Book Review – Jessica

Jessica by Bryce Courtenay


Jessica is based on the inspiring true story of a young girl’s fight for justice against tremendous odds.

A tomboy, Jessica is the pride of her father, as they work together on the struggling family farm. One quiet day, the peace of the bush is devastated by a terrible murder. Only Jessica is able to save the killer from the lynch mob – but will justice prevail in the courts?

Nine months later, a baby is born … with Jessica determined to guard the secret of the father’s identity. The rivalry of Jessica and her beautiful sister for the love of the same man will echo throughout their lives – until finally the truth must be told.

Set in the harsh Australian bush against the outbreak of World War I, this novel is heartbreaking in its innocence, and shattering in its brutality.

‘A deserved bestseller, based on fact, a story told with heartbreaking honesty.’ Australian Women’s Weekly

‘Courtenay draws on the social satire of Jane Austen and the dark forces of Thomas Hardy, and his tragic heroine parallels Antigone … ‘ Herald Sun


Bryce Courtney’s book Jessica is an enthralling read about life in the outback early 1900’s Australia.  The hardship and expectations of everyone around her just made her more determined to go her own way in life.  That is until wrongly committed to the asylum.  Friendship and love prevail.  It’s a beautifully written book set in sheep country with vivid descriptions of life and death on a station.  However there were those who found it implausible and disappointing.


MJ Readers Club 7/10

Parra Pods Celebrity Pioneers & the Price of Fame

In this Episode 23, Katherine and Nisa discuss two biographies set on opposite sides of the globe.

One, an actress of global fame, with nearly four decades of work behind her; another, a social media star who dabbled in acting and was the talk of her country for over four years. Both were pioneers and paid a heavy price for fame.

Some of the books discussed in this episode include:

Inside Out: a memoir by Demi Moore, Harper Collins, September 2019.

A Woman Like Her: the short life of Qandeel Baloch by Sanam Maher, Bloomsbury, July 2019.

Happy Listening,

Nisa & Katherine

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Nobel Prize in Literature for 2018 and 2019 announced

After the award was postponed last year, the Swedish Academy has recently announced Olga Tokarczuk as the 2018 winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, with the 2019 prize being awarded to Peter Handke. Check out some of their books in the collection to learn more about why the announcement is creating ripples in literary circles. Nisa

Magazines in the library

Magazines are a great way to receive bite-sized entertainment and information.
Join me as I talk about some of the titles we’ve added to our collection in 2019. Perhaps you’ll find a new favourite or two…                                                               Nisa.

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