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Welcome to Life Images by Jill.........Stepping into the light and bringing together the images and stories of our world.
Through my blog I am
seeking to preserve images and memories of the beautiful world in which we live and the people in it. And in many ways it is my journal of everyday life. If you click on the Index you can see my posts under various topic headings.
I am a Freelance Journalist and Photographer based in Bunbury, Western Australia. My published work specialises in Western Australian travel articles and stories about inspiring everyday people. My passion is photography, writing, travel, wildflower and food photography.
Most recently I have been enjoying exploring other art genres, including Eco-printing with Australian leaves onto cloth and paper.
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Reading List

Recent Books I have read

  •  Poldark - Books 6 - The Four Swans - by Winston Graham. The continuing Cornwall saga - 1795-7. Demelza, Elizabeth, Caroline and Morwenna.
  • Lighthouse Girl - by Dianne Wolfer and illustrated by Brian Simmonds - a young girl living on Breaksea Island off Albany in Western Australia messages to troups leaving Albany on ships for WW1.
  • The Memories that Make Us - by Vanessa Carnevale - Set in country Victoria, Australia, when Gracie looses her memory in a car accident she retreats to her mother's flower farm to try and find herself. Heartwarming story with the question "do you make your memories or do your memories make you?"
  • We"ll Stand in That Place and other stories - Margaret River Short Story Competition 2019. Winners and selected short stories. 
  • The Zanzibar Wife - by Deborah Rodriguez - Rachel, an American ex war photographer takes an assignment in Oman for a travel magazine, and journeys with "fixer" Ariana Khan, a British Muslim, and Miza, the Zanzibar wife. 
  •  Nine Perfect Strangers - by Liane Moriarty. - Recommended to me by a family member, I am sorry to say I didn't enjoy this book about 9 strangers with different problems at a "health retreat" where they were treated with unconventional methods. I enjoyed the last few chapters "after" the retreat where the stories are all given conclusions. Sorry Liane Moriarty, but I wouldn't recommend this book.
  • Poldark, Book 5, The Black Moon - by Winston Graham - 194-95 Cornwall. The continuing saga of the Poldarks and Warleggans, and the lost love of Drake and Morwenna, whilst Ross rescues Dr Enys from a French prison.
  • The Clockmaker's Daughter - by Kate Morton. Another intriguing mystery novel from Kate Morton, told over multiple times and from the point of view of multiple characters, one of who is a ghost. What happened to Lily Millington and the Radcliffe Blue?
  • Poldark, Book 4, Warleggan - by Winston Graham -  Cornwall 1792-1793. Ross's fortune turns for the better with the discovery of a big tin load, whilst Elizabeth marries George Warleggan.
  • The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted - by Robert Hillman - set in rural eastern Australia in 1969, the lives of three people suffering from heartbreak come together - a farmer Tom Hope, abandoned by his first wife; Peter, the son of his wife; and Hannah Babel, a Jew who survived Auschwitz concentration camp but her young son and husband were killed. Hannah comes to town and opens a book shop.
  • Storm Boy - by Colin Thiele - The story of Storm Boy and the Pelican, Mr Percival on the Coorong, south coast, South Australia
  • Poldark, Book 3, Jeremy Poldark - by Winston Graham - 1790-1791, Cornwall
  • Poldark, Book 2, Demelza -  by Winston Graham - the continuing fortunes and misfortunes of Ross and Demelza 1788-1790 Cornwall.

