This is a difficult book. Excoriatingly allegorical
Looking forward to this one. It‘s always exciting reading the books of people you know.
I have some time between appointments tonight so I‘m making inroads into this book. It is useful and interesting. If you live in the UK you must read this. I recommended it for everyone. Australians, you should also read Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia.
This has been much lauded. I can see why people love it. I just didn‘t enjoy it on the same way I don‘t enjoy magic and sleight of hand. The premise is novel and the narrator the most unreliable of all narrators. Don‘t read it for whodunnit - it isn‘t the point. Unfortunately the point came too late for me. 3 stars
I keep reading how Elizabeth Harrower is a rediscovered literary genius. I've tried more than once to read her novels and hoped I'd have better luck with her short fiction. Nope, I just don't connect with it. Well written, absolutely, but strangely remote. I just can't engage. 3 stars
Utterly human and completely lacking in maudlin sentimentality. A masterly slow reveal of characters and concepts. An exploration of loss. Five stars. Book one in a challenge to read all of the Stella longlisted books.
Wonderful prose, masterly pacing - I don‘t want this to end.
I got 30 or so pages in and bailed. So many literary names dropped, so many quotations. Also when I encounter the word “flaneur” I translate it as “pretentious wanker”. Despite being ostensibly about literature and dogs (two passions of mine), this was not for me.
Read on two sittings and it gave me nightmares in between. I‘m going to have to process this a bit more. Also the most accurate description of the experience of medically induced ‘roid rage. I can see why it won the Finch Memoir Prize and am pleased it beat some of the others on the Stella Prize short list but still not convinced it should have won.
Starting this with a glass of wine while i wait for dinner. A happy find in a fun book shop this afternoon.
“Knit not stalk” is my new motto. Liane Moriarty rules the contemporary women‘s fiction genre.This was a well written, well paced and occasionally nuanced exploration of love in different forms and expressions. Everyone ends up happy in the end - it‘s part of the contract. 4 stars
I have attempted three times to read this novel set in Sydney at a time of huge change - the erection of the Sydney Opera House and Australia‘s early involvement In the Vietnam War. I havedecided to abandon it. I just cannot engage with the slow and circuitousnarrative. There is no real feeling of anticipation or fear or change. The most prominent emotion is confusion, followed by ennui. I need to move on. #aussieapril #aww2019
A devastating exploration of dissociative identity disorder. The magical realism works so well as a way of explaining Ada‘s mental illness and her struggle for synthesis. The prose is lyrical and beautiful. Tighter in the first half of the book and it could possibly have worked better as a novella, but an assured debut from Akwaeke Emezi. Also an entirely apposite read for Easter.
A neat and pretty satisfying thriller. Perhaps a one or two too many voices but I will forgive it for making me think about the ethics of drug development and testing, not least of which because I am dependent on MABs for my own quality of life. 4 stars
My companion running errands today is this new thriller from Australian author Susan Hurley. I haven‘t heard anything about it but it popped up in the newly acquired section of the library‘s RB Digital account so I thought I would give it a go. And it counts for #aussieapril and #aww2019. It has me in its thrall so far, 5 long chapters in
My grandmother had a saying. There were good days and there were old days, but there is no such thing as the good old days. Glover‘s premise is the same. He explores the period 1965 (year of my birth) to 1975. His Australia is similar to mine. We grew up in the same city, only a handful of suburbs apart. Our parents were aspirational (mine were loving and attentive) but I recognise in his hyperbole some truths about. It was a racist, sexist place.
Starting with book 2 of a series makes me a little twitchy but it was available on RBDigital from the library and I needed a palate cleanser. Such an enjoyable and satisfying police procedural. Val McDermid is so reliable. 4 stars.
I can not recommend this taut, devastating, entirely gripping book enough.
Dani is a teenager living on the streets with her friend Anton and he dog Sunny. They meet up with Steve an old acquaintance of Anton‘s and life gets a whole lot worse for them. What will an addict do for their next hit? What will one friend do for another?
THIS is how to write! No need to explain everything, you can be explicit without being didactic.
I broke two of my rules (no books where the title mentions wife, daughter or girl and no books whose covers feature women in frocks from the back). I broke them because I want to read more by local authors.
The setting, rural southern Tasmania, was the best part of this book. The characters are cliched and the twists well telegraphed and everything is explained. A lot.
“life is better with swearing”. Word, Billy. Another long driving weekend, this time for a family funeral. Taking my mind off the sad listening to The Big Yin‘s autobiography
Picking this up after a break due to being insanely occupied with work.
A walk down memory lane with this darkly funny cult classic. Listened to the audiobook on a drive with my husband. Still worth reading.
Book 9 of the #2019stellaprize longlist. Deliberately early to collect my husband from the bus so I can make a start on this