100 Biographies and Memoirs


The link below is to a listing of Amazon’s 100 biographies and memoirs to read in a lifetime.

For more visit:
http://www.amazon.com/100biographies

Ten Biographies of Christian Men


The link below is to a listing of ten biographies of Christian men.

For more visit:
http://headhearthand.org/blog/2014/04/22/top-10-biographies-of-christian-men/

Be sure to look down towards the comments for further biographies of men.

Ten Biographies of Christian Women


The link below is to a listing of ten biographies of Christian women.

For more visit:
http://headhearthand.org/blog/2014/04/24/top-10-biographies-of-christian-women/

Be sure to look down towards the comments for further biographies of women.

Biografias: Spanish Sculpture – Translated Biographies


The links below are to articles on a sculpture by Spanish artist Alicia Martin called ‘Biografias,’ which means Biographies when translated into English. Interested to hear what you think.

For more visit:
http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/alicia-martin-biografias
http://www.neatorama.com/2012/03/18/when-a-library-vomits-books/

Edmund Barton, by John Reynolds


Yes, I have finally managed to put up another post on this Blog – been quite a while I know. I apologise for that – been very busy with other pursuits.

Today’s book review is on ‘Edmund Barton,’ by John Reynolds. This book is the first in a series on Australia’s Prime Ministers by Bookman Press. The Bookman Press series sought to re-publish the best biographies on each of the Australian Prime Ministers to coincide with the centenary of Australian Federation. ‘Edmund Barton,’ by John Reynolds, was first published in 1948.

This book, though about Edmund Barton, is also a good introduction to the process of Australia becoming a federation of colonies to form the modern day nation of Australia. A biography of Barton must be a study of the beginning of Federation as Barton was probably one of the most important players in bringing Federation to pass, which also meant the creation of Australia as one nation. It is a fascinating introduction to just how a modern Australia was born from the federation of the various colonies that were then situated on the Australian mainland and in Tasmania.

As far as reading goes, I found the book to contain much that interested me, as I have not read or studied a lot on the federation of Australia and the process by which it was achieved. For me this has been an important addition to my understanding of Australian history in an area in which my understanding was quite poor. Having said that, I do not think the book is necessarily an easy read, but requires discipline to keep at it.