March comfort reads | #StaffPicks

A Man Called Ove is one of the most funny and entertaining books I have read and re-read.


This book is a fascinating look into all that goes on behind the scenes of the Queen's wardrobe. It is filled with beautiful pictures of her outfits, and the close relationship she has with her dresser. Angela also tells the the story of how she came to work for the Queen. This book makes for a great read!


Meet Todd and Jeff, a forty-something couple from Sydney. After a weekend away in the Barossa with friends, they decide they'd like to do a "Maggie Beer" and buy a property in the Hunter Valley for the ultimate tree change. Eighteen months on, they find the perfect place, with its own vineyard and olive grove. The plan is simple; Todd will cook and Jeff will renovate. How hard can it be? There's just one problem...Todd and Jeff are city-folk and have absolutely no idea how to run a rural property! Cue comical high jinx involving local wildlife, disastrous D.I.Y projects and hilarious animal husbandry incidents. This is one of my favourite laugh-aloud reads!


Cold Comfort Farm is a hilarious account of the challenges faced by Flora Poste when she goes to stay with the dysfunctional Starkadder family at Cold Comfort Farm. 'The Jeeves and Wooster' stories by P.G. Wodehouse. The absurd adventures of Bertie Wooster and his indispensable manservant, Jeeves. I always enjoy 'The Code of the Woosters'. These light-hearted reads are classic English humour. Perfect escapism.


I have read Martin Boyd's 'Outbreak of Love' numerous times since I first discovered it nearly 40 years ago and it never fails to make me feel better. It was written in the 1950s but takes place in Melbourne just before the start of WWI. The setting is at once familiar and long gone, and Boyd had based the extended Langton family on his own equally extraordinary relatives.


Bruny is set a year or so into the future and is a page turning political thriller involving the small island of Bruny off the coast of Tasmania and the plans for this island