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Lunch with Mussolini

4 starsLunch with Mussolini by Derek Hansen is a fascinating book that's full of suspense and intrigue.

Hansen is an Australian author, who according to his blurb, left the advertising industry to "fulfil a lifelong ambition" to write novels.

Putting aside my suspicion of advertising people, and resisting the temptation to say they are all experts in fiction, I'm happy to (...)

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Pillars of the Earth

5 starsIf you can possibly imagine a cross between Thomas Hardy and Wilbur Smith you might begin to conceive the grandeur of Ken Follett's epic work "The Pillars of the Earth".

There are hints of Jude and Tess in the tragic elements of Pillars, and the rural landscape also reminds of Hardy. The chronology of families through generations, and the gripping narrative, will be familiar to (...)

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4 starsCloudstreet by Tim Winton is the best Australian novel I've read in several years. I preface that by saying I don't read many Australian novels, having been disappointed in the past and wishing to "travel" through my reading.

That said, Winton's Western Australian setting is unique enough for me to enjoy the experience and his writing is simply superb.

The book traces (...)

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Gone for Good

3 starsGone for Good by Harlan Coben is a gripping crime mystery thriller that left me enthralled from start to finish.

Set in New Jersey, and written through the eyes of Jewish youth worker Will Klein, it revolves around the disappearance of Will’s brother Ken.

Accused of murder, falsely according to his family, Ken vanished to escape prosecution and retribution. Assumed dead, (...)

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Tomorrow the World by John Biggins

4 starsThis book would actually be a good starting point for anyone who stumbles across the Prohaska series by John Biggins, as I did.

It is chronologically first, tracing the career and life of Otto Prohaska from small-town Bohemia to the Imperial and Royal Navy of Austria-Hungary.

Young Otto studies at the Naval Academy, learning 19th century sailing skills that will be (...)

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Havoc in its Third Year

4 starsHavoc in its Third Year is a powerful, moving novel set in the religious turmoil of 1630s England.

Written by Ronan Bennett, it traces the story of John Brigge, a decent, hard-working farmer and landowner. He also happens to be a governor on the local town council, the district coroner, and, quietly given the times, a Catholic.

He’s called to hear the case of a murdered (...)

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Welcome to my personal website. I'm Michael J Gorey, a Canberra-based communications professional.

I'm interested in photography, reading, history, politics, travel, food and wine, and keeping fit.

I'll be posting photos here and writing about things that interest me. Comments and feedback are welcome.

19 July 2007 | comments: 0 | Categories: Tags:

Dildos in the news

We had dildos in the paper today; the word "dildos" that is. Our reporter attended a public meeting on Tuesday night, called to discuss issues of concern regarding the Kalgoorlie Hospital.

A local doctor said the hospital was "overrun by administrative dildos".

This prompted some discussion on the subs desk about how to spell the plural of dildo. It's not every day we print this word; in fact I can never recall reading it in a newspaper before.

I was one of those who (...)