Ellan Read

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For any enthusiast of modern Chinese history, this is an essential text detailing one of the key narratives of early Communist Party History. For everyone else, this book contains an approachable history of the powerful life-stories of some truly remarkable women.

June 6, 2017 · 1 Comment

Talking To My Country

Grant is an approachable, fluent and engaging writer and, as such, this is not only a book every Australian should read, but crucially, and accessible text that most Australians can read.

May 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

Secret London – An Unusual Guide

Not only does this pocket-sized travel companion provide up to date opening hours, handy maps, cafe details, nearby hotels and various phone numbers, it gives a whole new spin on the sometimes monotonous experience of being a tourist.

May 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

My Brilliant Career

‘The less a person thinks and inquires regarding the why and the wherefore and the justice of things, when dragging along through life, the happier it is for him, and doubly, trebly so, for her.’

May 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

FILM: The Music of Strangers

Title/year: The Music of Strangers (2012) Director: Morgan Neville Found: on the inflight entertainment programming of United Airlines Run Time: 96 mins Comments:   The Music of Strangers  charts the … Continue reading

April 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Arts of the Prima Donna in the Long Nineteenth Century

First published: 2012 Found: via my masters’ thesis research reading Pages/read time: 368, one frenzied reading afternoon Comments:   ‘This consciousness and earnest will-power to move one’s public by the … Continue reading

April 7, 2017 · Leave a comment

Abidjan USA

First published: 2016 Found: Part of course readings Pages/read time: 350, two days Comments: This is definitely not a book I would have read unless I’d had to. Admittedly, I have little … Continue reading

March 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

Katherine Mansfield: The Complete Stories

First published: 1974 Found: Looking for more Virginia Woolf and found Mansfield instead Pages/read time: 830, two months on and off during exam time  Comments:   To and fro, in … Continue reading

March 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

FILM: Russian Ark

Title/year: Russian Ark (2002) Director: Aleksandr Sokurov Found: While re-shelving the DVDs at work Run Time: 96 mins Comments: I have been saving this movie for myself for several months … Continue reading

March 6, 2017 · 1 Comment

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Year of publication: 1969 Found: On a book club reading list Pages/Read time: 304, three days The Black female is assaulted in her tender years by all those common forces of … Continue reading

February 28, 2017 · Leave a comment