The Week: 22nd – 28th January

Canberra Summer Sunset This heatwave just keeps going. Canberra was the hottest capital city in the country for more than a week. So, US Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar has been jailed for 175 years. I stayed up into the early hours of Thursday morning (Wednesday US time) to watch him being sentenced. He will be …

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A Marchioness Below Stairs by Alissa Baxter

Escaping from Bath and the news that her former love is about to marry another, Isabel, the young widowed Marchioness of Axbridge, accepts an invitation to her cousin’s house party. Yet, instead of finding respite, she stumbles into a domestic crisis of majestic proportions: The kitchen servants have succumbed to the influenza. If that weren’t …

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The Week: 16th – 22nd October

The lilac is out in Canberra, and smells gorgeous. Sunshine and spring flowers on Tuesday afternoon.   My review of The Lost Letter: A Victorian Romance by Mimi Matthews Joanna Shupe Excerpt: A Daring Arrangement Fashion Plates: 150 Years of Style The anniversary of Stalin’s deportation of Ukrainians To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee taken off Mississippi school reading list …

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