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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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Pickpick

Deceptively easy to read. I don‘t think it will make the #bookerprize shortlist, but it‘s strong novel and not as slight as you may think on first glance

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First of the Booker Prize longlist that I will read. Anyone else trying to conquer the list?

Megabooks No, but that‘s a great book!! 3mo
AntoinetteBuchanan I‘m enjoying it so far. Glad to have another recommendation for it :-) 3mo
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Fault Lines | Doug Johnstone
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An unholy melange of Misery, Brigadoon and Joe Versus the Volcano. It did take my mind off the shot utter mess world politics has become, so that‘s something.

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This is an autobiographical novel about domestic violence. A week ago I fell resulting in 22 stitches to my face, a very black eye and visible bruising to my chest and lower left arm. While shopping with my husband, several women serving in stores gave my husband hard looks and asked me about my injuries. I was grateful for their, misplaced, concern and several friends revealed their own experiences & how they would‘ve appreciated such concern...

AntoinetteBuchanan If you are worried about someone, please speak up - it could make all the difference 3mo
MrsMalaprop I recall my mum having a similar experience after she fell over walking the dog. My dad took her to hospital & he got the third degree from staff. Mum was asked several times whether she wanted to talk in private. 3mo
AntoinetteBuchanan @MrsMalaprop I‘m pleased to know she was offered assurance if she‘d needed it. My grandmother was not as fortunate and neither were some really quite young women of my acquaintance. 3mo
Reggie I worked as a waiter with this friend of mine who had also accidentally gotten a black eye. In 2 days she got 3 cards, 1 for a women‘s shelter and 2 for counseling. It was intense. I had no idea that many people cared out there. 3mo
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The Hate Race | Maxine Beneba Clarke
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I listened to this as an audio book while running errands today. It is an important book documenting the inherent racism of Australia through Clarke‘s childhood. The story is absolutely relatable and powerful because of it. I would like to think things have changed but I fear they have not. We have so much more work to do in this area as a society and as individuals #stellaproject

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Bodies of Men | Nigel Featherstone
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A book about love and loyalty set against the backdrop of Egypt in WWII. I‘m biased as I know the author but it is a beautiful anecdote to toxic masculine culture

LeeRHarry Stacked as it sounds like a good story and Aussie to boot 😊 (edited) 3mo
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I appreciated all the finely observed period detail but don‘t feel the resolution really worked. It would have been three stars but for the Perkin‘s Paste reference and the details of rissole making.

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More waiting at the Genius Bar and sneaking in some reading as well as knitting #placesyoucanread #placesyoucanknit #knitting #reading #waitingroomknitting #operationsockdrawer #bookstagram

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Ache | Eliza Henry-Jones
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A tender and emotionally resonant book about guilt, grief and reconciliation.

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Ache | Eliza Henry-Jones
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Today‘s company on chores.

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City of Girls | Elizabeth Gilbert
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Mehso-so

This was a 3 star read for me. It started off well, fell down in the middle and limped home, with some flashes of brilliance. It felt like a prequel to Sex and the City and it was too long by at least a third. I felt sorry for the editor who must have lost a few rounds on this one. I would recommend it for a long summer read, pity it‘s cruel winter here right now.

marleed Interesting. I loved this book. I‘m thinking it was because I loved TJRs seven husbands of Evelyn Hugo. Reading this brought me back to Evelyn! 3mo
AntoinetteBuchanan I haven‘t read that one - must look for it in the library. 3mo
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I‘m finding this book affirming and confronting and I‘m already recommending it.

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I Am the Messenger | Markus Zusak
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An extraordinary book about and ordinary man. Finished after a lovely afternoon.

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Wintering | Krissy Kneen
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Pitch perfect Tasmanian gothic

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It‘s a bit like being taught to suck eggs but I‘ve had a long life of thrift, not everyone was raised by frugal parents. Also, local author, so #canberrapride #books #reading #audiobooks

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Room for a Stranger | Melanie Cheng
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This is an interesting story which uses and inter-generational relationship to explore themes of self-understanding and acceptance. I just didn‘t feel emotionally engaged but it. And I think it‘s me rather than the book.

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Milkman | Anna Burns
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“Are you saying it‘s ok for him to go around with Semtex but it‘s not ok for me to read Jane Eyre in public?” This is why I can‘t stop reading this infuriating novel; for sentences like that. Equal parts beguiling and infuriating. Also darkly funny.

Heideschrampf I'm currently listening to it (including a wonderfully irish narrator) and i know just what you mean. It's SO painfull, and yet you want to go on, even thoguh you already know whats coming your way 4mo
AntoinetteBuchanan I‘m listening as well. If I was reading the tree-book I‘d have pitched at the wall and given up long since! I can‘t help thinking a novella would have been long enough 4mo
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Ruby Moonlight | Ali Cobby Eckermann
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So powerful, so spare, so heartbreaking . 5 stars.

