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Seagulls on the Ganges

Seagulls on the Ganges is the fictionalized story of Julie and Bruce Stafford.

Ellie and Michael (Julie and Bruce) are living a very happy life together. Ellie is a well known cookery writer and Michael is a survivor of cancer. In fact, Ellie starts her health food journey by trying to help cure Michael of cancer. This becomes the Taste of Life series and they are both blissful happy until a second, unrelated cancer comes into their lives. This time there is no cure and Michael passes away in 2006.

Then into Ellie’s life comes a seagull.

This is a book written very much from the heart. The author has been so honest with her emotions as she deals with overwhelming grief. Meaningful coincidences, solo travel and bravery all lead Ellie (Julie) to a place where she can mend her broken spirit. It is, quite simply, a beautifully written book about love and life; and how does the Ganges tie into the story, you’ll have to read the book.

These days Julie Stafford is known for being a fearless solo traveller who spends every Summer in Dubrovnik. She has known a lot of love and loss in her life and l thank her for sharing her story with us.

** If you would like to read more about Julie Stafford she can be reached at

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Van Cat Meow

This is the story of a lost man and the rescue cat who saved him.

In 2014 Richard East thought he had everything that mattered. He had a well paid job in IT and a house in the suburbs of Hobart. He was also desperately unhappy and going through a crises.

Into his life came a rescue cat called Willow. Richard was struggling with a stressful job and had locked himself into a mortgage for many years into his future. He hit rock bottom before getting treatment and working out who he was and what he wanted to be. He sold everything, re-kitted a van, grabbed the cat and set off to see Australia. Somewhere along the way his soul healed and, to this day, he and Willow are still nomads travelling the country.

I love reading about people who are travelling. This is a well written book and keeps the reader interested in where they have gone and how he supports himself and Willow. Richard also writes about simple living, what’s important in life and the lessons he has learned from his cat.

A book l would recommend to any armchair traveller. You can follow Rich and Willow on their own blog and also on Instagram.

**Normally when l buy a book l leave in public somewhere to, hopefully, continue its journey. This time, however, l will be donating it to the RSPCA as they care for rescue animals like Willow.

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Sue Grafton

Many of you will be familiar with the Sue Grafton alphabet mysteries. I’ve read several over the years, and a few weeks ago saw Y for Yellow at my local library. I borrowed it, read it and enjoyed it.

Thinking that it must be time for Z to appear l googled Sue Grafton to see when it would be published. That’s when l found out that she had passed away at the end of 2017. It left me feeling sad. I liked her as a writer and l liked her female detective Kinsey Millhone.

So, to honour Sue Grafton l am going to go back and read all the books from A to Y.

I’ve just finished A and have read a few pages of B. This is my way of paying respect to a writer l enjoyed reading.

Vale Sue Grafton; you are missed.

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The travelling book

It was originally bought at Melbourne International Airport. Travelling to New York. It looked brand new then.

Then it travelled down to the south of America, being taken in and out of bags. Then, back to New York before flying home to Australia again; and then it was given to me.

It looked a little beat up;

the spine is very creased, but, the book is still readable.

I love J.D Robb books and had converted this person into the fold. That’s why she gave it to me, and l was very happy to take it. So, l read it and loved it like all her books.

Now when l buy a book, or are given a book by someone who doesn’t want it back, l do something different. First off, let me say that l don’t like owning books. This book was not going to stay with me. I read it, wrote a note,

and left it, with the book, at a bus stop.

I went back 2 days later and it was gone. I hope someone picked it up and is now reading it. I hope it hasn’t been thrown away because there is something in me that loves the thought of a book being read and then left for the next person, and the next and the next.

This book was bought for travelling and l’ve got my fingers crossed that it’s still travelling.

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My new reading buddy

This heat is driving me troppo. The baking sun has now been replaced by awful humidity which makes it hard to sleep at night.

I do most of my reading late at night, after everyone has gone to their rooms and the place is quiet. I can then get lost in the story and generally lose all sense of time.

Last week a new reading buddy came into my life; Emily the rescue cat. She’s not mine, but, has now decided that every time l sit to read she must be beside me.

This was her the second day she arrived. Notice the stiches from her little op that came out early this week.

I personally don’t think that looks comfortable, but she doesn’t seem to mind.

Finally she goes to sleep and l am left to read of murder and mayhem.

So think of us both later tonight; her sleeping and me reading well into the early hours.

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Black Water

We’re in the middle of a heat wave and my small studio is baking. It’s energy sapping heat and all l can do is sit in front of the fan and read.

And fall in love with a writer. I love Joyce Carol Oates writing style. As you can see this book was bought at an Op Shop for just a few dollars, and, when l bought it. l had no idea who Joyce Carol Oates was. I read the blub on the back, thought it sounded familiar(and interesting), so l got it.

What a find; what a writer. Her use of language is superb and it only took a few pages for me to realise just how talented a writer Oates is. For a book that spans only 154 pages, it covers a lot. Of course, what l realised was that this book is based on the infamous Chappauiddick incident that involved Ted Kennedy and Mary Jo Kopechne. Oates has reimagined the evening that led to Mary Jo’s death, and the end of Ted Kennedy’s Presidential race. It was 10 hours before the accident was reported to the police, and you can draw your own conclusions for that delay.

Oates’ protagonists are a Senator and young female aide. She also covers a certain time in American History with a beautifully crafted piece of work. It really is one of the best books l have read in a long while.

I will definitely seek out more of her work and give this novel 5 out 5 stars. Absolutely outstanding.

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Between the Lies

Between the Lies opens with a woman waking in hospital and being told her name is Chloe. She has no memory of her life, of what has come before or her place In it.

Adams clever use of descriptive writing takes the reader into the swirling mist of Chloe tries to remember the accident that caused her injury and killed her son.Her growing realisation that she was standing over her son outside the car starts the mystery of what actually happened.
Adams has crafted a clever, well written mystery that keeps the reader guessing right up until the end. The characters are well rounded and the plotting keeps the novel moving forward without feeling forced, as Chloe begins to regain her memory. As Chloe regains her strength there is an undercurrent of evil as she realises that something is being kept from her.

Michelle Adams has written a clever mystery that keeps the reader engaged and guessing until the end. Keep your eyes open for this novel coming out in early March 2019.

I have just reviewed Between the Lies thanks to #Netgalley.