Saturday, 4 April 2020

The Deceptions by Suzanne Leal - BOOK GIVEAWAY

Long-buried family secrets surface in a compelling new novel from the author of The Teacher's Secret.
Moving from wartime Europe to modern day Australia, The Deceptions is a powerful story of old transgressions, unexpected revelations and the legacy of lives built on lies and deceit.

Prague, 1943. Taken from her home in Prague, Hana Lederova finds herself imprisoned in the Jewish ghetto of Theresienstadt, where she is forced to endure appalling deprivation and the imminent threat of transportation to the east. When she attracts the attention of the Czech gendarme who becomes her guard, Hana reluctantly accepts his advances, hoping for the protection she so desperately needs.

Sydney, 2010. Manipulated into a liaison with her married boss, Tessa knows she needs to end it, but how? Tessa's grandmother, Irena, also has something to hide. Harkening back to the Second World War, hers is a carefully kept secret that, if revealed, would send shockwaves well beyond her own fractured family.

Inspired by a true story of wartime betrayal, The Deceptions is a searing, compassionate tale of love and duplicity-and family secrets better left buried.

'The Deceptions is a stunning example of the way fiction tells war better than any other form - I could taste its madness, its horror. Saw from the outside, its utter absurdity. For days after reading the novel I found myself wrestling with the price of betrayal, and the value of truth.' - Sofie Laguna, winner of the Miles Franklin Literary Award

'At what cost can a survivor of hell rebuild a seemingly normal life? The Deceptions is a gripping and tragic story for our times.' - Leah Kaminsky, author of The Hollow Bones

'Impossible to put down. Leal is a master storyteller. Mesmerising, heartbreaking, honest-The Deceptions is ferociously good.' - Nikki Gemmell, author of After

'Those who grew up in the shadow of the Second World War had Elie Wiesel's Night to define for them the enormity for the Holocaust. Those who were born later can now rely upon Suzanne Leal's brilliant and confronting novel The Deceptions to open their eyes to the true horrors of Nazism.' - Alan Gold, author of Bloodline.


With thanks to Allen & Unwin, I have a copy of The Deceptions by Suzanne Leal to giveaway.

To enter: Just send an email to with the subject line THE DECEPTIONS BOOK GIVEAWAY. In the email, please leave your name and address. Easy!

Please be aware that this giveaway will only be posted to an Australian address.

This giveaway will be drawn on Monday, 20th April at 5pm. The giveaway will be drawn using a random number generator to pick the winner.

Good luck!

Monday, 30 March 2020

Boredom Busters - Virtual Zoo Tours

The Corona Virus may have temporarily stopped people visiting so many amazing zoos around the world, but don't let that stop you from visiting them virtually.

I've compiled a list of virtual zoo tours/live cams you can enjoy from your home. Just click on the link and away you go.

San Diego Zoo - So many live cams. The footage is so clear. I just watched a beautiful family of elephants with their baby. So gorgeous! The San Diego Zoo has the following live cams to choose from:

  • Baboon
  • Penguin
  • Elephant
  • Polar Bear
  • Ape
  • Giraffe
  • Burrowing Owl
  • Tiger
  • Condor
  • Koala

Elephants at San Diego Zoo

Monterey Bay Aquarium - Monterey Bay Aquarium has 10 live cams to choose from :

  • Aviary
  • Coral Reef
  • Jelly
  • Kelp Forest
  • Monterey Bay
  • Moon Jelly
  • Open Sea
  • Penguin
  • Sea Otter 
  • Shark

Penguins at Monterey Bay Aquarium

Zoos Victoria live cams are from Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Open Range Zoo. Their live cams include:
  • Snow leopard cub
  • Penguin
  • Zebra
  • Lion
  • Giraffe
Zoos Victoria

Smithsonian's National Zoo - The  Smithsonian's National Zoo has four live cams. 
  • Naked Mole Rat
  • Panda
  • Lion
  • Elephant
Naked Mole- Rat at Smithsonian's National Zoo

Houston Zoo - The Houston Zoo has live cams for:
  • Elephant Yard
  • Giraffe
  • Gorilla Habitat
  • Chimp Window
  • Leafcutter Ant
  • Rhino Yard 
Rhinos at Houston Zoo

Hope you like these live cams of these beautiful animals.

