The Authors Bookshelf – Elizabeth Jane Corbett @lizziejane

Welcome back to The Bookshelf. Each week I feature an author or book blogger and talk about their bookshelf with them. It’s a light-hearted, book focused, Q&A.

Elizabeth Jane Corbett is a winner of the esteemed Bristol Short Story prize (whoop whoop), in case you missed it I live in Bristol so I love this prize rather a lot especially as it’s open to international writers! Even better Elizabeth llives in Melbourne and teaches Welsh…how cool? Her debut novel The Tides Between was published in 2017. Here is her bookshelf…

What was the first book you remember having on your bookshelf?

As a tiny girl, I had My Brimful Book – an anthology of stories, nursery rhymes and animal stories. I also loved Richard Scary’s, What do People do all Day. We left lots of books behind when we emigrated to Australia. But I still have My Brimful Book on my bookshelf.

What was the most recent book you added to the bookshelf?

I am a librarian, so not traditionally a huge buyer of novels. However, I am beginning to acquire an impressive eBook collection. I recently added Bernard Cornwell’s, Harlequin, to my digital library. I do however buy most of my research books as I like to underline and write in the margins and the library doesn’t take kindly to this practice. I most recently acquired Gillian Polack’s, Unlocking the Middle Ages.

Which book have you most recently read from your bookshelf?

I recently read Bernard Cornwell’s Fools and Mortals. I am currently reading Rosemary Sutcliff’s, Sword at Sunset as someone told me it was ‘better’ than Cornwell’s Warlord Chronicles. So far, I am not convinced. But I will persist. On the research front, I am re-reading Rees Davies, Lordship and Society in the March of Wales.


Which 5 books from last year would you not let go of from your bookshelf?

Bernard Cornwell’s Warlord Chronicles were masterful. I loved his pithy characterization and dialogue (I know a trilogy but let’s count it as one book). Sulari Gentill’s, Rowland Sinclair mysteries were likewise a delight (ditto, the one book thing). I also enjoyed Alison Goodman’s Lady Helen and the Dark Days Pact. Kate Forsyth’s Beauty in Thorns and Lucy Treloar’s, Salt Creek.

Which books are you most looking forward to adding to your bookshelf?

I will add the English language edition of Gruffudd Aled William’s, Dyddiau Olaf Owain Glyn Dŵr, to my bookshelf next time I am in Wales. I believe the next Lady Helen book will also come out this year. I am also looking forward to Kate Forsyth’s next fairy tale inspired novel.

What was the most recent addition to your writers bookshelf?

Bird by Bird is my all-time favourite writing book. I read it annually. I will no doubt do so again this year. I will also dip in and out of Burroway’s, Writing Fiction.

Which of your own books are you most proud of adding to the bookshelf?

I have only had one book published: The Tides Between – my debut novel, my first work of fiction since a truly deplorable short story written in year eleven. I am immensely proud of it. But I believe, for a writer, the best book is always the book yet to come…

Which book on your bookshelf do you most wish you had written?

I adored Edith Pargetter’s Heaven Tree trilogy. I’d have been proud to have written those books. Sharon K Penman’s, Here be Dragon’s trilogy has also stood the test of time. Lucy Treloar’s, Salt Creek is destined to be an Aussie classic. I can’t imagine anyone who wouldn’t be proud to have written that book.

Is there a WIP we can look forward to adding to our bookshelves?

My current work in progress, Stone Promises, is a novel written from the point-of-view of Owain Glyn Dŵr’s wife, Marred. She ended her days in the Tower of London, yet in Wales, she scarcely known. In a way, this is not uncommon. Men’s stories have often dominated history. I’m enjoying inhabiting her unique, feminine perspective. Who knows, maybe she was in fact the nation’s true heroine?


Can you share a picture of your bookshelf / favourite bookshelf?

Elizabeth Jane Corbett’s Bookshelf

She fancied herself part of a timeless chain, without beginning or end, linked only by the silver strong words of its tellers.

In the year 1841, on the eve of her departure from London, Bridie Stewart’s mother demands she forget her dead father and prepare for a sensible, adult life in Port Phillip. Desperate to save her precious childhood memories, fifteen-year-old Bridie is determined to smuggle a notebook filled with her father’s fairy-tales to the far side of the world.

