Best Cook Books of 2018

Again this is a very easy category for me to judge as their are a couple of books I continue to use and refer back to.

One is strictly for baking; breads, cakes, tarts, gluten free, dairy free…this book has it all and the recipes are easy to follow.  If you love baking give “Love Laugh Bake” by Silvia Colloca a try, you wont regret it.

Love Laugh Bake

 

And then we have something completely different – a book that has given me so much pleasure; it is a visual delight, I love the scenic tour of Italy it provides and the recipes are outstanding – I have tried so many of these, I love the seasonal fruits and vegetables they use. Adriatico is by Paola Bacchia is a musts for your kitchen library.

 

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In the Mail 17th February 2018

What a great week or two of new arrivals – my bookshelf is toppling over with the weight 🙂 Among these some great Australian women writers…now where to start? Any recommendations?

 

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My Best Crime/Thriller/Mystery Reads of 2017

This is always such a difficult decision to make but the best thing to do is just start, start listing… here goes; in no particular order my best Crime Fiction/Thriller/Mystery reads of 2017 are:

Flight Path – Ian Andrew

The Burden of Lies – Richard Beasley

Wimmera – Mark Brandi

The Child Finder –  Renee Denfield

Her – Garry Disher

The Girls in Kellers Way – Megan Goldin

Too Easy – J M Green

The Golden Child – Wendy James

Broken Bones – Angela Marsons

I See You – Clare Macintosh

The Last Act of Hattie Hoffman (aka Everything You Want Me to Be) – Mindy Mejia

The Right Side – Spencer Quinn

Two Nights – Kathy Reichs

The Bird Watcher – William Shaw

The Good Daughter – Karin Slaughter

Fatal Crossing (Nora Sand #1) – Lone Theils

And the Fire Came Down – Emma Viskic

 

Did any of these make it on to your reading shelves last year? There were so many great reads last year the list could have gone on an on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In The Mail 22nd December 2017

A busy book receiving week. I have already had a sneak peek at a couple of the titles here; Anatomy Of A Scandal captures the epitome of Entitlement, Maggie’s Recipes For Life is a new favourite,    Salt Fat Acid Heat – is a book that will be on my best of list for 2017, The Tattooist of Auschwitz is one I am really looking forward to reading, The Wanted –   Robert Crais has been on my want to read list forever, really looking forward to this one.  Fallow looks intriguing, I Love You In Five Languages is delightful,  The Hangman appeals, The Collector  – psychological thrillers are my favourite type of read,  The Secret Vineyard – set in  our very own Margaret River,  The Book of Summer – a dual timeline read. Where to begin? Any of your favourites here?

 

books 22 Dec 2017

 

Highlights From Day 1 of The Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival

Australian writers are awesome! Caring, genuine, generous, talented…I hope you get a chance to meet and listen to the personal stories of  some of these fabulous authors soon.   Though I didn’t have the stamina to sit it on every event I enjoyed the day immensely. Thank you all for making day one of the festival so memorable.

 

 

 

Spotlight On Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival – Ann Turner

Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival

I am delighted to welcome Ann Turner to my blog.  “Ann is an award-winning screenwriter and director, avid reader, and history lover. She is drawn to salt-sprayed coasts, luminous landscapes, and the people who inhabit them all over the world. She is a passionate gardener.

Her films include the historical feature Celia starring Rebecca Smart — which Time Out listed as one of the fifty greatest directorial debuts of all time, Hammers Over The Anvil starring Russell Crowe and Charlotte Rampling, and the psychological thriller Irresistible starring Susan Sarandon, Sam Neill, and Emily Blunt. Ann has lectured in film at the Victorian College of the Arts.

Returning to her first love, the written word, in her debut novel The Lost Swimmer  Ann explores themes of love, trust and the dark side of relationships.” (https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13583861.Ann_Turner

Ann’s latest novel Out of the Ice, a mystery thriller set in Antarctica is getting rave reviews (and is currently vying for top position on my TBR pile). More on that soon!  PS – love this cover image!

Out of the Ice

Ann Turner will be discussing From Film to Novels – on Sunday June the 5th at 1.50-2.40pm at the festival.