Thursday, 5 March 2020

Anxiety by Dr Mark Cross

I know how debilitating it is as I have been diagnosed with a few different anxiety disorders. ⠀

I love to read as much as I can about anxiety to educate myself about my conditions.⠀

I watched a documentary a few years ago called Changing Minds. It was a brilliant series about mental health services and patients at a Sydney hospital. The likeable psychiatrist, Dr Mark Cross, was so wonderful with his patients. I had no idea that Dr Cross also has anxiety. ⠀

He has written a book called Anxiety. It explores types of anxiety, causes and common triggers, therapies and treatment, anxiety at work and navigating the health systems. He also discusses his own experiences with anxiety.⠀

Anxiety by Dr Mark Cross is available now. Published by ABC Books. Click the here for more information.

Wednesday, 26 February 2020

Be A Lady They Said

The video below perfectly sums up the contradicting struggles of "what is expected of women" in 2020. 

Isn't it any wonder we feel pressure?

Girls. Girls. Girls. Magazine
"Be a Lady They Said"
Words: Camille Rainville
Narrator: Cynthia Nixon
Director: Paul McLean
Music: Louis Souyave @
Post: Mini Content
Producer: Claire Rothstein
#bringingbackthewoman #girlsgirlsgirlsmag #bealady

Wednesday, 1 January 2020

Celebrities we lost in 2019

Albert Finney, actor. Aged 82.

Karl Lagerfeld, fashion designer. Aged 85.

Andre Previn, composer and conductor. Aged 89.

Luke Perry, actor. Aged 52.

Keith Flint, musician. Aged 49.

Agnes Varda, director. Aged 90.

Doris Day, actress and singer. Aged 97.

Niki Lauda, Formula One world champion. Aged 70.

Judith Kerr, author and illustrator. Aged 95.

Franco Zeffirelli, filmmaker and opera director. Aged 96.

Gloria Vanderbilt, heiress and socialite. Aged 95.

Joao Gilberto, musician. Aged 88 years.

Toni Morrison, author. Aged 88.p

Peter Fonda, actor. Aged 79.

Peter Lindbergh, photographer. Aged 74.

Clive James, writer and broadcaster. Aged 80.

Anna Karina, actress. Aged 79.

Emanuel Ungaro, fashion designer. Aged 86.

Carol Channing, actress and singer. Aged 97.

Marie Fredriksson, singer. Aged 61.

Peter Mayhew, actor. Aged 74.

Bibi Andersson, actress. Aged 83.

Judith Krantz, author. Aged 91.

Denise Nickerson, actress. Aged 62.

Ric Ocasek, singer. Aged 75.

Diahann Carroll, actress. Aged 84.

Shelley Morrison, actress. Aged 83.

Caroll Spinney, puppeteer. Aged 85.

Sue Lyon, actress. Aged 73.

Chuy Bravo, television personality. Aged 63.

Danny Aiello, actor. Aged 86.

René Auberjonois, actor. Aged 79.

Juice WRLD, rapper. Aged 21.

John Witherspoon, actor. Aged 77.

Rip Torn, actor. Aged 88.

Tim Conway, actor, Aged 85.

Peggy Lipton, actress. Aged 72.

Max Azria, fashion designer. Aged 70.

John Singleton, director. Aged 51.

Georgia Engel, actress. Aged 70.

Nipsey Hussle, rapper. Aged 33.

Tania Mallet, actress. Aged 77.

Dick Dale, musician. Aged 81.

Katherine Helmand, actress. Aged 89.

Beverley Owen, actress. Aged 81.

Peter Tork, musician. Aged 77.

Lee Radziwill, socialite. Aged 85.

Jane-Michael Vincent, actor. Aged 74.

Rutger Hauer, actor. Aged 75.

Max Wright, actor. Aged 75.

Billy Drago, actor. Aged 73.

Nadja Regin, actress. Aged 87.

James Ingram, singer. Aged 66.

Kaye Ballard, actress. Aged 93.

Julie Adams, actress. Aged 92.

Barbara Perry, actress. Aged 97.

Lisa Seagram, actress. Aged 82.

Sylvia Miles, actress. Aged 94.

Unfortunately there may be others who passed away this year that I may have accidentally omitted.