Book Readings

Vision Australia Radio offers a range of book readings from novels, biographies, history – and the odd curiosity:

Vision Australia Radio offers a range of book readings from novels, biographies, history – and the odd curiosity:

  • Something Novel - Novels, Monday to Friday 4:30pm
  • Book at Bedtime – Novels, Monday to Friday 10:00pm
  • People of Note – Biographies (and Autobiographies), Monday to Friday 10:30pm
  • Stories of our Lives – History, Sunday 7:00pm
  • Sunday Book at Bedtime – various genres, Sunday 10:00pm

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Something Novel - Novels, Monday to Friday 4:00pm

Currently on Something Novel: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.

From goodreads.com:

“ I wonder how the book got to Guernsey? Perhaps there is some sort of 
secret homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers.” 


January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she’s never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb….

As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends—and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society—born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi when its members were discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island—boasts a charming, funny, deeply human cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all.

Juliet begins a remarkable correspondence with the society’s members, learning about their island, their taste in books, and the impact the recent German occupation has had on their lives. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever.

Written with warmth and humor as a series of letters, this novel is a celebration of the written word in all its guises, and of finding connection in the most surprising ways.

 


Book at Bedtime – Novels, Monday to Friday 10:00pm

Currently on Book at Bedtime: Dangerous in Love by Leslie Thomas.

From goodreads.com:

A walk through Kensal Green Cemetery, a meat pie in the greasy spoon, a weekend away complete with flannel pyjamas - Dangerous Davies knows how to treat the woman he loves.

Detective Constable Davies has two things on his mind: Jemma Duval, the beautiful, black, hymn-singing social worker, and 'Lofty' Brock, the harmless old eccentric who drowned in the canal. To prove that Lofty's death was no accident, our hero sets out to do some undercover detective work. He soon discovers that something sinister is going on. Something that requires intuition, dedication, brilliant deduction - and a timely blow with a blunt instrument.


People of Note – Biographies (and Autobiographies), Monday to Friday 10:30pm

Currently on People of Note: Spilling the Beans by Clarissa Dickson Wright.

From goodreads.com:

As a child, Clarissa Dickson Wright was surrounded by wealth and privilege. Her mother was an Australian heiress, her father a brilliant surgeon to the Royal family. But he was also a tyrannical and violent drunk who used to beat her and force her to eat rotten food. When her adored mother died suddenly, Clarissa fell into a mind-numbing decade of wild overindulgence that eventually cost her entire fortune. After a long, hard road to recovery, Clarissa finally faced her demons and turned to the one thing that had always brought her joy: cooking. Now at last she has found sobriety and peace, and her TV parternship with the beloved late Jennifer Paterson as the Two Fat Ladies brought her fame and success. With stark honesty and brilliant wit, this is Clarissa?s own story of a life lived to extremes.

Stories of our Lives – History, Sunday 7:00pm

Currently on Stories Of Our Lives: Sir Joseph Banks: The Autocrat of the Philosophers by H.C. Cameron

From biblio.com.au

this book is based largely upon unpublished manuscripts, sufficient to enable the attempt to be made to trace the story of his life from the point where his Journal of his voyage with Captain Cook ends, and he stepped ashore at Gravesend to find himself the centre of interest in London Society. The many sided interests of this man have been described in what are a series of essays of absorbing interest.

Sunday Book at Bedtime – various genres, Sunday 10:00pm

Currently on Sunday Book at Bedtime: Only Time Will Tell by Jeffrey Archer

From goodreads.com:

The epic tale of Harry Clifton’s life begins in 1920, with the words “I was told that my father was killed in the war.” A dock worker in Bristol, Harry never knew his father, but he learns about life on the docks from his uncle, who expects Harry to join him at the shipyard once he’s left school. But then an unexpected gift wins him a scholarship to an exclusive boys’ school, and his life will never be the same again.

As he enters into adulthood, Harry finally learns how his father really died, but the awful truth only leads him to question, was he even his father? Is he the son of Arthur Clifton, a stevedore who spent his whole life on the docks, or the firstborn son of a scion of West Country society, whose family owns a shipping line?

This introductory novel in Archer’s ambitious series The Clifton Chronicles includes a cast of colorful characters and takes us from the ravages of the Great War to the outbreak of the Second World War, when Harry must decide whether to take up a place at Oxford or join the navy and go to war with Hitler’s Germany. From the docks of working-class England to the bustling streets of 1940 New York City, Only Time Will Tell takes readers on a journey through to future volumes, which will bring to life one hundred years of recent history to reveal a family story that neither the reader nor Harry Clifton himself could ever have imagined.

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