Our Souls at Night by American novelist Kent Haruf managed to sooth my soul and stimulate my imagination. The beautiful poetic prose in this slim book and the theme of love of different kinds in old age work together to create magic.
Dustfall, the debut novel of Western Australian writer, Michelle Johnston, kept me riveted from beginning to end.
Extinctions, a dark novel by Western Australian Josephine Wilson, won the inaugural Dorothy Hewett award in 2015 and the Miles Franklin Literary Award in 2017.
The AWW Challenge 2018 provides people keen to support and encourage Australian women’s writing with a platform on which to publish reviews of books. Given my poor record last year, I hope it is not too late to apologise and re-commit. I’ve taken up the challenge since 2014, and it would be a pity to …
The Beekeeper’s Secret by Australian writer Josephine Moon is a delicious novel. It fell into my hands accidentally after I glanced across at a book display in a chain store. This book’s eye-catching cover caught my eye. I’m glad I bought and read it.
Moving Among Strangers: Randolph Stow and My Family, is a family memoir. It is a wonderful glimpse into the life of Randolph Stow, one of Western Australia’s most revered writers. It also about the area where my grandmother’s family settled in the nineteenth century, and where my mother grew up.
The Promise is a collection of short stories by Tony Birch. This is the second book by this talented Australian writer that I’ve read in the past two months. You can read my review of his Ghost River here.
Everywhere I Look, by Helen Garner, enthralled me. This book is purported to be ‘a collection of essays, diary entries and true stories’ which, of course, it is. But on another, deeper level, it is much more. The stories, snippets and longer essays can be read as a memoir of the life of an older writer. It spans about …
Ghost River is not a book I would usually choose. But I am very glad it was chosen for me by my book club. Otherwise I might have missed this well-written, many-layered story.
Rereading favourite books is a joy for many people. We not only reconnect with favourite authors and characters. In a way we also reconnect with younger ourselves. Many writers also think rereading favourite books is a necessity. These were among the points made during a session which I thoroughly enjoyed at the Perth Writers Festival (PWF) …