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Bruny
Bruny | Heather Rose
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The brilliant and explosive new novel from the author of the award-winning The Museum of Modern Love.
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Petelord
Bruny | Heather Rose
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I enjoyed this book. I did feel it would have been better with a solid edit but saying this i loved the intrigue which developed. Leading to a solid ending 👍

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thereflectiveflaneur
Bruny | Heather Rose
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This one got mixed reviews with the inevitable comparisons to her last work. This one is so different but Rose is a great writer!

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Victoria_Clyne
Bruny | Heather Rose
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Astrid returns home to Tasmania from her work at the UN in conflict resolution to help her brother resolve the conflict between the government and protesters over a new bridge.

I love the way Heather Rose writes, the way she describes people, landscapes, relationships. To begin with I was captivated by the story and characters but it took a turn that was too far for me. Despite that this is still a great read and I was invested in the characters.

CarolynM That's pretty much what I thought too. The last 100 pages were disappointing. 1y
Victoria_Clyne @CarolynM Couldn't agree more. I liked the ending but the twist was just too unrealistic for me and I'm pretty good at suspending belief in reality. 1y
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JeffyRoo
Bruny | Heather Rose
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This sucked me in immediately and didn't let go. Family, community, conspiracy, politics and beauty. So well written and engaging.

Quote from the last chapter 'Your heart is with you your whole life.'

Great book for any Australian, and an opening into our country for everyone else. Tasmania is truly an amazing place.

CarolynM I enjoyed it too, although I thought it started a lot stronger than if ended. 2y
JeffyRoo @CarolynM I can see that. I'm a sucker all the threads being tied off 🙂 2y
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CarolynM
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This is so different from The Museum of Modern Love it is hard to believe it was written by the same person. Here we have a dysfunctional family as the protagonists in a political thriller of sorts told by an author who is not pulling any punches in her view of the state of the world. The first 300 pages were thoroughly enjoyable, the last 100 less so - less believable, a bit rushed and I could have done without the romance. #ozfiction

squirrelbrain Aw look at the totally zonked puss! 2y
LeeRHarry I wasn‘t keen on The Museum of Modern Love. I have this one and I‘m hoping I like it better. 2y
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CarolynM @squirrelbrain He's an old man cat, he sleeps heavily these days🙂 2y
CarolynM @LeeRHarry I didn't think this one was pretentious so that's an improvement 🙂. I'll be interested to see what you think. 2y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
LeahBergen Aww,, he‘s so sleepy. ❤️ 2y
rachelm Happy Litsyversary!! 2y
Jeg I can‘t wait to visit the island. 2y
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CarolynM
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Wow! Well said.

Graywacke Sounds like the side of the earth too, just change a few nouns and a name. 2y
CarolynM @Graywacke To be fair "seventies" she refers to really only applies to 3 years between 72 and 75 and free tertiary education was done done away with before Howard, but he undoubtedly made educational inequality worse and what she says about the fear is spot on. 2y
Jeg I was one of the lucky ones who got the free education. Spread over many years. 2y
Jeg I was one of the lucky ones who got the free education. Spread over many years. 2y
CarolynM @Jeg I just scraped in for free Uni - finished in 86. 2y
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CarolynM
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Palimpsest Yes! I‘ve had this conversation with my husband about how I care about all of these things, but it just sometimes feels overwhelming. This many things should not need to be fixed and it‘s incredibly pathetic and sad that they do. 2y
Sace Education alone is overwhelming. 2y
britt_brooke 💯 2y
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OrangeMooseReads Absolutely 2y
SamAnne Sigh. Yes. 2y
batsy Yup. I felt like I had a twitter breakdown yesterday because I was sharing so many stories that were just wrong, and I didn't know how many levels of angry and helpless I could be. 2y
Jeg And with this pandemic the cracks over there are really really obvious to the world. Thank goodness my parents decided to move from there to here, Perth, I am forever grateful. 2y
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MrsMalaprop
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Mehso-so

I‘m jumping on the “so-so” bandwagon with this bookclub read. I really liked her previous novel The Museum of Modern Love, but Bruny bore no resemblance as far as I could see.

