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AntoinetteBuchanan

AntoinetteBuchanan

Joined January 2019

🇦🇺Book pusher by profession. Appreciator of literary fiction (by Australian women, in particular) by avocation.
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Common People by Tony Birch
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The Swan Book | Alexis Wright
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This is a difficult book. Excoriatingly allegorical

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Bodies of Men | Nigel Featherstone
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Looking forward to this one. It‘s always exciting reading the books of people you know.

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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.

MrsMalaprop Agreed 🙌. Both must-reads IMO 👏. 1w
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Mehso-so

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

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Just starting The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle on this evening‘s commute. It‘s had mixed reviews so we will see if I finish it. #books #reading #audiobooks #bookstagram #libraries

Rissreads I loved it! I thought it was very clever. (edited) 2w
AntoinetteBuchanan Good to know. I‘m hoping for a Life After Life experience rather than a Time Traveller‘s Wife experience 2w
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Fight Like A Girl | Clementine Ford
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Something fabulous to listen to waiting to set up for an afternoon celebrating the 3 years of my grandson‘s life.

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All the Good Things | Clare Fisher
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Devastating. Achingly good read. Not the wisest choice to read on Mother‘s Day.

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All the Good Things | Clare Fisher
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Listening to this today as I run errands. So engaging.

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Mehso-so

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

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Between a Wolf and a Dog | Georgia Blain
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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.

CarolynM That's quite a challenge! Also, I'm still angry this didn't win. The Museum of Modern Love was good, but nowhere near as good as this. 2w
AntoinetteBuchanan Agree! I enjoyed Museum of Modern Love but this was of a different order altogether. 2w
AntoinetteBuchanan @CarolynM it is a bit of a challenge but we are doing one a month and I‘ve read a few already 2w
Rissreads I adored this book too! 💚 2w
AntoinetteBuchanan @Rissreads seems it was universally loved 2w
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Between a Wolf and a Dog | Georgia Blain
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Wonderful prose, masterly pacing - I don‘t want this to end.

LeeRHarry Loved this one! 💕 2w
MrsMalaprop This was just....wonderful 😢❤️. 2w
AntoinetteBuchanan Preparing my hankies now! @LeeRHarry and @MrsMalaprop (edited) 2w
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CarolynM Another fan here. A brilliant book. (edited) 2w
CarolynM Yep, left me lost for words too 2w
MrsMalaprop I know right? Such a beautiful book. And at the risk of causing further upset, do you know about the parallels with Blain‘s life? I recently bought another of hers 2w
AntoinetteBuchanan @MrsMalaprop I do. I read her posthumously published memoir. I read enjoyed her earlier work, but this is a masterpiece and yes the parallels. Heartbreaking 2w
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Hunter | Jack Heath
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So twisted and Jack Heath is such a lovely man, too

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Lanny: A Novel | Max Porter
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So important to match your book with your knitting #yarn #knitting #books #reading #bookstagram

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The Friend | Sigrid Nunez
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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.

readingjedi 🤣 Love that translation 🤣 3w
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The Erratics | Vicki Laveau-Harvie
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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.

readordierachel Sounds intense! 3w
AntoinetteBuchanan It really was. 3w
Joanne1 Im still waiting on the library list for this one. I‘ve read a number from the Stella long list. Some I wonder how they got there at all. I‘m curious to know who you think should have won? 3w
AntoinetteBuchanan Too Much Lip was my pick. This was the best of the memoirs, though. 3w
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The Erratics | Vicki Laveau-Harvie
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Perfect Saturday morning. Husband snoring in bed with the dogs, a big pot of decaf, favourite cup and this beautiful autumn light.

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The Erratics | Vicki Laveau-Harvie
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“I blame the landscape, pining like a suitorless spinster for the snow...” I‘m going to enjoy this!

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Out of Bounds | Val McDermid
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I want Karen Pirie for my bestie

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Starting this with a glass of wine while i wait for dinner. A happy find in a fun book shop this afternoon.