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The White Girl | Tony Birch
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Mehso-so

Without taking away from the importance of the theme, the intent and the ignoble history it depicts, this feels more suited toa YA audience 3.5 stars

MrsMalaprop Am in a store deciding whether to buy this! Appreciate your review 😊. I haven‘t read any Tony Birch. Are there any others you‘d recommend? 4mo
AntoinetteBuchanan He is a good author but I don‘t really enjoy YA all that much - I don‘t need to have everything explained to me. I enjoyed the short story collection “Common People” as it was a bit more nuanced. I read Ghost River years ago which was good but still a bit YA for my taste. Better than White Girl though. 4mo
MrsMalaprop Oh thanks 🙏. I‘m not generally a fan of YA either. Might have to try Common People. 4mo
myreadingdays I also enjoyed Common People and was wondering if I should read more of his work. But since you have mentioned YA I think I can let this one go. Thanks for helping me with that decision! 4mo
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Ruby Moonlight | Ali Cobby Eckermann
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I know how to party

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Daughter of Bad Times | Rohan Wilson
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A dark speculative fiction set in a dystopian near future. Also a love story. What would you do for love. How many lives would you sacrifice for your own desire?

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Daughter of Bad Times | Rohan Wilson

I am so enjoying this book, but some of the descriptions are off. WTF is a “manicured eyebrow“ anyway?

MrsMalaprop Manicured eyebrows are everywhere! I am quite fascinated by them. My son‘s teacher has amazing ones. Can‘t. Stop. Looking. Maybe a better description would be “fabricated eyebrows” 🤔😂 4mo
AntoinetteBuchanan @mrsmalaprop I know what you mean but I would accept groomed or even sculpted but manicured refers quite literally to hands 4mo
CarolynM I agree with you🙄 4mo
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Ruby Moonlight | Ali Cobby Eckermann
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The library comes through for me again!

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Growing Up African in Australia | Maxine Beneba Clarke
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A book to be read for its honesty and its power. While there is artistic merit in some of the stories, the breadth of experience and the mirror it raises to Australia is reason enough for the 5 stars ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

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Growing Up African in Australia | Maxine Beneba Clarke
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This will keep me company this afternoon and on my flight home. Challenging my white privilege.

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Fresh on the car stereo this morning.

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The Woman in Blue | Elly Griffiths
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Another instalment I this fine series. 3/5

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The Chalk Pit | Elly Griffiths
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Today‘s audio book is an few hours with an old friend. 8th in the Ruth Galloway series. Easily digestible cosy. #books #reading #audiobooks #bookstagram #libraries

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The Better Son | Katherine Johnson
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Beyond the plot, this has a very recognisable depiction of living with a returned serviceman. While my father was nowhere near as brutal (or cowardly) as Harold, I recognise the rage and the violent impulses. I also recognise the fear of the child manifest in adulthood. 4 stars ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

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The Better Son | Katherine Johnson
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On the car stereo today, The Better Son by Katherine Johnson. Half way through and I feel so much for Kip. And the description of the father‘s PTSD behaviour is so spot on I‘ve caught my breath many times with the recognition. My father was not brutal as Harold but I recognise his pain and his actions. #libraries #books #reading #aww2019 #bookstagram #audiobooks

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The Hollow Bones | Leah Kaminsky
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Bailedbailed

Scientist prostitutes his profession for advancement with the Third Reich. Got it. He‘s an ambitious and unpleasant brute whose “discoveries” underly the racial cleansing policies of Hitler. Quite how the voice of a taxidermed panda aids the plot is beyond me. Not worth finishing.

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Ian McEwan can't write badly but I did not enjoy this book. I could cope with the moral philosophy, although I didn't actually agree with him much, and I could cope with the alternate reality and may have enjoyed an exploration of the inevitability of history, but neither was served by being in the same book. Or maybe they would have been but not this book. I left me cold and unsatisfied.

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Having a work day where I spend time in the car between meetings so am starting this variously reviewed new title from Ian McEwan

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The Holiday Murders | Robert Gott
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Excellent genre fiction set in WWII Melbourne. Perfect for keeping me company on dreary errands.

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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 👏. 5mo
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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) 5mo
AntoinetteBuchanan Good to know. I‘m hoping for a Life After Life experience rather than a Time Traveller‘s Wife experience 5mo
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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. 5mo
AntoinetteBuchanan Agree! I enjoyed Museum of Modern Love but this was of a different order altogether. 5mo
AntoinetteBuchanan @CarolynM it is a bit of a challenge but we are doing one a month and I‘ve read a few already 5mo
Rissreads I adored this book too! 💚 5mo
AntoinetteBuchanan @Rissreads seems it was universally loved 5mo
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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! 💕 5mo
MrsMalaprop This was just....wonderful 😢❤️. 5mo
AntoinetteBuchanan Preparing my hankies now! @LeeRHarry and @MrsMalaprop (edited) 5mo
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CarolynM Another fan here. A brilliant book. (edited) 5mo
CarolynM Yep, left me lost for words too 5mo
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 5mo
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 5mo
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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 🤣 5mo
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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! 5mo
AntoinetteBuchanan It really was. 5mo
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? 5mo
AntoinetteBuchanan Too Much Lip was my pick. This was the best of the memoirs, though. 5mo
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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.