The Bone People by Keri Hulme

I really enjoyed this unusual book, a Booker Prize winner back in 1984, which was recommended to me for my reading list this year. It tells the story of Kere, a woman who lives in a tower and has distanced herself from other people, especially her family. But she finds herself drawn out of herself,…

The Museum Of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman

Another beautifully written and poignant book to sink yourself into, Alice Hoffman once again weaves a tale of romance, tragedy and release. I love her books so much, and although some of you have probably figured out from reading all her books this year, I do have favourites, this is one of her new releases…

Peyton Place by Grace Metalious

Published back in 1956, this novel broke the bounds of what was acceptable and became a runaway best seller. Previous to it’s publication, books and films revolved around women being the objects of desire, rather than possessing any, and small town America was felt to be safe, sleep and benign. And then this book came…

London: The Natural History Museum

I moved to London in 2009, from Australia, and one of the things that immediately struck me was how great it was that most of the museums here are free. It meant that while I was studying at Film School, I could spend my weekends getting inspiration from the old masters, or from history, without…

The Red Garden by Alice Hoffman

If you’ve ever been to a small town, where everyone knows everyone and each house is full of old names and ancient history, this book should feel familiar. It’s the story of a place, from its foundation to current day. Each chapter tells a different part of local history, and family names and traits flow…

The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman

Set in the last four years of the Jewish occupation of the Masada fortress in ancient Israel in the time of the Roman occupation, this book tells the events of the lives of four women there who work together in the Dovecotes. I suppose most of you who have an interest in the history of…