Nov 12, 2018

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Review of The Promise of Tomorrow: final volume in The Garth Trilogy...

Review of The Promise of Tomorrow: final volume in The Garth Trilogy

L F (Lynette) McDermott, Promise of Tomorrow, Book 3 of the Garth Trilogy, Lynette McDermott, Sydney, 2018, ISBN: 978-0- 9946057-2-6, $30.00 plus $8.00 postage within Australia, 462pp, paperback and ebook also available. The Garth Trilogy is a series of historical novels which tell the story of two First Fleet convict families, the Garths and the Belletts, first transported to Sydney then to Norfolk Island and finally to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) when the convict settlement on Norfolk Island...

May 17, 2018

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Review of The Wicked Trade and The Suffragette’s Secret: genealogical crime mysteries...

Review of The Wicked Trade and The Suffragette’s Secret: genealogical crime mysteries

This is the latest book covering the adventures of fictional forensic genealogist, Morton Farrier by UK author Nathan Dylan Goodwin. It combines the short story of The Suffragette’s Secret with the full-length novel The Wicked Trade. A lovely double dose of Morton Farrier! Usually when I finish one Morton Farrier adventure I want to read another one straight away – my wish was granted. The Suffragette’s Secret is the story of a militant suffragette who is the great...

Oct 14, 2016

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Review of The Spyglass File: a genealogical crime mystery...

Review of The Spyglass File: a genealogical crime mystery

This is the fourth book of the adventures of fictional forensic genealogist, Morton Farrier by UK author Nathan Dylan Goodwin . My December 2014 review of the first two books Hiding the Past and The Lost Ancestor can be read here. Then there was the novella, The Orange Lilies, where Morton Farrier starts to explore his own family origins. I read and thoroughly enjoyed the novella. My January 2016 review of Nathan’s third book featuring the adventures of Morton Farrier, The...

Mar 17, 2015

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Review of Jayne Shrimpton’s Fashion in the 1940s...

Review of Jayne Shrimpton’s Fashion in the 1940s

Jayne Shrimpton is probably best known in the genealogy research world for her book Tracing Your Ancestors Through Photographs, so I was interested to see what her other books on women’s fashion were like. Fashion in the 1940s published by Shire Books is set against a war time background and the austerity that went with it. While there is a British focus, I think there are some lessons for us here in Australia too. It is often hard to...