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The Shepherd’s Hut by Tim Winton

This was my favourite Tim Winton novel yet. The voice of Jaxie Clackton was raw to the bone. The sort of 'no holes barred' writing that grabs you by the goolies and won't let go. It was compulsive, repulsive, exhilarating, eviscerating reading. I was dragged on a gut-wrenching journey with Jaxie - his pain, his... Continue Reading →

‘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 →

Seated on my perch (excuse the bird puns) at home, I am nervously preparing for Nanowrimo next month. It's a tough gig. But actually I'm excited because I believe it is a great way for me to get myself over my self-editing humps and hurdles. For those of you considering whether or not to sign... 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 →

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