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Jeg

Jeg

Joined December 2016

I love reading and I love Litsy.😍
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A Painted House | John Grisham
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Lent to me by a friend , this is not his usual. After reading about his early life I would say this is a fictional story of his early childhood on a cotton farm. I think the term is “ dirt poor”. Knowing this I really enjoyed it after a slow start. He is an inspiration. From such a childhood to where he is now. His work in getting wrongfully convicted out of prison and on death row is very commendable.

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Best Foot Forward | Adam Hills
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Another Xmas gift because I‘m a big fan. I‘ve watched so many reruns of Spicks and Specks that I know all the answers. 😊 . I‘m also a fan of the Last Leg because it makes me laugh and at the same time keeps me up to date with the weeks news in Britain. It was published in 2018 so it‘s not new. A great op shop find. We do op shop Xmas and I‘m always amazed at what is found. Adam has had an amazing life with more to come.

MrsMalaprop Op shop Christmas? What a great idea. 😊 6d
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First book for this year. Present from my brother as he knew I‘m a fan since seeing her on The Drum. Entertaining and informative.( though I now know more about gay sex than I really need) 😏. No longer confused about Drag Queens, Transexuals etc. plus other good information. An interesting life so far. Easy read.

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Girl A | Abigail Dean
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I really enjoyed this book. I got it from book club Xmas along with others . The giver had spent her money in op shops and got some amazing recent books.
The narrator is Girl A and she goes between the then and her now. I got very involved in the story.
I‘m counting this as last book of 2021. As I read most of it then. 80 books 2021.
. @MrsMalaprop I think you might like it.
#joysbooks2021

MrsMalaprop 80 books is awesome 👏 👏👏 2w
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The Labyrinth | Amanda Lohrey
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Read this today. Beautifully written and a worthy winner. However not completely sure I understood the ending. I might need to read it again slowly.
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CarolynM It was very well written, but I wasn't sure what to take away from it either. 3w
Jeg @CarolynM glad I‘m not the only one. I thought it ended rather abruptly. It wasn‘t satisfying for me. Hope you are adjusting to your ‘ new” normal. 3w
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Well Hello | Annabel Crabb, Leigh Sales
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I‘ve had my eye on this book as I love them both. Breakfast with two friends , we call ourselves the Good Witches.
This was my gift from one of the witches and I‘m about to dip into it. 🧙‍♀️

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The Innocent Man | John Grisham
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Wanted to read this as it‘s his only nonfiction book. Found it recently in an op shop. I think it would have been an eye opener in it‘s time 2006 when DNA was beginning to get innocent people out of prison. I skipped over the pages as I knew the outcome of course. Having watched and read about many such cases , I felt there are too many other books in my TBR shelf to spend anymore time on this one.
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@MrsMalaprop

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I‘m not a great fan but I heard him on the radio and thought I‘d give this a go. It was ok. I can see why he is popular.
I‘m going to read one more of his books. His only non fiction.
Not reading at my usual rate. Walking lots instead. I was thinking of listening to audio books but I like to think as I walk. A sort of meditation.
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@MrsMalaprop

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Girl, Woman, Other | Bernardine Evaristo
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This is one of many books I was given at Book club Xmas. It‘s taken me a while to read it as I‘ve replaced my early morning reading with walking. This was perfect for me as it was sort of short stories about different women all connected in some way. Lots of comments on feminism, racism and the political landscape of the time each part is written about. I enjoyed it. Can see why it won.
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@MrsMalaprop

Suet624 I enjoyed this one too. 1mo
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I enjoyed her second book so hunted this one out as I think it won a prize. It‘s her first to be published. I found the descriptions too long, like a film script perhaps . I probably should not have interrupted my reading as I did lose track .
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MrsMalaprop Haven‘t read her. 2mo
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I just finished watching the series. It was excellent. Story line kept me watching and the issues in each episode were very relevant . Kids get so much misinformation from the internet, this is right out there and factual in context and with feelings. This book is an excellent resource. I just love it. Will pass on to grandson when he is a little older.
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@MrsMalaprop might be a good one for your tool box.

