My Aussie Authors Reading Challenge for 2018

So, over on Goodreads, there’s a wonderful  reading challenge.  I’ve not participated in this particular challenge before, but I will this year.

‘This year’s Aussie Author challenge is a little different. Whether you are a dinky die Aussie or an international reader wanting to discover some talented new authors, the Annual Aussie Author Challenge 2018 is for you! It will run for 12 months until 31st December 2018!’

Here’s the list of books I intend to read for the challenge:

Level Three


Male Authors
1. A Tropical Cure by John Hollencamp
2. Danger Music by Eddie Ayres
3. How to Make Gravy by Paul Kelly
4. Away and Other Stories by Leigh Swinbourne
5.The Time We Have Taken by Steven Carroll
6.Death of a River Guide by Richard Flanagan
7.Tobruk by Peter FitzSimons
8.The Battle for Lone Pine by David Cameron
9.With the Pioneers by Charles Ramsay

Female Authors
1.Me Write Myself by Leonie Stevens
2. The Island Will Sink by Briohny Doyle
3.Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend
4.The Submerged Cathedral by Charlotte Wood
5.Winter Journey by Diane Armstrong
6.The Anzacs by Patsy Adam-Smith
7.The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
8.A Map of the Gardens by Gillian Mears
9. Black Mirror by Gail Jones

2018 New Releases
1. Rebel With a Cause by Jacqui Lambie (Allen&Unwin March 2018)
2. The Lace Weaver by Lauren Chater
3.The Agency by James Phelan
4.The Secrets at Ocean’s Edge by Kali Napier
5.The Sisters’ Song by Louise Allan
6.Hangman by Jack Heath
7.The Paris Seamstress by Natasha Lester
8.The Other Wife by Michael Robotham
9.Scrublands by Chris Hammer

Favourite Genre (Non-Fiction)
1. Launceston by John Reynolds
2.Wasted by Elspeth Muir
3.Writing the Dream (Anthology)
4. The Best Death by Sarah Winch
5. The Media and the Massacre by Sonya Voumard
6. Warren Mundine in Black + White
7. Abandoned Women by Lucy Frost
8.My Home in Tasmania by Louisa Anne Meredith
9. Trucanini by Vivienne Rae Ellis

Dombrovskis: Journeys into the Wild

Today my husband and I went to the National Library of Australia specifically to see the Peter Dombrovskis Exhibition

Peter Dombrovskis (2 March 1945 – 28 March 1996) was an Australian photographer, best known for his Tasmanian scenes. Peter Dombrovskis was born, to Latvian parents, in a refugee camp in Germany.  He and his mother migrated to Australia in 1950, and settled in Fern Tree, a suburb of Hobart, situated below  kunanyi/Mount Wellington.

Peter Dombrovskis, who was a protégé of renowned wildlife photographer and activist Olegas Truchanas (1923-1972), took photographs of the Tasmanian wilderness.  Those photographs were used in Mr Dombrovskis’s annual calendars as well as in calendars produced by the Tasmanian Wilderness Society.  While I don’t have any of these calendars, sadly, I do have a number of postcards featuring his work.

The photographs provide a window into remote and relatively inaccessible parts of Tasmania.  I particularly love the photographs of reflections in the remote lakes, as well as images of the Painted Cliffs (Maria Island).  But Peter Dombroskis’s most famous photograph is undoubtedly:

Morning Mist, Rock Island Bend, Franklin River  

(The link is to an article in Wikipedia about the Franklin River Dam controversy.  A copy of the photograph appears in the article).

The National Library of Australia has over 3,000 Dombrovskis transparencies and has printed 70 of them for this special exhibition.

We also took the opportunity to visit the Treasures Gallery to see the remarkable Blaeu Map