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“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

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Shell | Kristina Olsson
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Bailedbailed

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

Joanne1 I always thought it had the most uninteresting cover when I shelved it at work. Never inspired me to take it home now I‘m glad I didn‘t. I would recommend The Bridge which is (sort of) about the building of the west gate bridge in Melbourne. 4w
AntoinetteBuchanan The Bridge is on my list, thanks for the tip. I didn‘t get to it in my Stella blitz this year but it will come through the library eventually 4w
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The Scholar | Dervla McTiernan
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Another classy, pacy police procedural from Dervla McTiernan. Not quite as twisty as her first novel, but still a great example of the genre and we are all just a little bit in love with DS Cormack Reilly #aussieapril #AWW2019

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The Place on Dalhousie | Melina Marchetta
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We are back in the inner west and I couldn‘t be happier. #aussieapril #aww2019

CarolynM This one's waiting for me. Are you enjoying it? 1mo
AntoinetteBuchanan Yes well enough. A return to Sydney‘s inner West which was my home for many years, so there‘s that. But it is multi-layered and the first chapter is beautiful, almost lyrical. Solid 3.5 stars from me - just haven‘t had time to formulate a reasoned review. I read it through a bought of insomnia last night. (edited) 1mo
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The Daylight Gate | Jeanette Winterson
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Had to sit at the Apple Store for an hour this afternoon. So glad I had this with me. It is everything The Familiars wasn‘t. If you read The Familiars, please read this as well.

Reggie I loved this book!!! 1mo
AntoinetteBuchanan It is SO good! 1mo
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I‘m listening to this assured debut novel by Julie Keys today. Perfect company for some very dull sewing #aussieapril

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Freshwater | Akwaeke Emezi
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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.

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Freshwater | Akwaeke Emezi
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Seriously awful cover design for Akwaeke Emezi‘s Freshwater. But the book is amazing and I‘m only on page 9

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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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I‘ve heard mixed reviews of this memoir but I am glad to have the opportunity to read it

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The Familiars | Stacey Halls
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Solid 3.5 stars. The story is interesting and well told but I really wanted to know about Alice rather than Fleetwood. Alice is the more interesting of the women.

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Eight Lives | Susan Hurley
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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

Crazeedi Interesting topic, I love medical themed books 1mo
AntoinetteBuchanan @Crazeedi I am not usually so keen but this really worked. It felt very well researched but didn‘t fall into the trap of the author showing off ALL of her research, if you know what I mean. 1mo
Crazeedi @AntoinetteBuchanan yes I know what you mean!!! 1mo
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Eight Lives | Susan Hurley
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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

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The Land Before Avocado | Richard Glover
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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.

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From the sublime to the ridiculous but I need a palate cleanser #aussieapril

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I‘m divided between wanting to delete all social media and refusing to back down to bullies. An important book. #books #reading #bookstagram #aussieapril #libraries #audiobooks

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Another satisfying outing with DCI Karen Pirie and nicely set up for number 6, just have to track down the 3 I haven‘t read.

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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.

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Karen Pirie was such good company yesterday, I‘ve invited her back to the sewing room today

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Karen Pirie kept me company In the sewing room this afternoon. I‘m really enjoying it

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Islands | Peggy Frew
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So many voices/Points of view! Resolved poetically, probably the only resolution for this novel. Read for an assured author playing with the form of the novel

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On Violence | Natasha Stott Despoja
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An honour and a delight this evening to meet a woman I have long admired.

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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.

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Mehso-so

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.

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It finally feels like autumn, so I‘m swatching for a new jumper and reading Canberra author, Karen Viggers‘ latest book #readlocal #localauthorshowcase

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“Books are better than other people anyway”

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Scrublands | Chris Hammer
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We‘ve been waiting for a long drive to listen this.

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“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

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Introducing my husband to this delightful series

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Picking this up after a break due to being insanely occupied with work.

gradcat This sounds very good—looking forward to your review! 3mo
MrsMalaprop Have on my bedside #TBR stack. Saw Jones speak about it last year. Be interested in your review. 3mo
AntoinetteBuchanan The writing is sublime @gradcat and @MrsMalaprop . I‘m not as engaged as I might be but suspect that is lack of reading time rather than the story itself 3mo
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A walk down memory lane with this darkly funny cult classic. Listened to the audiobook on a drive with my husband. Still worth reading.

CarolynM Love this (and the film)❤️ 3mo
AntoinetteBuchanan It‘s been so long since we saw the film but I think it needs a rewatch now @CarolynM ! 3mo
CarolynM I watched it again recently in tribute to John Clarke. Still found it hilarious. 3mo
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Book 9 of the #2019stellaprize longlist. Deliberately early to collect my husband from the bus so I can make a start on this

MrsMalaprop Ooh, have this on my bedside #TBR. Saw Jones speak about it at the Ubud Writers Festival last year. Am a little worried it might be hard work? 3mo
AntoinetteBuchanan I‘m only a little way through and it‘s an easy enough read. The language is delightful @MrsMalaprop 3mo
MrsMalaprop Oh excellent 👏. Have decided to make a start on 😊. (edited) 3mo
AntoinetteBuchanan @MrsMalaprop you won‘t regret it! 3mo
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