  • The Little Teashop of Lost and Found - by Trisha Ashley. Alice, a foundling discovered on the Yorkshire Moors as a newborn baby, returns to Haworth in the hopes of discovering her parentage, and also to open an afternoon-tea-shop.  
  • Poldark Book 1, Ross - by Winston Graham - Set in Cornwall in the 1780's, a county of tin & copper mines, wreckers, gentry and poorer workers in the coastal villages. The changing fortunes of Ross and his cousin Francis Poldark and their families.
  • Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine - by Gail Honeyman. A debut novel. Eleanor is physically and mentally scarred by events during her childhood and struggles with social skills. Eleanor and Raymond, a guys she meets at her work place, help an elderly gentleman in the street. This is the beginning of Eleanor's recovery.
  • Sea Prayer - by Khaled Hosseini, and illustrated by Dan Williams - by the author of The Kite Runner, this beautiful picture book was inspired by the the story of 3-year-old Syrian refugee Alan Kurdi, who drowned in the Mediterranean Sea trying to reach the safety of Europe in September 2015. Dedicated to the thousands of refugees who have perished at sean fleeing war and persecution.
  • On Leopard Rock - by Wilbur Smith - A life of adventures - a memoir
  • Under Story - by Inga SImpson. A memoir - Inga pursues her writing life in a forest cottage in Queensland. Each chapter describes a tree in her forest, interwoven with her personal under story. 
  • A Fifty-year Silence - by Miranda Richmond Movillot. Miranda sets out to discover her grandparents story when they were forced to flee in World War 2, how they came to buy an old stonehouse in France, and why they divorced and never spoke to each other again.
  • I am Malala - By Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb. Malala was an advocate for education for girls in her home valley of Swat in Pakistan. She was shot by the Taliban and now lives in England, but continues the fight. Malala is the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.
  • Picnic in Provence (A Memoir with Recipes) - by Elizabeth Bard - New Yorker Elizabeth married a Frenchman and after living in Paris they, and their newborn son, move to the Provincial village, Cereste, and open an ice-cream shop.
  • The Lake House - by Kate Morton - Sadie Sparrow stumbles upon an abandoned house and the mystery surrounding a little boy who went missing in June 1933. 70 years before, on the Edevane family's Midsummer Eve party at their country home, Loeanneth in Cornwall.
  •  The Forgotten Garden - by Kate Morton - A story that spans a century from Brisbane in Australia to London and Cornwall in England. What is the true identity of Nell, and what is her connection to Ivory, Rose and Eliza (the Authoress)? Cassandra travels from Australia to unravel the mystery and discovers the secret of the Forgotten Garden.
  • Pompeii - A Roman Girl's Diary AD78-79 - by Sue Reid - for upper primary & lower high school readers.
  • Pigface and other stories -  Margaret River Short Story Competition Anthology 2018
  •  The Little Breton Bistro - Nina George - rescued by a passer-by when she throws herself into the Seine, Marianne travels to Kerdrue in Brittany where she discovers herself.
  • They Even Paid Me – John Wells – Compiled by Janet Wells. Memoirs of a third generation Kimberley cattleman.
  • Waiting for Rain - poems by Janet Wells - Station life in the West Kimberley 1970s-1980s.
  • Golden Earrings - by Belinda Alexandra - A story that takes us between the Spanish Civil War in the early 1900, and Paris in the 1970s. Ballet and Flamenco. Passions and betrayals.
  • The Almond Blossom Appreciation Society - Chris Stewart - Continuing story of their life in Spain.
  • A Parrot in the Pepper Tree - by Chris Stewart - Continuing story of their life in Spain.
  • Lioness - by Katherine ScholesA young girl, an Australian medical researcher, a Zulu field station worker, and a lioness and her clubs - and what happens when their worlds collide in Tanzania.
  • Driving Over Lemons - by Chris Stewart - memoir - At 17 Chris retired as the drummer of Genesis and became a sheep-shearer and travel writer, eventually buying a remote mountain farm with his wife in Andalucia, Spain.
  • Women of Letters - curated by Marieke Hardy & Michaela McGuire - Compiled from literary afternoons with some of Australia's finest dames of stage, screen & page.
  •  The Paperbark Shoe - by Goldie Goldbloom - A story of love and loss and the far-reaching repercussions of war, Set in the early 1940s in the Western Australian wheatbelt town of Wyalkatchem, two Italian POWs, Antonio and John come to work on the farm of Mr Toad, and his wife Gin Boyle, an albino, classically trained pianist, who are exiles in their own country.

