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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.
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-dyeing.
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Reading List

Recent Books I have read

  • 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 (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 of 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 - adventures in Africa as a young man
  • Boy - Tales of Childhood - by Roald Dahl
  • 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 (letters back and forth to Guernsey following WW2)
  • Rabbits and Rosaries - a memoir by Glenys Yeoman (her life as a Nun and beyond)
  • War Horse - by Michael Morpurgo
  • 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
  • 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
  • The Runaway Quill - Anthology 2016 - by the South Side Quills
  • Barefoot - by Elin Hilderbrand (3 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 Robertso
    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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