Category Archives: Franks Book Reviews

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Blue Dog By Louis de Bernieres

Publisher: Knopf
R.R.P.: $34-95
Review: Frank Nolan
Louis de Bernieres is probably best known for his novel Captain Corelli’s Mandolin
which was made into a very successful film. De Bernieres wrote a book titled Red Dog in 2001 and he was inspired by the […]

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Fifteen Young Men A Real Sporting Tragedy By Paul Kennedy

Publisher: Penguin
R.R.P.: $29-99
E-Book $16-99
Review: Frank Nolan
On a calm Saturday morning during the Queen’s Birthday week-end in 1892, fourteen young members of the Mornington Football Club and the thirteen year old son of the captain of the yawl Process sailed across […]

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The Shack By Peter Van Schie

Publisher: Melrose Books
R.R.P E-Book: $21-50
Review: FrankNolan
Ballarat resident Peter Van Schie has spent over three years of his retirement writing a modern-day thriller titled “The Shack”. It is the story of two good mates, Frank and Sean, who have an unhapppy […]

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The Art Of Reading By Damon Young

Reviewed: May 16th 2016
Publisher: M.U.P.
R.R.P: $27-99
E-Book: $12-99
Review: Frank Nolan
Damon Young points out that while courses, degrees, festivals, guide lines and rules constantly celebrate and attack Writing, there is very little talk about Reading. Hence, in his book The Art of […]

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Our Vietnam Nurses By Annabelle Brayley

Reviewed: May 16th 2016
Publisher: Michael Joseph
R.R.P: $34-99
Review: Frank Nolan
Annabelle Brayley is the author of four collections of stories about Nursing. These include Bush Nurses, Nurses of the Outback, Outback Vets and , now, Vietnam Nurses. The author states that she […]

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Billy Connelly’s Tracks Across America By Billy Connolly

Reviewed: May 9th 2016
Publisher: Sphere
R.R.P: $45
E-Book: $19-95
Review: Frank Nolan
Billy Connolly is well known for his stand-up comedy performances and his parts in over 40 feature films and numereous TV productions. Last year he undertook a 6000 miles train journey across […]

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For Love Of Country By Anthony Hill

Reviewed: May 2nd 2016
Publisher: Viking
R.R.P: $29-99
Review: Frank Nolan
This book tells the story of a family named Eddison and covers the period from World War 1 through to the 1970s. Walter Eddison was an officer in the 56th Batallion A.I.F. who was […]

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A Sunburnt Country By Toni Tapp-Coutts

Reviewed: 11th April 2016
RRP: $29-99
E-Book: $16-99
Review: Frank Nolan
This book is a pleasant change from the numerous “rural romances” (known in the trade as”ru-ros”) which line the shelves of our book-shops. Toni Tapp-Coutts tells the true story of her life in […]

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Nothing To Cry About By Joan Atherton Hooper

Reviewed: 11th April 2016
Publisher: Katherine Seppings
R.R.P: $30
Review: Frank Nolan
This is a book with a strong connection to Ballarat. The author tells of growing up as a ward of the state and then her many battles in life before establishing a podiatry […]

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The War Bride By Pamela Hart

Reviewed: 4th April 2016
Publisher: Hachette
R.R.P: $29-99
E-Book: $19-99
Review: Frank Nolan
“War Brides” is a term used in reference to military personnel who married “foreign women” in times of war. Pamela Hart’s war bride is Margaret Dalton who meets and marries an Australian […]

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