploring both romance and contemporary issues follow. The Patterson Girls is an absorbing story to listen to involving four sisters each with very different issues about pregnancy. I won the audiobook in a raffle, and I must say, I couldn’t have chosen a better prize. It came with The McKinnels of Jewell Rock which kept me glued to both stories, A Dog and a Diamond and

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