Book Club

Missing pieces in tangled roots
Rosalea Ryan
If there’s one dominant theme running through Edvard Hirifjell’s life it’s undoubtedly “blanks”: the gaping memory blanks that have always pockmarked his early-childhood recollections and now, unexpectedly, the solid timber blanks from which the highest-quality shot..
11-Jan-2018
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Bucking convention
Rosalea Ryan
BENDIGO in the mid-1890s is an inhospitable place for any unwed mother, let alone one whose predicament is the result of a single afternoon’s alcohol-fuelled indiscretion with someone else’s sweetheart. Complicating the situation further, the father – unaware of the pregnan..
04-Jan-2018
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A season to die
Rosalea Ryan
Iceland publishes more books per capita than any other country on Earth. In December the population of 330,000 Icelandic-speakers observes a tradition known as the “Christmas book flood”: a full year’s worth of new titles is launched in a roughly week-long deluge, just in t..
20-Dec-2017
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Chilling clues
Rosalea Ryan
Still deeply shell-shocked in the wake of interviewing a genocidal Rwandan teacher, journalist Nora Sand decides to distract herself from reality with a couple of minutes of retail therapy. In the sleepy surroundings of a small seaside village it’s impossible to know the ramifi..
14-Dec-2017
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Sardinian Seachange
Bendigo Weekly
Newly graduated from design college but with no immediate job prospects, Faye Forrester is both surprised and delighted to receive an invitation to housesit for an old school friend and her Italian husband in Sardinia. Perhaps a few days of visiting Charolotte and Fabio’s tiny ..
07-Dec-2017
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Best of Bendigo in music
Bendigo Weekly
Music Town showcases Bendigo’s vibrant, growing and diverse music scene – from international artists like The Davidson Brothers and Cosmic Psychos, to Bendigo Chorale, to rising young talents Bill Barber and Sherri Parry. This new book features more than 120 bands and artists &nd..
30-Nov-2017
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Silence is not always golden
Sharon Kemp
On public transport, it’s generally expected that passengers will keep to themselves: that they will behave discreetly, mind their own business and not interfere in the conversations of those around them. Sometimes, however, the worst thing a fellow traveller can do is to do nothing at..
23-Nov-2017
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Puzzle over nurse
Dianne Dempsey
Among the 52 women, children and one boy who are buried together in the St Aidans gravesite at the Remembrance Park, Quarry Hill, lies the remains of Jean Lowrie – a World War I nurse. Her story particularly intrigued local historian Murray Poustie who feels he has run into a roadbloc..
23-Nov-2017
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Temporary island home
Rosalea Ryan
Gevaar Island, 40 kilometres due west of tiny Shoalhaven on the West Australian coast, is an isolated, largely inhospitable place at the best of times. In the off season, when the fishermen whose huts are the only sign of civilisation among the rocks rarely leave port on the mainland, it&rs..
17-Nov-2017
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Happily ever after?
Rosalea Ryan
One week. Seven days. Surely change can’t happen so quickly as to completely overturn someone’s sedate, settled life in such a short time span – or can it? High school English teacher Casper Gray enjoys the type of steady contentment his still-single childhood mate Luke cov..
09-Nov-2017
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Bonding backfires
Rosalea Ryan
Corporate retreat. It’s a term almost guaranteed to set off a shiver of fear in all but the most upwardly mobile, single-mindedly ambitious go-getting employee. For accounting clerk Beth McKenzie few things could be less inviting than the prospect of spending four days “team buil..
02-Nov-2017
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Templar history targeted
Rosalea Ryan
Tucked away in the southwestern corner of France is one of the world’s most impressive collections of prehistoric art. The départment of Dordogne is known in international circles for a trio of drawcards: more than 1500 castles, abundant black truffles and the 600-plus irreplac..
26-Oct-2017
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Family at war
Rosalea Ryan
WHEN Anglo-Australians think of World War II battle zones, the natural tendency is to list only those in which our own servicemen fought: Southeast Asia, the Pacific, North Africa, Western Europe. The unimaginable destruction that occurred as Hitler’s army swept across Eastern Europe ..
19-Oct-2017
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Our home-grown writer
Dianne Dempsey
Bendigo writer Kaye Dobbie, has been published in many languages and countries including the US and Germany. “The Germans love my books,” Kaye said, clearly bemused. “They’ve really taken off there.” Sitting in the dining room of her charming Quarry Hill ho..
12-Oct-2017
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Loved ones lost
Rosalea Ryan
When eight-year-old Lycke Höök vanishes from a neighbourhood tennis complex in Stockholm, Sweden, it’s not only members of the little girl’s immediate family who are traumatised. For TV news crime reporter Ellen Tamm, Lycke’s unexplained disappearance unleashes st..
06-Oct-2017
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Stepping forward
Bendigo Weekly
Charmed by The Rosie Project? You are going to love Two Steps Forward. And if you have ever day-dreamed about walking the Camino across the top of Spain, then here’s the novel that may just have you packing your bags and setting off. Written by Anne Buist (Medea’s Curse, Dan..
27-Sep-2017
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High seas hell
Rosalea Ryan
It has the makings of an extraordinary, all-expenses-paid, first-class indulgence: a five-day northern lights cruise to the Arctic tip of Norway aboard a lavishly appointed vessel so exclusive it carries no more than a dozen handpicked passengers. Not surprisingly, British travel writer Laur..
21-Sep-2017
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Stepping into the breach
Rosalea Ryan
Longhope in January 1945 is a district largely devoid of men. Anyone fit enough to fight is doing so, called away to defend their king and country against the Axis powers. Five years of war have stripped the remote northern New South Wales farming community of its traditional workforce. ..
14-Sep-2017
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One funeral, two deaths
Rosalea Ryan
Barely have the remains of Shetland native Magnus Tait been lowered into their grave when the soil beneath the party of mourners begins to shudder. Heavy winter rain has destabilised the hillside, prompting a sizeable slab of earth to slither across open sheep-grazing pasture and into the s..
07-Sep-2017
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Synagogue revealed
Dianne Dempsey
THE latest publication of the Bendigo Historical Society, Jewish Worship in Bendigo (Sandhurst), is about something that no longer exists – the former Jewish synagogue. Subtitled An Overview of Religious observation 1853-2017 Terence Davidson’s primary concern is with the histor..
31-Aug-2017
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