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Posted by on 22 Aug, 2019 in Canberra Weekly, serial killer thriller, Thriller | 5 comments

THIS WEEK’S CANBERRA WEEKLY COLUMN: 22 August 2019 – Books for Father’s Day

THIS WEEK’S CANBERRA WEEKLY COLUMN: 22 August 2019 – Books for Father’s Day

Canberra Weekly 22 August 2019 – Part 1

Canberra Weekly 22 August Part 2

This week in the Canberra Weekly I reviewed five books for Father’s Day. Two of them were novels which I had already reviewed prior to their release in this blog: Robert Harris’ The Second Sleep (reviewed 22 July 2019) and Jo Nesbo’s dark Harry Hole novel, Knife (reviewed 12 June 2019).

The other ones were a useful guide for dads, Dad Hacks and Robert Macklin’s Castaway, about Narcisse Pelletier, a French cabin boy who was abandoned on the Far North Queensland coast in 1858 and saved by the local Uutaalnganu people with whom he lived for the next seventeen years. It is a fascinating account, set against the broader canvas of the frontier wars in Queensland, of a forgotten incident in Australia’s colonial history. Well worth reading.

Also well worth reading is Juliet Rieden’s journey of discovery into the tragic Holocaust history of her father and his family, The Writing On The Wall. Meticulously researched and very moving, it is a compelling account of a terrible time in the world’s history.


  1. And so my reading list continues to grow …. I’m especially keen to read ‘The Writing On The Wall’ and ‘The Second Sleep’.

    • The Second Sleep is great – but a hard book to review because of the surprise twist at the beginning. The Writing On The Wall is also very good

      • Those twists are reviewer challenges for sure. 🙂

      • Glad you enjoyed my book The Writing on the Wall Juliet Rieden

    • I hope you enjoy my book The Writing On The Wall Jennifer. It was quite a journey Juliet Rieden

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