‘Book of Colours’ by Robyn Cadwallader 

'All of life', mediaeval life, was here in this book. If you are interested in medieval history, and particularly in reading richly textured and immersive historical fiction, this is the novel for you. Robyn Cadwallader does a wonderful job of illuminating the imagined lives of limners' in 14th century London. She successfully interweaves multiple perspectives... Continue Reading →

  Well there was not much 'normal' about this fabulous novel. It blew me away and I cannot recommend it highly enough. Sally Rooney, in her inimitable sparse yet poignant style, tells a story that wrings the heart and kept me turning the pages with frenzied angst. I enjoyed 'Conversation with Friends', which I read... Continue Reading →

This was a wonderful start to my reading in 2019. The Fragments is a beautiful written and evocative story about a young woman's friendship with an acclaimed, but reclusive, author in 1930s, and the determination of bookseller, Caddie Walker, to find out what happened to her. Events unfold in two timelines and finally converge when... Continue Reading →

  Somehow I got distracted when I started reading Tin Man towards the end of last year (too much Christmassy nonsense I should think). Picked it up again this evening and read it in one sitting. It  broadly revolves around Ellis, a man who works repairing dents in car panels, and his relationships with the... Continue Reading →

  I thought this was another really great crime novel and Chris Hammer's evocative writing immediately drew me in to the story of small town, beyond the burbs, Australia. Hammer's descriptions of Riversend, an imaginary town in the outback, were brilliantly depicted, and from the outset the detail had me immersed in the searing heat... Continue Reading →

  Perhaps this novel should be retitled - Book Swallows Reader. I was completely absorbed, swallowed whole by the world created by Trent Dalton in this, his debut novel. To most people, young Eli Bell's life would seem a horrific mess (junkie mother, heroin-dealing stepfather, ex-murder crime babysitter, mute brother ...) but recounted from a... Continue Reading →

Past the Shallows by Favel ParrettPast the Shallows is a haunting story about family bonds: with only memories of their mother, three brothers, Joe, Miles and Harry, are left to fend for themselves, living with a father who is unpredictable, often drunk and unsympathetic. Life for Miles and Harry, in a remote community on the... Continue Reading →

Wimmera by Mark Brandi Fab and Ben are best friends, living in a small rural town, Wimmera, Australia. This tightly written story pulsated with tension from start to finish. It's written in two parts - the boys' childhood and when they are adults. Brandi brilliantly captures the awkwardness, naivety, aspirations and loyalties of the two... Continue Reading →

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