CarolynM I love the series. I think a few adults would benefit from the advice too😆 2mo
Suet624 Fantastic series. 1mo
MrsMalaprop What age do you think it‘s suitable for? 1mo
Jeg @MrsMalaprop older teens, young adults and grown ups . Have you looked at the series? If I remember I‘ll bring book to book club for you to look at. I‘m impressed with the way it‘s all been done. 1mo
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Flesh Wounds | Richard Glover
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An op shop find. I recognised the name . It was a wonderful read. A strange childhood remembered with humour and an effort to understand his parents. I love his writing style. Easy to read , a delight. I‘ll be looking out his other books. Interesting comment on parenting styles of the 60s and 70s compared to more recent times. Gave me food for thought.
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@MrsMalaprop

MrsMalaprop Read this one when it first came out. I was fascinated by the importance of his ‘nanny‘ in providing a secure early attachment figure in an otherwise emotionally bereft childhood 😢🥰. 2mo
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I‘m really warming to this author. Great for a light read. Clever and at times funny. My 3 reads have been op shop books. So will continue to look out for more.
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@MrsMalaprop

EvieBee I really like this series, and glad you did too. 2mo
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I couldn‘t stop reading but at the same time wanted it to go on forever. I‘m nearly twice her age but what she has to say speaks to me. She has written down what I have felt/feel and that makes me feel not so alone. I just love her.
All her writing is amazing and insightful. Clementine puts into words things I have not been able to.
I‘d love to give her a big hug and say thank you.
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@MrsMalaprop

MrsMalaprop This is a beautiful review Joy. Reckon she‘d be happy to hug you right back. 💕 2mo
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Ban This Book | Alan Gratz
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Lent to me by a school librarian it‘s a great little book. I recommend all book lovers to get a copy, read it then pass it along to a child in your life. So much in it. Set in an American school the essential points are universal.
“Nobody has the right to tell you what books you can and can‘t read . Except your parents,”
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@MrsMalaprop

MrsMalaprop Sounds great 😊 2mo
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Second Sight | Aoife Clifford
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I enjoyed this gentle Aussie mystery. Random pick from the library.
I looked at the spine labels for a kangaroo. 🦘😊
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@MrsMalaprop

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Common Wealth | Gregg Dreise
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This book arrived at the primary school library where I volunteer. It‘s a beautiful book but probably not suitable for young kids. If you see it pick it up and have a look. I love the art., the poetry ,but most of all the powerful message.
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@MrsMalaprop

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Terra Nullius | Claire Coleman
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Another story about what it was like to be a First Nation person in the early days of white settlement. A local author this is her first book. More truth telling.
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Got my copy today sadly @MrsMalaprop not signed. Looking forward to reading it. Wonderful young woman. 😍.

MrsMalaprop 👏🏻 I‘m devouring it. ❤️ 2mo
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Station Eleven: A novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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Excellent. If I had read this book 3 years ago I would have said pure fantasy. Now I think it is too close to being possible. I‘ll only say it‘s about a pandemic. I couldn‘t stop reading it.
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Jeg Cup of tea by granddaughter . 2mo
Cathythoughts I loved this book. Granddaughter makes adorable tea 💕 2mo
marleed I read this book in Dec 2019. I recall posting at the time that I knew the problem was mine but couldn‘t connect to the book. I also wanted to keep the book knowing that if I read again when my head was in a different space, I‘d find the connection. … Well geez, I sure didn‘t anticipate the tsunami that would be Covid just 3 months later! 2mo
Teresereading It‘s freakishly on point! 2mo
LeeRHarry Loved this one - it definitely would be an interesting re read ! 2mo
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Moonflower Murders | Anthony Horowitz
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I liked this more as I finally got towards the end. For me a marathon effort. I don‘t usually read thick books. He is clever. A prolific writer of kids books, adult books and screen scripts. I‘m warming to him. One more book of his on my TBR shelf .
#joysbooks2021
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A Line to Kill | Anthony Horowitz
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First time I‘ve read this author. I‘ve seen his name on kids books and TV series. Thought I‘d have a go. I wasn‘t disappointed. Don‘t think I‘ve read a fiction book where the author puts himself in as one of main characters. Clever and entertaining . About to start Moonflower Murders. It‘s been on my shelf for a while.
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@MrsMalaprop

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Needed a quick read and this was it. What do you do when your husband is a highly decorated police officer and he is a abuser? You are a female PC and your father is /was a criminal? Stalkers? This is a stand alone book. Feels like a tv series. Author lives in Australia but this book set in London. I enjoy his writing when I need a quick read.
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The Glass Hotel | Emily St. John Mandel
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Book club pick. I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would . Great discussion. I‘m going to look out more of her books. Went to library this morning as I saw they had Station Eleven but it wasn‘t on the shelf and they couldn‘t find it!
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CarolynM Sounds good🙂 3mo
Jeg @CarolynM it took a little while to get into it but it was worth it. 3mo
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Black Sun: A Novel | Owen Matthews
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Not my usual read. However I was entertained and educated. Based on truth , the authors note explains a lot.
Have passed on to step son as I think it‘s his kind of book.
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@MrsMalaprop I‘m just onto book club read.