When Rhys Bevan, a soft-voiced young storyteller and fellow traveller realises Bridie is hiding something, a magical friendship is born. But Rhys has his own secrets and the words written in Bridie’s notebook carry a dark, double meaning.

As they inch towards their destination, Rhys’s past returns to haunt him. Bridie grapples with the implications of her dad’s final message. The pair take refuge in fairy tales, little expecting the trouble it will cause.


About Elizabeth Jane Corbett

When Elizabeth Jane Corbett isn’t writing, she works as a librarian, teaches Welsh at the Melbourne Welsh Church, contributes articles to the Historical Novel Review and blogs at In 2009, her short-story, Beyond the Blackout Curtain, won the Bristol Short Story Prize. Another, Silent Night, was short listed for the Allan Marshall Short Story Award. Her debut historical novel, The Tides Between, was published by Odyssey Books in 2017. Elizabeth lives with her husband, in a renovated timber cottage in Melbourne’s inner-north. She likes red shoes, dark chocolate, commuter cycling, and reading quirky, character driven novels set once-upon-a-time in lands far away.

The Bookshelf


Elizabeth thank you so much for taking part and I wish you all the very best with your books.

Taking Part in The Bookshelf
I’ve currently put a pause on taking new applications for The Bookshelf. I recently put a call-out for participants on Facebook and am currently booked up into July so want to get through most of these lovely people before I open the floodgates again. If you already have a form to return to me, feel free to do so, just be aware there is a quite a wait for spots right now.

Week in Review – 21 January 2018

I know I mentioned last week that my mental health is having a bit of a wobble at the moment, I’ve reached a point now where I’m really not well at all. I’m really close to tipping into a full manic episode so I may need to just take a break from blogging for a short while. I’ve already cut back on social media and popping in on you guys, apologies guys. I’ve got posts scheduled to a certain point so if I do drop off you may not notice it straight away. I’m playing it by ear right now, and doing everything I need to, to take care of myself…especially in light of my next piece of news…

So one of the things I have had to keep tightlipped about recently, my volunteering job at the mental health charity has been converted into a paid role. I’ve been going through the process of applying for it formally and interviewing and I have now been offered the job and will start tomorrow. It’s only 10 hrs per week so I will still have plenty of time for the freelance work I have, and the blog and my writing but I’m really looking forward to getting more involved with their digital marketing.

I’ve had an interesting invitation this week which I decided to accept. I was asked to be one of the reader judges for the Your Laugh Line awards. I thought it was a fab opportunity to read some humorous books, a genre I really don’t dip into enough.

Your Laugh Line

The contest has two components. One is a Reader’s Choice Award. Readers can log onto and enter the author and book of their choice. The author who receives the most reader votes will win $250 and an assortment of promotional help from Your Laugh Line.

The other component is an adjudicated contest for books submitted by authors and/or their publishers.  The form is available at  The cost to enter the competition is $20 per book. Those books will be judged by a panel of expert book reviewers. The winning author will receive $500, plus an assortment of promotional help from Your Laugh Line.

Authors can enter the competition between February 1st and April 30th.  Reader’s Choice voting runs from February 2nd to August 15th.  Books making it past the first round will be announced on July 1, second round list on August 1, and the final winner on September 1. Honorable mentions will be made for category-specific books.

So, there you have it…if you’re interested in entering your book you definitely should and if you’re interested in judging you should definitely get in touch with them, I’m sure they would appreciate it!

Right, here are this week’s book updates:

TBR Topple Winner

To Journey In The Year Of The Tiger - H. Leighton DicksonThe winner of the TBR Topple poll this month with 55% of the votes was To Journey in the Year of the Tiger by H. Leighton Dickson. I’m thrilled this book won, the last book of Dickson’s I read was incredible so I am looking forward to getting started on this one. Keep an eye open for the review next month, and a new poll in the early days of February.

Currently Reading

What I’ve Read

New Books

Bought / Freebies


Book Post



This week I have reviewed:

Five Star: The Tiger’s Ambush by Tate James and Pack Obsidian Gold by C.M. Stunich
Four Star: Impossible Promise by Sybil Bartel and Arcanum Unbounded by Brandon Sanderson.
Three Star: Prosecco Christmas by Sylvia Ashby

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