Some interesting and very contemporary issues were explored, along with politics & some romance. It felt hastily thrown together.

The main character Astrid was reasonably well-drawn & the book made me really want to visit Tasmania.
#ozfiction #bookclub #booknlunch

Caroline2 Corrrrr, that‘s a yummy looking lunch there!!! 😋 2y
Teresereading I enjoyed it. I can see Dennes Point from my kitchen window and I work in the Executive Building so reading it was unique feeling. I did wonder how non-Taswegians would feel about the storyline because it‘s very place-specific and there are in-jokes (eg who the politicians are based on). Yes you must visit and include a few days on Bruny, it‘s so beautiful. 2y
MrsMalaprop @Tereses It‘s always great to read something set in your town. Definitely will get there one day 😊. 2y
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Jeg
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Our last read for book club this year. I‘m looking forward to the discussion tonight.
A book I read earlier in the year inspired me to join a political party. Parts of this one made me feel like jumping off a cliff.
Luckily it had the sort of ending I like .
Writing this must have been very therapeutic for her . Seemed to me she got a lot “ off her chest” .
Wonder if it will do as well as her other prize winning book. @MrsMalaprop

MrsMalaprop Just finished it, in the nick of time! See you there tonight 😊. 2y
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MrsMalaprop
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I have a million things to do today, but hey....priorities 📖☕️🌞🙏.
#ozfiction #hammockreading #currentlyreading

britt_brooke So perfect. Enjoy! 3y
Hooked_on_books Love this pic—pure bliss! 3y
Tamra Idyllic 3y
Rissreads Um....mar! 🤣🤣🤣 3y
Andrew65 This looks great! 3y
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MrsMalaprop
Bruny | Heather Rose
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Making a start on this #ozfiction chosen for our final 2019 book club read. #currentlyreading

Andrew65 This book looks interesting. 3y
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Abailliekaras
Bruny | Heather Rose
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Our new episode of Books On The Go is up! 🎧

@mr_annie and I were thrilled to chat with Heather Rose about her new novel ‘Bruny‘. 🤩

Heather is best known for ‘The Museum of Modern Love‘ - it won multiple awards incl the 2017 Stella Prize. (SO much love for that book! 🥰).

‘Bruny‘ is a political satire set in Tasmania. A fun & thought-provoking mix of family drama, dystopia and spy thriller.
Have you read it? Love to hear your thoughts.

Freespirit I haven't read it. I loved The Museum of Modern Love. This will be a must read for me! 3y
MrsMalaprop Just about to start for this month‘s book club 😊. 3y
Abailliekaras @freespirit so did I! 🥰 this one is very different (a smart choice I think). 3y
Abailliekaras @mrsmalaprop let me know what you think! 3y
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keepingupwiththepenguins
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Bruny isn't a straight political thriller, in that it doesn't follow the formula of a hard-boiled detective chasing up clues and red herrings, but it‘s not a highbrow literary offering either. It sits where the political and the personal intersect, and meditates mostly on the wheeling and dealing of politics, the complexity of modern life. Rose leaves no stone unturned. An extended review for subscribers at http://www.keepingupwiththepenguins.com

CarolynM On my list🙂 3y
keepingupwiththepenguins @CarolynM Fantastic - enjoy! 😍 3y
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Abailliekaras
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Set in near future. Astrid (Ace) is a UN negotiator who returns to Tasmania to help her brother (the premier) manage problems with a new bridge to Bruny Island. Evokes the beauty & isolation of Tasmania & its people. I found the bridge politics & protest groups clunky (info dumps) & far-fetched. The China storyline was troubling (but picks up on lots of current issues). A good thought experiment & fun read, but I didn‘t care what happened.

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CarolynM
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Today's #bookhaul includes some exciting new #ozfiction

LeahBergen Nice! 3y
Freespirit Looks good! 3y
LeeRHarry Favel Parrett 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3y
Jeg I want to read Bruny. 3y
MrsMalaprop Some great titles there 👏. Bruny has just been chosen for our book club read this month. 3y
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