MrsMalaprop I‘m only about a third of the way 😬. 3mo
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The White Girl | Tony Birch
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Excellent. Truth telling using a story. I cried a couple of times and even now thinking of one situation described brings tears to my eyes.
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Never Alone | DEBBIE. MALONE
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Interesting . Not that well written but kept me reading. Still don‘t know what I think. One of the last chapters is about the Claremont serial killer before he was found. Very interesting especially the drawing of what she thought he looked like.
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Another recommendation which I didn‘t finish. Half way through I guessed the ending and I looked and I was right so I decided to give up. I thought it would be a good YA read. A debut novel, well written but not my ‘ thing” at least not at the moment.

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Little Darlings | Melanie Golding
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This was recommended by a friend. I almost bailed. Not my thing. However I did want to find out the ending so I did a speed read.
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On the day that we were celebrating independent book shops , I took $50 to our local shop and got myself 2 books. This is one of them. My over the top health anxiety made me skip over the one about old age, particularly when he started talking about dementia. Having said that it‘s a very interesting and informative read.
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Suet624 Sounds interesting. 3mo
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Excellent. Read in one day. Highly recommend. Best op shop find for a while. Inscription shows it was given to Steve for his 65th birthday in May. I doubt he read it as I found it soon after. Might be difficult for some men to read and acknowledge.
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@MrsMalaprop would you like it?

MrsMalaprop Love your review 😂, and yes I‘d love to read it. 🙏 3mo
CarolynM 🤣 I'm imagining Steve's face as he opened his gift. At least he didn't bin it! 3mo
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Treasure and Dirt | Chris Hammer
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I loved his other books and once again I really enjoyed this one. Great descriptions of the Australian landscape.
Interesting plot and satisfying ending. I‘m sure just a matter of time before this and his other books are either movies or a tv series.
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This Much is True | Miriam Margolyes
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I‘ve been a fan for a very long time so this book was a delight to read. If there is an audio book I shall get it. To hear this in her voice would be wonderful. I did have that voice in my head as I read . I think I have to agree with Stephen Fry. ☝️
She says out loud things that introvert me would only think. 😏.
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LeeRHarry I‘m on the list at the library for this - think she‘s fab 😊 4mo
CarolynM I'm so looking forward to this! Saw her in a one woman play a few years ago, she was amazing, held the audience spellbound just sitting in a chair! 4mo
Jeg @CarolynM We saw her in 2012 in Dickens Women. She was excellent. 4mo
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Black and Blue | Veronica Gorrie
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Story telling is so important and Aboriginal people have been telling their stories forever. I often find books published years and years ago and wonder why I‘ve never heard of them. I think, no I‘m sure, it‘s because we weren‘t listening. I‘m listening now and so are lots of others. 👏👏.
Thank you @MrsMalaprop .
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MrsMalaprop Hear 👂 hear 👂😁. 4mo
LeeRHarry I‘m going to see if I can get it on to our bookgroup‘s list for next year 🤞 4mo
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A timely book. Coercive control . Scary . Important story . I really felt for the author and how hard it was for her to believe this of her husband., the man she loved , father of her children.
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I didn‘t enjoy the first book but decided to give this a go, lent to me by a friend., Much better . I still want to be Elizabeth. 😊 How long before it becomes a tv series?? #joysbooks2021
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The White Girl | Tony Birch
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Op shop today. Will go on my TBR shelf. Looking forward to reading them both.

