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Tirra Lirra by the River: A Novel | Jessica Anderson
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One of Australias most celebrated novels: one womans journey from Australia to London Nora Porteous, a witty, ambitious woman from Brisbane, returns to her childhood home at age seventy. Her life has taken her from a failed marriage in Sydney to freedom in London; she forged a modest career as a seamstress and lived with two dear friends through the happiest years of her adult life. At home, the neighborhood children she remembers have grown into compassionate adults. They help to nurse her back from pneumonia, and slowly let her in on the dark secrets of the neighborhood in the years that have lapsed. With grace and humor, Nora recounts her desire to escape, the way her marriage went wrong, the vanity that drove her to get a facelift, and one romantic sea voyage that has kept her afloat during her dark years. Her memory is imperfect, but the strength and resilience she shows over the years is nothing short of extraordinary. A book about the sweetness of escape, and the mix of pain and acceptance that comes with returning home. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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#PoetryMatters #song

The Lady of Shallot

From the bank and from the river
He flashed into the crystal mirror,
‘Tirra lirra ‘ by the river
Sang Sir Lancelot.

Reminded of this poem recently while reading the tagged book ✨✨✨✨✨

TrishB A wonderful poem 💜 2mo
TheSpineView 💜💜 2mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB love it 😍 2mo
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Cathythoughts @TheSpineView 👍🏻♥️♥️ 2mo
LeahBergen I love this poem 💕 2mo
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen it‘s brilliant 👍🏻✨ 2mo
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Tirra Lirra by the River | Jessica Andersen
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.. while the sun beat down & the she-oaks soughed, and I exchanged with Peter an occasional low remark, and the yabbie in the silent water drifted upwards to the suspended bait, I would experience the deep poignancy of a recapitulation of childhood sensations that one believes will be one‘s last “ Loved the beautiful writing & Nora‘s Story & her “ globe of memory “ ... & getting older myself I was very interested in her remembering. 👍🏻♥️

readordierachel Lovely quote ❤ 3mo
Cathythoughts @readordierachel yes ♥️ it‘s a very moving book. She uses language sparingly.. it took me awhile to realize why I couldn‘t read as quickly or as nonchalantly... lovely ♥️ 3mo
readordierachel As much as I love a good page-turner, sometimes it's so nice to savor a book like that 😀 3mo
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JennyM That‘s beautiful ♥️ 3mo
Cathythoughts @JennyM isn‘t it really beautiful 👍🏻♥️ 3mo
CarolynM I thought you would like this one and I'm so glad you did. 🙂😘 3mo
Cathythoughts @CarolynM yes ! One to remember 😘 3mo
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Started this one ... enjoying ♥️👍🏻 a lovely gift from @CarolynM

CarolynM Oh, that's lovely. I hope you go on enjoying it😘 3mo
Cathythoughts @CarolynM I will ♥️👍🏻 3mo
AntoinetteBuchanan Great book! 3mo
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Freespirit This sounds like one I need to read😀 3mo
Cathythoughts @AntoinetteBuchanan yes! Im finding it really good 👍🏻✨ 3mo
Cathythoughts @Freespirit 👍🏻👍🏻♥️ 3mo
chapter_fifty2017 This is one of my favorite books ever 🤩🤩🤩 3mo
chapter_fifty2017 I actually studied it as a very mature student taking English literature absolutely loved it 👌😍😏 3mo
Cathythoughts @chapter_fifty2017 it‘s brilliant! Just finished awhile ago ♥️ 3mo
chapter_fifty2017 Thanks Cathy When l saw it l just had to comment it made such an impression on me as l really related to her coming of age tale. Will have to reread it again 🤔🤩😍 3mo
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Thanks so much Carolyn! Both books look really good & Id never heard of either - so a lovely surprise... your very good 👍🏻♥️I‘ll drop you a line soon. X Cathy

Tanisha_A Happy birthday! 🥳🎂🎈♥️ 5mo
batsy Happy birthday, Cathy! Have a fabulous day ❤️🎂💐 5mo
Cathythoughts @Tanisha_A 👍🏻♥️thankyou 5mo
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Cathythoughts @batsy thankyou Suba !! Your very kind 👍🏻♥️ 5mo
Kaye Happy Birthday 🎂🎊🎉🎈🎁🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂 5mo
Cathythoughts @kaye thanks Julie 👍🏻♥️ 5mo
eraderneely Happy Birthday🎂🎉🎂 5mo
Cathythoughts @eraderneely thankyou 😀♥️ 5mo
Librarybelle Happy Birthday! 5mo
Cathythoughts @Librarybelle Thankyou 💕💕💕 5mo
MaureenMc Happy birthday! 🎈🎂 5mo
CarolynM Tirra Lirra is a modern classic, I loved it. Flowers is a new one, I haven't read it but I only hear good things and it's a beautiful cover. Hope you had a lovely day😘 5mo
Cathythoughts @MaureenMc Thankyou 😍👍🏻 5mo
Cathythoughts @CarolynM Thanks , I did have a lovely day . And thankyou again for such lovely surprises 😀😘 5mo
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#HeatOfJuly #URemindMe

In this wonderful short novel an elderly woman returns to her childhood home after a lifetime as an expat and the memories come flooding back. #ozfiction

JennyM I bet this one is emotional. 13mo
Cinfhen Sounds good!! 13mo
marianese I love the cover! 13mo
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Read/finished 10 books in January. These two rose above the rest. #bestofjanuary Please check out Tirra Lirra - an Australian Awakening, if I dare make that comparison!

Alfoster Cool! Have Himself in my queue! Yay❤! 3y
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Really enjoying this one! Is it weird that I get all melanchony and nostalgic thinking that this book has been around for almost my entire life and Im just now discovering it? I wonder what else is already out there just waiting for me . . . 🤔 #blameshawnmooney

shawnmooney Great! But Born a Crime is quite a new book, which I have yet to read, nor have I read or heard of the book in your photo, so I'm not sure what I'm being 'blamed' for. ❤ (edited) 3y
shawnmooney Oops, in fact I see that TirraLirra is in fact on my TBR! 😳 3y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @shawnmooney That was a whoops - meant to post Tirra Lirra! I fixed it! (And my TBR is all your fault ❤) 3y
shawnmooney Lol. I do remember posting about it now, and very much look forward to hearing your thoughts! 3y
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I loved the very Australian flavour of this novel. Nora faces such oppression, and yet manages to forge her way through to an escape of sorts, unlike some other women of her small neighbourhood where Nora returns at the end of her life, to be cared for and to recount her life story. This has been rereleased this year, so hopefully more people will get to enjoy Nora. #happybirthday Jessica Anderson (for the 25th!)

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A 2015 re-issue of a 1984 Australia novel I had never heard of. Sounds interesting.

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled This sounds really good!! 3y
Sue It is - I read this for uni many years ago now. Poignant. 3y
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A cup of tea, air conditioning, and THIS

ReadingEnvy I hadn't heard of this one; thanks for posting. Sounds good! 3y
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