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Relatively Famous
Relatively Famous | Roger Averill
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Michael and Majorie Madigan refuse to be interviewed by biographer Sinclair Hughes for his new book Inside the Lion's Den: The Literary Life of Gilbert Madigan. This is not surprising as Gilbert is Marjorie's ex- husband and Michael's mostly absent father. In Roger Averill's brilliantly conceived new novel, Relatively Famous, Gilbert Madigan is Australia's first Booker Prize winner, a feted and much lauded author that the U.K. and U.S. now likes to call their own. Michael cannot escape his father's life and work, and at times his own life seems swallowed by it. His father's success is a source of undeniable pleasure but also of great turmoil. How does one live in the shadow of a famous relative who we never seem to be able to live up to? In a world increasingly obsessed with fame and celebrity, this engrossing novel subtly explores notions of success , masculinity, betrayal and loss, and ultimately what it might mean to live a good life.
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Jeg
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This book was on list of books TBR but I‘m not sure why, however it was a really good read. The 4th book I‘ve read recently that had one chapter in the past, next in the present. This was cleverly done. Another Aussie book for me this year. @MrsMalaprop

MrsMalaprop It was great wasn‘t it? You might have heard of it through me & I heard of it through @Rissreads who I think got a copy from @CarolynM 😆. #ozfiction 2mo
CarolynM @MrsMalaprop I loved this book and I'm delighted to have spread the word about it.🙂 2mo
Jeg @MrsMalaprop I thought that after I read the other reviews and saw yours . We have so many good Aussie authors. I need to start writing a little reminder beside the books I write down . 2mo
Rissreads Yep, I loved this book! 💙 2mo
Rissreads @Jeg @MrsMalaprop @CarolynM Yes I feel like at the moment that we are so lucky with what's being written by and about Australians. There is just so much out to there that I haven't read or even heard of yet, waiting to be discovered. I can't wait to see what people think of books like The lucky galah and Lambs of god. 2mo
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JennyM
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A beautifully written piece about a famous author and his largely-absent relationship with his son. I‘m feeling quite reflective after finishing it, and also a little sad.

MicheleinPhilly Had not heard of it before. Sounds wonderful! 2mo
cathipink Interesting! I feel like you usually read stories based on the inverse perspective (child writing about parent). I'm going to check this out! 2mo
CarolynM Glad you liked it. There's a lot to think about. I was fascinated by how oblivious the biographer was to the fact that he was writing about more lives than just that of his subject. 2mo
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JennyM @MicheleinPhilly @cathipink it‘s a really great read. @CarolynM recommended it (thank you - I loved it), and we both agree it deserves more attention. If it were published by a larger Australian publishing house, I think you‘d have seen this much more. 2mo
Rissreads I'm glad you liked it, I loved it and it was one of my favourites last year. 💜 2mo
JennyM @Rissreads just another piece of great #OzFiction 😘 2mo
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JennyM
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It‘s Sunday afternoon in my part of the world, and I‘m settling down for an hour or so (🤞) with this one.

CarolynM I loved this one. Looking forward to seeing your review. 2mo
JennyM @CarolynM I have gobbled the first half up - it‘s excellent. Thanks for the recommendation! 😘 2mo
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It never gets old seeing my name in Shelf Awareness Pro. 😁 Anyone who wants more info on submitting books, feel free to hit me up. Quick note, authors cannot submit their own works, we don‘t currently accept self-pubbed books, genre fiction is fine if it crosses over with literary fiction, and all books must be easily acquired through all the usual distribution sources.

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TrishB
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A book about life, parenting, relationships and how we all bugger it up sometimes. Though some more than others. I really enjoyed this and the reflections on relationships felt very real.
Thanks Carolyn- I‘ll try and spread the word further!

CarolynM So glad you enjoyed it. I found it a lot more successful in exploring its themes, and a lot more satisfying, than I have found many other novels that get plenty of attention and win awards. I really didn't want it to sink without trace! 6mo
TrishB @CarolynM so true, if word doesn‘t get out there it must be very frustrating for the author! 6mo
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Lunchtime read with some vege sushi today 😁 Enjoying this book @CarolynM 💕

GenreMinxReviews Sushi & a book sounds perfect! Except now I want some 🍣! 😂 7mo
Cathythoughts Everything looks good 👍🏻♥️ 7mo
AJBowers Yum!!! Best lunch 7mo
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Caroline2 Oh that veggie sushi looks yummy 🤤 7mo
TrishB @TheGenreMinxBookReviews @Cathythoughts @AJBowers @Caroline2 first time I‘ve had this one from Sainsbury‘s- it was lovely! 7mo
Caroline2 Oh Sainsbury‘s eh! I‘ll have to check it out! 😀 7mo
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TrishB
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Carolyn how quick was that 😁😁 thank you so much 😘Can‘t wait to read and the bookmark matches which is obviously very important.
Love my Litsy bookmail ❤️

CarolynM Amazing! I didn't send it from my usual post office. That shouldn't make a difference, but I wonder? Anyway, I'm glad you've got it and I hope you like it. 7mo
TrishB @CarolynM I may give it a go next! 7mo
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MrsMalaprop
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Told from the perspective of Michael, son of a famous author and absent father Gil. Each chapter of the novel is paired with an extract from a ‘biography‘ about Gil, which was an interesting and effective technique.