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Picked this up sometime ago because I‘ve inherited the worry gene big time. 😏. Nice to read about someone like me. Serious but at the same time funny. A great tonic for me.
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Hamnet | Maggie O'Farrell
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Her usual great writing but I couldn‘t get into it or enjoy it. I think it‘s because I‘m not partial to historical fiction.
It was our last book club read. The rest of the group did enjoy it, some loved it.
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The Painted Veil | W. Somerset Maugham
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I read a lot of his books when I was in my late teens, introduced to his short stories at high school. I loved him then and wondered about how I would feel now. Published in 1925 this book was a beautiful read, I still love him. 👏👏
@MrsMalaprop
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Centique And what a gorgeous cover too! I will try this as I did love Of Human Bondage. 4mo
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Resistance | Anita Shreve
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Came upon a table with 10 books for a dollar. Didn‘t get 10 but took these 6. Not sure if I‘ve read them. I‘m thinking I‘ve only ever read a couple of her books. Couldn‘t pass these by. So I shall see.

CarolynM Bargain! I've never read Shreve. Is she any good? 4mo
Jeg @CarolynM I‘m not sure . The one I did read I think I enjoyed.😏. 4mo
LeeRHarry I have enjoyed the books of hers that I have read 😊 4mo
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I finished this today sitting in the sun. Seems I‘ve had it on my TBR shelf since 2018. Not my usual read. It was surprisingly good. What a journey the author had. Did he find closure? You will have to read! Apparently it‘s available as an audio book read by author. That would be interesting to be able to listen to his voice.
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@MrsMalaprop

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The Promised Land | Barry Maitland
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A quick , entertaining read. Well written . I‘ve counted him as an Aussie author as he lives here now. When this book was written he was in the Hunter Valley.
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I Shot the Devil | Ruth McIver
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I saw this reviewed in a weekend paper and it popped up where I buy books. It certainly is a page turner. The “ voice “ reminded me of the really early detective stories. Dragnet came to mind. Author went to a local uni. Did her PHD in true crime inspired fiction. I‘m guessing this book may have been part of that. I had to have my wits about me with all the twists and turns.
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Bad Behaviour | Rebecca Starford
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Though she has changed names of places and people it‘s obvious that it is about her year spent at Timbertops .
I‘d say when she wrote it she was still dealing with the aftermath of her time there. I found it a bit disjointed in parts as near the end she jumps back and forth between then and the now . . Dealing with her sexuality and her mums rejection. I found that interesting. It‘s being made into a TV series .
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Suet624 What is Timbertops? 4mo
Jeg If you do a Google search you will see it‘s part of Geelong Grammar school in Victoria Australia. Prince Charles did a year there as a teenager. @Suet624 (edited) 4mo
Suet624 Oh!!! 4mo
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The Imitator | Rebecca Starford
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I really enjoyed this story. Author spent some time researching MI5 documents and has based this story on some of what she found. Fiction based on some facts. It‘s a book that is hard to put down. Best op shop find for a while.
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The Imitator | Rebecca Starford
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On this cold wet first spring day, I‘m enjoying tagged book found in op shop and very new. The author I discovered lives in Brisbane and her only other book , also an op shop find sometime ago, I had on my TBR shelf. Seems this first book is being turned into a TV series. Something to watch out for. Both books praised by Hannah Kent , a good endorsement I thought.
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A story mainly about the relationship between an Aboriginal young woman and a white woman settler in the mid 1800s. I found it too long and a bit tedious for me. I ended up speed reading it.
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@MrsMalaprop Serena would you like to have a go at this book? I can bring it to book club.

Jeg I see you have read it. Great review too. You have a way with words. I don‘t!! @MrsMalaprop (edited) 5mo
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Suspects | Lesley Pearse
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I have no idea what these books might be like. When I‘m in an op shop and I don‘t really need any more books, I look along the tops of the books and pick out the ones that are white ( new paper) . Then if they have been published this year I get them. 😏. I‘ve read some good ones and others I‘ve not been able to read but I can pass along to someone who will.
Anyone read either of these?

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MrsMalaprop Not familiar with either of those Joy. 5mo
Jeg Tried reading it but had to give up. 5mo
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After Story | Larissa Behrendt
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Finished this morning. I didn‘t want it to end so I‘m going to start reading it again, don‘t think I‘ve ever done that before. It‘s the best book I‘ve read for a while. It resonated with me in many ways. It‘s a beautiful story.
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LiteraryinLawrence Wow, what an endorsement! I‘ll have to check it out! 5mo
LeeRHarry Glad you loved it - I haven‘t stopped thinking about it since I read it - initially gave it 4 stars but maybe it should be 5. 5mo
Tamra I‘m interested! 5mo
CarolynM I've got a copy here beside me because I keep meaning to start it but then getting distracted by other things. Time to get on with it, I think! 5mo
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