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Chestnut Street by Maeve Binchy

Book Review Chestnut Street by Maeve Binchy I’ve enjoyed my first Maeve Binchy. It was twelve hours of audio tapes; an unabridged version of Chestnut Street read by Sile Bermingham. Binchy imagined a Dublin street and the comings and goings of its residents. When a theme or person occurred to her, she’d write a story…

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Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne

I’ve always believed Jules Verne to be a writer of science fiction, a genre that I’ve not rushed out to buy, although I’ve never minded the odd sci-fi television show. So here I am in middle age, reading my first Verne classic. I now know that Verne is known as ‘the father of science fiction’.…

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The Omega Writers Book Fair

The Omega Writers Book Fair brings together Australasian authors with their readers.  There is a Christian theme to many of the books on sale, however, you don’t need to be a Christian writer, or a Christian for that matter, to apply for a stall or be a buyer at this fair.  Writers’ books should, however,…

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Review

Great-Grandma Elske’s Bamboo Cane is so much more than a sweet children’s story.  It opens the readers’ eyes to the fact that old people are interesting and exciting and that age does not take away the desire for adventure.  After all, Tai Chi with swords is not how the world sees the average ninety-five year old!  It is…

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Lin and Language

The acquisition of language in a child with Autism and Semantic Pragmatic Disorder is fascinating.  (It seems that the names of the disorders change every time America’s Psychiatric Association updates the Diagnostic Manual.  SPD has changed but I’m sticking with SPD because that’s what I’ve always called it.  Just Google it if you want clarity.)…

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The Funny, Lovely, Poignant Side of Autism

19 October 2014 · Brisbane · Mr Lin Dixon went AWOL on Thursday morning. I was at work. Alan had rung for the cab about two hours before the cab was to pick our Lin up.  Alan often gets the boss lady instead of one of the switch girls who know Lin and his usual pickup times. The…

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