Understated yet totally engrossing. A novel about fathers and sons; families and parenting; separations and fame; how we move through life, trying to figure it all out as we go...

I loved it. #ozfiction 🇦🇺

CarolynM So glad you loved it too. ❤️ 7mo
Freespirit Sounds like a must read! 7mo
Asktheletters I really enjoyed it as well! 7mo
Rissreads I loved it!!!!!!!!!! 💚 7mo
Jeg Now I love it too. 😍 2mo
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MrsMalaprop
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Really enjoying this book so far. #currentlyreading #ozfiction

CarolynM I'm really glad to see you reading this. I loved it but I've not seen it promoted anywhere. I think it deserves more attention. Hope you go on enjoying it. 7mo
Jeg How true. 7mo
TrishB Stacked 👍🏻 @CarolynM there are no reviews on amazonuk on this at all! 7mo
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CarolynM @TrishB It comes from a small publisher whose list is eclectic in the extreme. A lot of it is VERY non commercial but in amongst it are some real gems. Unfortunately I don't think they have much of a promotional budget. 7mo
CarolynM @TrishB I just looked at the price of this on Amazon UK and had a slight heart attack. Email me your address and I'll send you a copy. The address is munchenberg at on the dot net dot au (edited) 7mo
TrishB @CarolynM thank you so much 😘 this is why it‘s so difficult to get indie books published in another country 😔 7mo
MrsMalaprop @CarolynM I bought it the other day with @Rissreads ! So all thanks to you 🙏. 7mo
TrishB @CarolynM done 😘 7mo
Rissreads I‘m glad you are enjoying it, this book really affected me. I loved it! 7mo
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MrsMalaprop
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A spot of #bookretailtherapy and cake with fellow bibliophile @Rissreads was just what the doctor ordered today 📚🍰💕.

Libby1 Perfection. 7mo
Hooked_on_books That cake! 🤤 7mo
Rissreads That cake was divine! 🍰💜 7mo
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JennyM Sounds good! Hope you‘re doing ok. Thinking of you xx 7mo
CarolynM Perfect! ❤️ 7mo
Mdargusch I could stare at this photo all day long. 7mo
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Rissreads
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I LOVED this book, it is one of my favourites for 2018! And to think I read it right at the end!
This book touched me as some of the themes are present in my own life at the moment regarding separation. It also deals with relationships between parents and children. The hardest job in the world!
I enjoyed the way it swapped between the sons thoughts about his father and the written bio of the same man. Thanks for the gift @CarolynM 😊💙
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CarolynM I'm so pleased you liked it. I think it is terrific. I can't understand why it has had so little attention. 8mo
CarolynM That's great @MrsMalaprop 👍 I'm trying hard to spread the word on this one.🙂 8mo
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CarolynM
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What does a biographer owe to the family of his/her subject? How do you deal with having aspects of your life analysed and made public because you are the child of a person worthy of biography? How do you reconcile the public view of the worth of your father when he has chosen to be largely absent from your life? I really enjoyed the way the author explored these questions. The fact that the setting is Melbourne's inner north didn't hurt.

CouronneDhiver Stacked - thank you! 😄 1y
Cathythoughts Excellent review 😊👍🏻 1y
JennyM Sounds great x 1y
Cinfhen Cool concept, great review 1y
CarolynM @CouronneDhiver Hope you enjoy it if you get around to reading it. 1y
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Cathythoughts What a gorgeous picture 💕💕💕 1y
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CarolynM
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Not just Melbourne, I think

Ruthiella I think this is a worldwide 🌎 affliction now! ☕️ 1y
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Asktheletters
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I love this time of year - the weather is cool and the sky stretches huge and blue. I picked up “Relatively Famous” on a whim and at a little over halfway through, am really enjoying it. It‘s a quiet novel about parents and children, and what it means to be present.

CarolynM I've just finished reading Relatively Famous. I enjoyed it very much, there was a lot to think about. How did you feel about it when you finished it? 1y
Asktheletters I felt that it was slightly less compelling in the last quarter, but overall I really enjoyed it. I loved the faux biographical extracts at the start of each chapter, and the contrast between that reconstructed “fictional reality” and the lived (fictional) experience of the protagonist. It didn‘t hurt that I‘m a complete sucker for novels that interweave fiction with Australian art / literary history 😊 1y
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CarolynM
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#AprilBookishMadness #PinkCover
A new release about the relationship between a famous writer and his son. I'm looking forward to getting into this one.