Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Further Reviews on Amazon for Angel with Drumsticks

Vatican vs 60s band

A short interesting read that typifies the struggle of the 60s between youthful freedom and the establishment. In this case, the mere mention of the parties involved, a pop (later rock) band and the Vatican, will arouse the reader’s curiosity.

The many photographs interspersed within the text nicely depict the ambience of the ‘beat’ movement in Rome at that time and the main protagonist, the band Angel and the Brains. Those who remember this group should definitely read this chronicle of the injustices inflicted upon them by the Catholic Church.

5.0 out of 5 stars


Music History

Angel with Drumsticks is a history of the beginning of Beatles-era rock music in Italy. Without giving the story away, it recounts how a promising Italian Rock group developed the music originally at the request of the Catholic Church for a new style Catholic Mass that they hoped would encourage more young people to become involved in the Church. As in many situations, subsequent events did not turn out as expected, for the church or the musicians, and the influence of Italian rock music, compared to the British rock groups, for example, was minimized. The story is well researched and written, and students of the history of rock music should find this an interesting and informative narrative.

5.0 out of 5 stars

Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Loving Maria by TR Robinson

Loving Maria is based on the life of the author’s mother. It is set in a rural area in the early 1900s. It was a time when although attitudes toward the role of women and domestic life was generally changing in cities, life in rural areas maintained restrictive attitudes and conventions of society and class structure, including the tradition of arranged marriages.

Maria belonged to a wealthy family with extensive estates. They were a caring and loving family not only towards each other but also their employees and the people of their local village. This care extended to her mother providing healing to the citizens with traditional medicine.

Maria had inherited this natural skill from her mother and, to enable her to better care for her neighbours, went to Vienna to study modern medicine. She had a modern outlook with her own beliefs and needs yet she wanted to do what was deemed right by tradition.

Being at a marriageable age, her beauty and intelligence were attractive to men. With her mother’s blessing, she resisted convention of a loveless, arranged marriage to a man considered worthy of the family and who may want to take her away from the family estates.

Three men desiring Maria feature in the story. One is a quiet farm boy who admires from afar contrasts with a cruel stalker. The third, whose love for her becomes an obsession, manoeuvres the situation to ensure no one else will win her hand in marriage.

Does anyone win her hand in marriage? Will she be forced to leave her beloved home? I won’t spoil the story; you’ll have to read it for yourself.

I have read all TR Robinson’s books to date. Whether it is a short story, full length novel or biography I have enjoyed each one. Loving Maria is no exception.

My rating 4*

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Friday, 11 October 2019

Reviews of Dingo Books

This blog brings together reviews I have written for several books on dingoes. I have included a summary of reviews of my own books, For the Love of a Dingo and Merigal Dingoes, as well as links to blogs with words of warning for dingo researchers.
The Dingo Debate: Origins, Behaviour and Conservation by Bradley Smith (Editor).
I’ll begin with what I believe to be the most valuable book on Dingoes for many years.
This is not a book simply to read. It is one all dingo advocates, conservationists and ecologists should return to repeatedly for information supporting our fight to save the Dingo.
There is a new breed of young scientists studying the dingo. Editor, Bradley Smith is one of them. Their positive findings on the need to preserve not annihilate the dingo needs to be heeded by all governments. I hope the ongoing research by these young researchers continues to be published and made available to the general public.
Here is the link to my full review.
Dingo Tails: Kane Guy
I have never read a book on any subject containing such a wealth of knowledge in a series of short stories by so many different writers.
Dingoes Tails was the concept of Kane Guy a teacher, writer, husband, father of three, and absolute dingo admirer.
With the publication of Dingo Tails Kane hopes to paint a new picture of the dingo in the eyes of everyday Australians; that by the end of the book the reader will be able to see through the indoctrination of media sensationalism and appreciate the true beauty of the dingo through its many endearing and truly unique qualities.
Here is the link to my full review.
Living with Dingoes by Gill Ryhorchuk
Living with Dingoes gives greater insight and understanding of this beautiful Australian native animal. It clearly describes dingo behaviour and mannerisms and I enjoyed reading about the varying personalities of Gillian’s dingoes.
This is a must reading for anyone considering owning a dingo. In fact it should be compulsory reading for anyone considering a dingo as a pet as they are definitely not suited to many people.
Here is the link to my full review.
Living with the Dingo by Adam O’Neill
This is not a book full of scientific jargon but rather O’Neill’s observations and experience deliver a “Biodiversity 101” lesson at a practical level, explained in easy to understand language.
My favourite quotation in the book is:
Only when we put away the poison baits and concentrate on rehabilitating our environment as a whole, will our endangered species have any hope of survival. The dingo has 4,000 years of experience in managing Australian land systems and controlling the animals that existed within them. I believe the dingo is our only chance for eco-reconciliation.
Here is the link to my full review.
Dingoes Don’t Bark by Lionel Hudson
The book clearly describes the situation and plight of the dingo at the time (1974) and gives some of its sad history since white settlement including its relationship with Aboriginal people before the impact of that invasion.
He also raises a topic not considered a great deal in the early 1970s; that of the dingo’s role in maintaining the balance in nature. Meeting Robert Harden, who was researching dingoes and kept one at home, gave him further insight into this animal he had come to admire. Many old dingo myths are disproven.
Here is the link to my full review.
The Way of the Dingo
As a dingo lover, it is a tough book to read. But I must confess it is beautifully written. 
Sid Wright was a dingo hunter and the fictional story is based on his experiences.
The reason I did read it was because Sid Wright also understood and respected the dingo.
Here is the link to my full review.

Friday, 27 September 2019

The Stone Soup Book of Animal Stories by Stone Soup

The writing talent of the young authors in this book may surprise readers. As the title implies, they are all animal stories but written with imagination, emotion and skill.

I thoroughly enjoyed the majority of stories. In many cases they demonstrated a greater understanding of animals than many adults in our world.

Very enjoyable light read. 4*

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