Recipe Club – Winter Warmers










Keeping in theme with the season at the moment the Parra Reads Recipe Club discussed all things warm and comfy.

Anne shared her recipe for Chicken and Veggie Soup which everyone couldn’t wait to try.

We also discussed some of our favourite cooking shows and DVD’s. Jamie of course was a favourite along with River Cottage. But it was nice to hear so many Australian Chefs and television shows mentioned, like Justine Schofield (Everyday Gourmet)  Good Chef Bad Chef and Poh Ling Yeow’s new show Poh & Co.

I am looking forward to Praneeta sharing her recipe for a nice Indian curry for July’s theme of Classics Curries.

Warm your tummy this winter and try cooking the Chicken and Veggie Soup.




Big Little Lies

big little lies

Big Little Lies Liane Moriarty


Pirriwee Publics annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. This book deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families. This book also shows us the truth about what really goes on behind closed suburban doors.


A hugely enjoyable and easy read. The characters are well developed, believable and likeable. Although it was an easy read, it showcased some serious and confronting issues. It reminded us that although we all appear fine on the surface, a number of us are secretly fighting our own battles. The book also demonstrated the playground politics often found in schools and we all admitted to comparing the characters to some of the parents at our schools! The book at times felt like a screenplay and we questioned whether that was necessary. There is a great, unexpected twist at the end which had us all talking. Overall a fantastic book and a must read for kindergarten parents!

Rating – an impressive 9.5/10

Read By Cultcha Club

Miles Franklin Winner 2015



Congratulations Sofie Laguna WINNER of the 2015 Miles Franklin Award!


the-eye-of-the-sheep‘Ned was beside me, his messages running easily through him, with space between each one, coming through him like water. He was the go-between, going between the animal kingdom and this one. I watched the waves as they rolled and crashed towards us, one after another, never stopping, always changing. I knew what was making them come, I had been there and I would always know.’ Meet Jimmy Flick. He’s not like other kids – he’s both too fast and too slow. He sees too much, and too little. Jimmy’s mother Paula is the only one who can manage him. She teaches him how to count sheep so that he can fall asleep. She holds him tight enough to stop his cells spinning. It is only Paula who can keep Jimmy out of his father’s way. But when Jimmy’s world falls apart, he has to navigate the unfathomable world on his own, and make things right.


Sofie’s winning book is The eye of the sheep, is a great read. Do yourself a favour and read it today.

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Why does E=mc²? (and why should we care?) – A Book Club Review

Why Does E=MC2? : (And Why Should We Care?) - Brian CoxWhy does E=mc²? (and why should we care?)

Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw


What does E=mc2 actually mean? Dr. Brian Cox and Professor Jeff Forshaw go on a journey to the frontier of twenty-first century science to unpack Einstein’s famous equation. Explaining and simplifying notions of energy, mass, and light–while exploding commonly held misconceptions–they demonstrate how the structure of nature itself is contained within this equation.

Along the way, we visit the site of one of the largest scientific experiments ever conducted: the now-famous Large Hadron Collider, a gigantic particle accelerator capable of re-creating conditions that existed fractions of a second after the Big Bang.

A collaboration between one of the youngest professors in the United Kingdom and a distinguished popular physicist, Why Does E=mc2? is one of the most exciting and accessible explanations of the theory of relativity.


  • Fascinating. Could not keep up. Could not understand some of the concepts. Don’t understand “gravity”. Difficult.
  • Difficult. Loved the book though. Love the author. Not meant to be simple, but not really simple enough for not having studied science. Love all this stuff – how the world works.
  • Difficult to  understand but enjoyable in parts.
  • Enjoyed the discussion. Better as a TV presentation. Unable to grasp concepts.

Read by: First Wednesday book Club.

The Narrow Road to the Deep North


The Narrow Road to the Deep North : Winner of the 2014 Man Booker Prize - Richard FlanaganThe Narrow Road to the Deep North

Richard Flanagan


A novel of the cruelty of war, and tenuousness of life and the impossibility of love.

August, 1943. In the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Thai-Burma death railway, Australian surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his love affair with his uncle’s young wife two years earlier. Struggling to save the men under his command from starvation, from cholera, from beatings, he receives a letter that will change his life forever.

This savagely beautiful novel is a story about the many forms of love and death, of war and truth, as one man comes of age, prospers, only to discover all that he has lost.


This is a stunning book. It is moving and horrific without being sentimental and lingered in my mind well after I finished the last page.

Told in three parts, primarily around the character of Dorrigo Evans, before, during and after his time as a P.O.W. on the Thai/Burma railway during World War II. Dorrigo is a surgeon who finds himself as the commanding officer in charge of hundreds of Australian P.O.W.s as they are starved and brutalised by the Japanese military.  Every character is fleshed out brilliantly. The secondary characters that do not survive linger throughout the book, and the survivors continue on with an understated stain that marks the rest of their days. Flanagan even manages to humanise the Japanese war criminals who view their actions as an honourable duty, even well into their old age.

It brilliantly subverts the idea of love, heroism and virtue. Dorrigo is not your typical hero protagonist. He is never comfortable with the admiration of his men, or the praise that he receives after the war. He is an adulterer who can never reconcile his feelings towards a lost, forbidden love and feels like a passenger within his loveless marriage.

I really can’t do this book justice in a short review. A must read.

Read by Dean