Monday, May 3, 2010

What we are reading....Jacqueline

I've just finished reading "Black Ice" and "Cold as Ice" by Anne Stuart.  She was at our RWA Conference a couple of years back with  Jennifer Crusie.  I read both books 'back to back' as they  intrigued me from page one. Her words flowed effortlessly and suited my mood  for relaxation. If you like intrigue where the protagonists take the 'mickey' out of one another, you might enjoy these.

"The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society" by  Mary Ann Shaffer is a  tale of post-war friendship, love and books. It  consists of letters that weave between the nuances of lives affected by the  German occupation of Guernsey. Juliet comes to know and love the extraordinary  personalities of these writers and shares it all with us in a light-hearted  fashion laced with wry humour.  It's a tea and cake and a curl-up on the  couch type of book.

My other book by Robert Holman and edited by Peter Thompson  is "On Paths of Ash" and I was not expecting a light-hearted read because  Holman was an Australian soldier captured by the Japanese at the fall of  Singapore and interned in Changi. What impressed me was the wry humour  expressed by Holman for almost every occasion. It certainly tempered the  horrific experiences of these men as they toiled on the Burma Railway, then  worked in the coalmines in Japan where they witnessed the Nagasaki atomic bomb  drop and finally came home.

Not for the faint-hearted but it is a genuine piece of our  Australian history about which we all should know.


1 comment:

Eleni Konstantine said...

Jacqueline, what fascinating books. All different but all intriguing. Oh the TBR pile is not going to like me one bit.

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