Welcome to Margaret River Ann!

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Ann told me she was thrilled to be coming to the Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival:

“I am absolutely thrilled to be coming to Western Australia to the Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival. I’m really looking forward to being interviewed by the wonderful Michael Cathcart, where I’ll be talking for the first time about my new novel Out of the Ice, and reading from the book. I’m sure there’ll be lots of discussion about thrillers and whaling and the beautiful whales and wildlife in Antarctica, and also the future of Antarctica with the Antarctic treaty coming up for renewal. I’ll also be talking about the differences and similarities between writing and directing for the screen, and being an author. This is particularly fresh for me as producer Sue Maslin (The Dressmaker, Japanese Story) has optioned my first novel The Lost Swimmer and I am currently developing the screenplay. It has been a 360-degree journey for me as a writer-director to author, and then back to screenwriting, which has thrown up all sorts of challenges and been a huge learning curve, and I’ll be discussing how I’ve approached this.

I’m also eager to see lots of sessions with other writers, and I love the festival’s theme of Home – I’m absolutely intrigued to hear it explored from many different angles.  I adored Sara Foster’s All That Is Lost Between Us, a book I didn’t want to finish as I thoroughly enjoyed picking it up each night. I miss the characters and the Lakes District location. A great read, and I hope to hear Sara speak. It’s wonderful that Hannie Rayson’s play Hello Beautiful is on. I saw it in Melbourne and truly loved it – the terrain traversed resonated with me, and Hannie’s writing and performance is brilliant. I went home and read the book – and absolutely loved that too. Both book and play made me laugh out loud, and are also poignant. I’m looking forward to hearing Hannie air her Home Thoughts, with Kirsty Mackenzie and Jane Monk. And now I want to see the play again! Here’s to the festival and Margaret River – I can’t wait!”

Post Script: All That Is Lost Between Us – Sara Foster

Fabulous West Australian author Sara Foster: 

All That Is Lost Between Us

Sara Foster

All That Is Lost Between Us

Simon & Schuster

ISBN: 9781925184785

 

Description:

Seventeen-year-old Georgia has a secret – one that is isolating her from everyone she loves. She is desperate to tell her best friend, but Sophia is ignoring her, and she doesn’t know why. And before she can find out, Sophia is left fighting for her life after a hit and run, with Georgia a traumatised witness.

 

As a school psychologist, Georgia’s mother Anya should be used to dealing with scared adolescents. However, it’s very different when the girl who needs help is your own child. Meanwhile, Georgia’s father is wracked with a guilt he can’t share; and when Zac, Georgia’s younger brother, stumbles on an unlikely truth, the family relationships really begin to unravel.

 

Georgia’s secret is about to go viral. And yet, it will be the stranger heading for the family home who will leave her running through the countryside into terrible danger. Can the Turner family rise above the lies they have told to betray or protect one another, in order to fight for what matters most of all?

 

Set against the stark, rugged beauty of England’s Lake District, All That is Lost Between Us is a timeless thriller with a modern twist. – See more at: http://books.simonandschuster.com.au/

 

 

My View:

Sara Foster draws us into a chillingly tense narrative of secrets and lies with an explosive prologue that has her protagonist Georgia in a very dire situation (no spoilers here). The stage is now set, the scenery and back drops in place, and the principal characters ready – the excitement is building!

 

Sara Foster has produced a domestic narrative that is tension packed and full of surprises. Georgia’s secret is devastating and tantalising, slowly, ever so slowly we are given hints as to the nature of this secret, and it is one that will shatter the innocence of youth and test the multiple relationships discussed in this book.

 

Tension is just one element that Sara Foster excels in, she also captures that difficult relationship between parents (particularly mothers) and their teenage children – the dialogue or lack of it, the mood swings, the umbilical cord of protection almost severed by the child’s growing independence …the child like almost adult exposed for the world to see. A great accounting of these difficult times.

 

“Georgia has a secret…it is about to go viral….”   Get your copy now and find yourself enmeshed in this family’s troubled life. It could easily be yours.

 

 

A sneak peak of chapter one here: :http://issuu.com/simonschusteraustralia/docs/all_that_is_lost_between_us_sampler

 

 

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