Land of the Blue Mist by Susan Mallgrave

The story of Aster Sweetwater, a girl between two cultural worlds – Cherokee and Jackson’s USA – and her search for a place for her people

The Storyteller by Dave Grohl

A view of life as a rock star but through a refreshingly different lens, that of Dave Grohl, one that exudes enthusiasm and love for life

Kindergarten at 60 by Dian Seidel

A great book, describing Seidel’s experience teaching English to students in Thailand – in a kindergarten! Cultural, frank and real.

The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

A magnificent book of war and love and courage and weakness – a tour through the human experience: its emotions, its hesitancies, its losses

The Echo Chamber by John Boyne

Truly a tale for our social media dominated times, this book is full of satire and humour with a strong end message

Deadly Intents by Laraine Stephens

Early twentieth century Melbourne is a city of dark corners but Reggie da Costa is there to shine an investigative light in this lively book

Sweet Caress by William Boyd

William Boyd delivers again – great story, vividly told, with an engaging and strong female narrator enhanced by “lost” photos

A Gilded Death by Cecelia Tichi

The first book in the series about Val and Roddy DeVere is a great opener, establishing the characters and atmosphere of the Gilded Age