This reading list is a contribution to the sharing of books. All sorts of books make their way to my bedside table. Some are sent, some recommended, some given as gifts or lent by someone who has enjoyed reading them.
Others (let’s be frank – many) I see on a bookstore shelf, find irresistible and bring home. A few of these become family members who may not leave my bookshelf, but can be read by guests who stay. Some wander on to other homes and hearts.
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Published by Macmillan by Pan Macmillan Australia P/L Australia, 2023 Cover design Debra Billson Cover images Shutterstock
Karina May’s second romance novel (following her debut Duck a l’Orange for Breakfast) ticks all the boxes for rusted on fans of the genre – a youthful heroine in search of herself and love, an old flame, a new flame, exotic places, a grand mansion, female friends, a touch of fashion, chiselled jaws and bare chests, sexual tension and a little bit of actual sex, conflicts, conflicts resolved and a happy ending.
Big Sky Publishing, Australia, 2023 Cover design Think Productions
Steve Matthews’ Hitler trilogy was inspired by a personal connection that led him to visit Auschwitz. This latest stand alone, still a war story but in a different theatre, is also born of personal connection.
I think the thing about historical fiction that appeals to so many readers is the way it ties the present to the past. In writing a story about the growth of the suffragette movement in late 19th century and early 20th century Britain, Tania Blanchard has cogently placed the advancement of women’s rights on a continuum which includes the modern reader’s world.
Published by Joan, an imprint of Allen & Unwin Australia, 2023 Text hand lettered by Sarah Firth Cover and text designed by Sarah Firth and Joanna Hunt
The publication of this book by a mainstream Australian publishing house is significant. It is recognition of something teachers and parents have always known – that people learn, see things and process information and ideas in different ways.
Allen & Unwin, Australia, 2023 Cover design Luke Causby/Blue Cork Cover photos Alamy
The Seven is a slow burn, a novel that might be described in the jargon as ‘sweeping’, with its historical time crimes and that of the modern day held together by ties of lineage, power, privilege, land and water.
Black Inc, an imprint of Schwartz Books Pty Ltd, Australia, 2022; second edition 2023 Cover design Akiko Chan Cover image Getty/221A
Sam Vincent’s memoir/philosophy about country, community and heritage is a highly readable work which has us both laughing at the author’s self-deprecatory accounts of his introduction to sustainable farming and deeply considering matters of succession, inheritance and First Nations connection with the land.
Nowra Library 10 Berry Street, Nowra NSW Saturday 25 November 2023 1pm to 2.30pm
BookFest is an opportunity for South Coast authors and illustrators to showcase their published work. The presenters will speed share their books followed by an audience Q and A, then booksales and signings.
EK Books, an imprint of Exisle Publishing Pty Ltd, Australia, 2023 Design by Aśka (askastorytelling.com)
Samantha Tidy, both as a writer and publisher, has long interested herself in matters of social and environmental import. This picture book takes us back to the days of the women activists through the eyes of a child, Maggie, who is trying to make sense of her grandmother’s world. Amongst other things, they share a name.