  • Buz Feel Safe Feel Right Books for children by Steve Heron, with illustrations by Deb Prentice - The Land the Other Side of the Rainbow, Picked Last, Skimming Stones, The Magpie who wasn't a Chicken, The Ging, A Terrible Secret (www.buildupzone.com - SW Precision Print Busselton)
  •  The Zookeeper's Wife - by Diane Ackerman - the amazing story of Antonina & Jan Zabinski who smuggled Jews from the Warsaw ghetto and hid them in their zoo during WW2. 
  • Geogiana Molloy, The Mind That Shines - by Bernice Barry. A comprehensively researched biography about one of Australia's first female botanical collectors in the late 1830s, early 1840s, during the early days of south west Western Australian settlement. Boronia molloyae - Tall Boronia - was named after her.
  • The Photographer's Wife - by Suzanne Joinson - Prue takes us on a journey across the years between England and Jerusalem. 
  • Going Solo - by Roald Dahl - memoir - adventures in Africa as a young man
  • Boy - Tales of Childhood - by Roald Dahl - memoir
  • Short and Twisted 2017 - anthology edited by Kathryn Duncan
  • The Corfu Trilogy - by Gerald Durrell - Three classic tales of childhood on the island paradise of Corfu where Gerald's family lived for 5 years in the 1930s.- My Family and Other Animals, Birds, Beast and Relatives, The Garden of the Gods. 
  • The Dressmaker - by Rosalie Ham - set in a small Australian country town, the story centres around Tilly Dunnage, a bittersweet comedy about love, revenge and haute couture.
  • The Chocolate Tin - by Fiona McIntosh (a Chocolate Tin found on a dead soldier in France at the end of WW2, brings its finder to York)
  • Joiner Bay & Other Stories - Margaret River Short Story Competition 2017
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. Written in the form of letters back and forth to Guernsey following WW2 One of my all time favourite books. And I also highly recommend the movie.
  • Rabbits and Rosaries - a memoir by Glenys Yeoman (her life as a Nun and beyond)
  • War Horse - by Michael Morpurgo - The story of a young man and his horse separated on the battle front of Europe. 
  • Stories from Suburban Road - TAG Hungerford - Life as a boy & young man in suburban South Perth 1920-1939.
  • Straightshooter - TAG Hungerford - Collection of 3 books - Stories from Suburban Road (1920-1939), A Knockabout with a Slouch Hat (1942-1951), Red Rover All Over (1952-1986) 
  • My Family and Other Animals - by Gerald Durrell - memoir on Corfu
  • Stories from the Swinging 60s - Have a Go News, Concept Media, Western Australia
  • The Dalai Lama's Cat - by David Michie - A delightful story told in the voice of HHC, His Holiness's Cat, little Snow Lion, which gently imparts to the reader some of the Dalai Lama's teachings.
  • Why is Art Full of Naked People and other Vital Questions - by Susie Hodge - A children's book but lots of answers to those questions!
  • Girl with a Pearl Earring - by Tracey Chevalier  - The girl behind the Johannes Vermeer's 1665 painting.
  • Dropping In - by Geoff Havel - Teenage novel - skateboarding friends and a boy in a wheelchair.
  • The No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency - Tears of the Giraffe - by Alexander McCall Smith - Set in Africa 
  • The Runaway Quill - Anthology 2016 - by the South Side Quills
  • Barefoot - by Elin Hilderbrand - Three women escape to a seaside cottage for the summer.
  • The Newspaper of Claremont Street - by Elizabeth Jolley - A cleaning lady saves money for a better life.

    Books read for the 2016 Reading Challenge - completed October 2016

·    Brave New World - by Aldous Husley (a book which was banned at some point -
Published in 1932, and banned in Australia from 1932 to 1937)
·    My Brilliant Career - by Miles Franklin (a book published before I was born)
·    Sister Heart - by Sally Morgan (a book recommended by my local librarian)
·    Rebecca - by Daphne Du Maurier (a book I've already read at least once)
·    Travels with My Aunt - by Graham Greene (a book I previously abandoned)
·    Wild Cat Falling - by Colin Johnson (a book that intimidates you....I'm not necessarily saying it intimidated me, but it was an interesting read about a side of life that I am not familiar with)
·    The Old Man and the Sea - by Ernest Hemingway (a book you should have read at school - except that I did read it because it was a set novel - I read all the novels we had to read! I think re-reading it now I have a greater appreciation of this novel)
·    A Kiss from Mt Fitzgerald - by Natasha Lester (a book published this year 2016)
·    I am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced - by Nujood Ali with Delphine Minoui (a book I own but have never read...till now)
·    Still Alice - by Lisa Genova (a book you have been meaning to read)
·    Jonathon Livingston Seagull - by Richard Bach (a book that can be read in one day)
·    Daughter of the Territory - by Jacqueline Hammar (a historical novel)
·    In Love and War, Nursing Heroes - by Liz Byrski (a book chosen by you by your sibling)

      Other books read in 2016
   ·       Love, Life and Elephants - by Dame Daphine Sheldrick - David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
       A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar - by Suzanne Joinson 
   ·       The Long Hot Summer - by Mary Moody
·             Shibboleth and other stories - Margaret River Short Story Competition 2016
·             True North - The story of Mary & Elizabeth Durack - by Brenda Niall
·              Kimberley Warrior - The story of Jandamarra - by John Nicholson
·              Big Magic -  by Elizabeth GIlbert 
Wife on the Run - by Fiona Higgins

Pre 2016

In February 2016 by some quirk of blogging and computers and probably inattention on my part, I lost my reading list that I have accumulated over several years.
So in no particular order below is a "bit" of my list. I know there are more, and sadly I don't have the names of the books that were lent to me by friends to read.

