Empire Day by Diane Armstrong

In a nutshell… The story of Australia post WWII, in particular the 'New Australians', told by the residents of Wattle Street, Bondi Junction. Strengths: Really captures the period of post-war Sydney and the reactions to the immigrants are similar to today. Weaknesses: A lot of characters, occasionally hard to remember where they fit in Why I... Continue Reading →

Small Island by Andrea Levy

Small Island was recently made into a television series. Like most book to TV/film adaptations, I haven't seen it. I tend to reach for the book first, then look into seeing the show. Small Island is also a book that's won a lot of prizes – the Orange Prize, the Whitbread Award and the Commonwealth... Continue Reading →

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