Good Reading : October 2017
GOOD READING NOVEMBER 2015 23 in the UK and equipped herself with the skills to make her next career leap into novel writing. Yesterday presents an alternative world in which society is divided into ‘Monos’ – those who can only recall the events of yesterday – and the superior ‘Duos’, who can remember two days into the past. People can train themselves to retain a handful of important facts about themselves, their lives and their loved ones, but they must log everything else in their iDiar ies as a kind of external memory storage. Felicia doesn’t see her book as a sci-fi story but rather as an ‘exaggerated version of our society.’ ‘The Duo–Mono divide may be more real than it seems,’ she says. ‘In our own world, people who are blessed with better memories tend to get further in life. It’s easier for them to pass exams, for instance, because they’re able to remember. People with poorer memor ies often languish at the bottom of society.’ Claire, a Mono, is married to a Duo, Mark, who’s a novice politician. The story unfolds over the course of a day that begins as the body of a woman is pulled from the River Cam in Cambridge. The woman, Claire discovers, was Mark’s mistress. The manuscript of Yesterday was the subject of a bidding war between nine publishers. Felicia humbly ascribes her success to a network of contacts who helped her, including a forensic pathologist who was particularly helpful in describing the first crime of the novel. ‘To my relief, he said that my report was more or less consistent with the condition of a one-and-a -half-day-old body which had been fished out of a r iver. He did point out, though, that the body’s lungs should be described as ‘overlapping and hyper inflated’ and that boobs definitely do not exist in size GG. I went home and made the corrections. You keep learning as a writer.’ Yesterday by Felicia Yap is published by Hachette, rrp $29.99. GOOD READING NOVEMBER 2015 23 MICK MILLER & ROBYN FORD AUSTRALIA Mick's Way Travelling ThE INSpIRINg jOURNEY ThAT CApTURED pEOpLE’S hEARTS ALL AROUND AUSTRALIA finch.com.au There’s a bit of ‘THEY’ in all of us. In-stores October A visual memoir of an incredible journey around Australia. In-store December. Anti-fad, anti-misery guide to weight loss. In-stores November Great gifts for everyone!