The Little Paris Bookshop - by Nina George
Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes - by Eleanor Coerr
Lost Boy and Other Stories - Margaret River Short Story Competition 2015
Esio Trot - by Roald Dahl
War Horse - by Michael Morpurgo  
Pennies for Hitler - by Jackie French
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas - by John Boyne
Finding Jasper - by Lynne Leonhardt
To Kill of Mockingbird - by Harper Lee
Go Set a Watchman - by Harper Lee
Ellis Rowan - The Flower Hunter  -  by Christine & Michael Morton-Evans
Foreign Soil - by Maxine Beneba Clarke
The Light Between Oceans - by ML Stedman
Was it Something I Said - by Ros Thomas
Wild - by Cheryl Strayed
Reflections - by Jo Robertson 
Doing Good - by James McRobert
A Mother's Song - by Michael Finaghty
A Stranger in my Street - by Deborah Burrows
A Time of Secrets - by Deborah Burrows  
Now I See - Edited by Angela Blakston
The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho
Blackboards, Bubbles and Cappuccinos - by Ruth Tearle
The Hills of Tuscany - by Ferenc Mate
The Seamstress - by Geraldine Wooller
The Book Thief - by Markus Zusak
The Help - by Kathryn Stockett
Light Between Oceans - by ML Stedman
My Forbidden Face - by Latifa
Veiled Courage - by Cheryl Benard
Dear Mum - by Julia Morris
The Five Foot Road - by Nagus McDonald
Atonement - by Ian McEwan
Desert Dawn - by Waris Dirie
Maalika - by Valerie Browning
Mama Jude - by Judy Steele with Michael Sexton 
Red Dog - by Louis deBernieres
White Coolies - by Betty Jeffrey
A Year in the Merd - by Stephen Clarke
Other Voices - short stories from the Peter Cowan Writers' Centre
Best Foot Forward - Edited by Lee Atkinsona and Lee Mylne
The Trouble with Flying and Other Stories - Margaret River Short Story Competition 2014
Knitting and Other Stories - Margaret River Short Story Competition 2013
Things that Are Found in Trees and other stories - Margaret River Short Story Competition 2012
The No 1 Ladies' detective Agency - by Alexander McCall Smith
Whatever You Do Don't Run - by Peter Allison
Territory - by Judy Nunn
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel - Deborah Moggach
Salvation Creek - by Susan Duncan
The House at Salvation Creek - by Susan Duncan
The Briny Cafe - by Susan Duncan
Gone Fishing - by Susan Duncan
Cloud Street - by Tim Winton
The Albanian - by Donna Mazza
Travel Etcetera - by Stephen Scoufield
Number Two Home - by Noreen Jones
Left Bank Waltz - by Elaine Lewis
Left Bank - by Kate Muir
Slow Journey South - by Paula Constant
Sinning Across Spain - by Ailsa Piper
Honeymoon In Purdah - by Alison Wearing
Eat Pray Love - by Elizabth Gilbert
Africa - by Sorrel Wilby
Seven Years in Tibet - by Heinrich Harrer
A Promise to Nadia - by Zana Muhsen
The Rabbit Proof Fence - by Doris Pilkinton / Nugi Garimara
Wine and War - by Don & Petie Kladstrup
My Other World - by Margaret Whitlam
Under the Tuscan Sun - by Francis Mayes
Encore Provence - by Peter Mayle
The Lavender Keeper - by Fiona McIntosh
I'm Over All That - by Shirley MacLaine
Travelling Tales - by Charles Wooley
Outback Heroines - by Sue Williams
Women of the Outback - by Sue Williams
Sheer Bottled Bliss - by Ian Parmenter
Elephant Dance - by Tammie Matson
Dry Water - by Tammie Matson
Unaccountable Hours - by Stephen Scourfield

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