BOOK REVIEW: ROSALIE HAM – THE YEAR OF THE FARMER

  Rosalie Ham is a country girl through and through. The author of the hit novel, The Dressmaker has written her fourth book, which is set in a small, country town. The Year of the Farmer is a timely story because it centres on a township struggling through the drought. To read the rest of this review please visit: https://100percentrock.com/book-reviews/201902/248102

FILM REVIEW: STORM BOY

Storm Boy was originally a beloved and classic novel by the late Colin Thiele. Older audiences may have studied the text in school, as well as the 1971 film adaptation. You could argue that a new film version is rather unnecessary, but the latest offering does try to reach new audiences by contemporising some things….

BOOK REVIEW: PETER SPEARITT – WHERE HISTORY HAPPENED

He loves a sunburnt country; a land of sweeping plains. Okay, that was actually Dorothea Mackellar. But the same also applies to Peter Spearritt. This historian, emeritus professor and author shows a real enthusiasm for the wonderful land of Oz in Where History Happened: The Hidden Past of Australia’s Towns & Places.This is one personal, colourful and quirky book. As…

BOOK REVIEW: MICHAEL ATHERTON – A COVETED POSSESSION

  A Coveted Possession documents the popularity of the piano in Australia. Once a treasured member of the household, the piano fell out of favour once people became switched on to the likes of radio and television. Michael Atherton’s highly readable and intriguing book explores the rich cultural history behind this, at times, beloved instrument. Atherton, a professor,…

FILM REVIEW: SWEET COUNTRY

  Man on the run. Sweet Country is based on the true, Australian story about a point in history where justice was put on trial. For this reason, it has echoes of To Kill A Mockingbird except that here, Atticus Finch isn’t a lawyer but a preacher played by Sam Neill. The result is a shockingly brutal and important film. This…

BOOK REVIEW: CAROLE WILKINSON & LIZ ANELLI – OUR STORIES- TEN POUND POM

Australia is a country that is made up of many immigrants. Their stories are celebrated in our immigration museums and in special monuments like the Welcome Wall in Sydney, which immortalises the names of some individuals on a bronze plate. Australian author, Carole Wilkinson shares her own story of being a Ten Pound Pom in…