'Susanne Gervay has written another cracker. Her prose is tight, funny and engaging. Written in the present tense, the story has an immediacy that transports the reader right into the room with Jack. Gervay has a track record for tackling some difficult subject matters. This time around she delves into cancer, blended families and the Vietnam War. She does so, however with alacrity and sensitivity, drawing the reader in to Jack's internal world, to experience his emotional ups and downs with him.
The book deals with loss, death, ageing, fears, friendship, community and hope. It is about pulling together and resilience in the face of doubt. Susanne writes about ordinary life with humour and a freshness that makes this book a delight to read.'
Carole Pousite, MAGPIES Vol 25.
There were so many things I loved about Susanne Gervay's new book, Always Jack.
Kids Books Capers
Beautiful, sad, funny – Always Jack will make you laugh and make you cry. Guaranteed.
I am a great fan of Susanne Gervay's books ... I love them because they're wonderful stories that grab the reader from the first page.
Book Chook, Susan Stephenson
Excellent Banana Cake
125g soft butter
Don't melt it.
How to Make the Cake
- Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy
- Beat in eggs a bit at a time into the sugary creamy butter
- Stir in half the flour, bi-carb soda and mashed bananas
- Fold in the rest of the flour, bi-carb and milk, making it smooth
- Spoon mixture into a greased 20cm x 10cm loaf tin or 20cm round cake tin.
Cook Banana Cake
- Bake at 180 C for about 40 minutes, or until cooked
- Cool cake for 5 minutes in tin before turning out.
Jack's Job - Eat Banana Cake
Have a slice, and then another slice and share around.