I’ve read a few of Seymour’s books and they have been good, but this new one is fantastic. It’s the story of Badger, a policeman seconded to the security services because he’s brilliant at surveillance. He can stay for days in a covert rural observation post, not moving, invisible. MI6 decide they want him for a job in Iran. The Engineer is a master in the manufacture of IEDs and MI6 have decided he must die. His wife will undergo cancer treatment somewhere in Europe. There is an Israeli sniper already waiting, but first MI6 must discover when and where he is going. Badger and his partner have to find their way into Iran, then to a marsh near the Engineer’s home, where they will wait and listen for this information. And of course if Badger gets caught, his death will be deniable by the British Government.
Of all the Australians who fought in World War II, none saw more action nor endured so much of its hardship and horror as the crew of the cruiser HMAS Perth. In three tumultuous years they did battle with the forces of Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, the Vichy French and, finally, the Imperial Japanese Navy where, off the coast of Java in March 1942, they met an overwhelming enemy naval force. Firing until her ammunition literally ran out, HMAS Perth was sunk with the loss of 353 of her crew. Another 328 men were taken into Japanese captivity, most to become slave labourers on the Burma-Thai railway. Only 218 men, less than a third of her crew, survived to return home at war’s end. Mike will be coming to Bookoccino on thursday August 11 at 6:30 to talk about his book. If you’d like to join us, call on 9973 1244.
Alan Hollinghurst’s The Stranger’s Child is keeping me glued – it’s a fabulous story of two families, starting just before WWI. Cecil is a poet, he comes to stay for a weekend with the Sawle’s and the repercussions of this visit occur through the generations. It’s rather like a Brideshead Revisited. I’m fascinated with the English country house way of life and the way Hollinghurst spins this story is fascinating.
Yes, I know we’ve had people at the front of the store looking at the poster for Marion’s lunch at Barrenjoey House saying ‘She’s Al Grassby’s daughter’, but as you know, she’s been on MasterChef and now has a delightful cookbook, Marion: Recipes and Stories from a Hungry Cook. If you’d like to join us for lunch on wednesday July 20, call us to book. And no, she wont be talking about New South Wales politics!
By Tom McNeal. What happens if you’ve got the chance to go back to that love that had you hooked in your teens/20s but for some reason (in this case university) the love slides away and later you marry another man. This is delightful, fabulous, great. It’s McNeal’s second adult novel, and I hope there will be many more. One of those stories I just didn’t want to end.