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Book Reflections – The Dry by Jane Harper

The Dry by Jane Harper is set in a small town in rural Victoria, Australia. The town is dying due to a prolonged drought. The shops have closed. The people … Continue reading

December 7, 2019 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – Tablet and Pen edited by Reza Aslan

Reza Aslan compiled this anthology Tablet & Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East. Aslan did a great job to draw together translations of literary pieces that protest against … Continue reading

December 3, 2019 · 2 Comments

Book Reflections – Nobody Nowhere by Donna Williams

Nobody Nowhere is a captivating autobiography. Donna Williams has autism but didn’t realise that until she was in her twenties. Until then she was shunned by her family, peers and … Continue reading

November 27, 2019 · 4 Comments

Book Reflections – The Ruby in her Navel by Barry Unsworth

The Ruby in her Navel by Barry Unsworth is set in 12th century Sicily. It was great to read about the time of Norman rule of Sicily. It was a … Continue reading

November 16, 2019 · 3 Comments

Book Reflections – No Friend But The Mountain by Behrouz Boochani

No Friend But The Mountain – Writing from Manus Prison by Behrouz Boochani and translated by Omid Tofighian is well written. The combination of Boochani’s lyrical style and Tofighian’s painstaking … Continue reading

November 6, 2019 · 4 Comments

Book Reflections – The Towers of Trebizond by Rose Macaulay

The Towers of Trebizond by Rose Macaulay is a novel set in Turkey and the Levant in the early 1950s. The protagonist Laurie joins her aunt Dot, a white Arabian … Continue reading

October 10, 2019 · 3 Comments

Book Reflections – Force of Nature by Jane Harper

Now that I’ve finished reading Force of Nature by Jane Harper I can finally take a deep breath. It’s such an exciting book that I stayed up too late reading … Continue reading

September 26, 2019 · 1 Comment

Book Reflections – See What You Made Me Do by Jess Hill

I’ve been learning about family and domestic abuse for a while. In my usual way, I have read deeply and widely, including statistics, reports and more, such as Rosie Batty’s … Continue reading

September 13, 2019 · 5 Comments

Book Reflections – The Life To Come by Michelle de Kretser

I’ve started to frequent op shops seeking second hand plates. Our plates are mismatched anyway so I’ve decided that as they break I’ll replace them with beautiful cast offs. While … Continue reading

September 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf

For book group this month we read Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf. This short novel is about choosing happiness over meeting expectations. It is 2010, in a small … Continue reading

August 25, 2019 · Leave a comment