Good Reading : November 2009
NOVEMBER 2009 ı goodreading 19 readers' life 2 There's something about reading a book as inspiring as A Fortunate Life by A B Facey. It goes to show that no matter what your circumstances in life you can live a rewarding and amazing life. To think that Facey was illiterate to such a great age. It is a fascinating snapshot of a time gone past. This month we've selected We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver, which was suggested by Lauren Kathlene Hillery, as our book to pass on. We'll be sending a copy of The Shadow of the Wind to Lauren. This book, which has been popular with book clubs for many years and yet another one that people from all over have recommended to me. So I'm going to give it go. Would anyone like to read it after me? Also don't forget to let me know if you'd like to try any of the books on our 'Pass it on' list. I especially recommend The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett! The ‘Jack Irish Quinella’: Bad Debts and Black Tide Peter Temple I'd never read any of Peter Temple's work until recently; why did I wait so long? These two crime stories are a great read, set in and around Melbour ne's streets. I couldn't put it down. Nola Wernicke, Croydon Vic Olive Kitteridge Elizabeth Strout Ihave just finished reading this book and can highly recommend it. Each chapter is a hort story on its own, but they are all linked. We read about Olive, the main character, and the other characters are all connected to her, or where she lives, in some way. Strout's writing is beautiful and lyrical and I was completely drawn into Olive's life and the lives of those around her. She is such a flawed character yet the reader still feels sympathy towards her and I didn't want the book to end. As soon as I put the book down I wanted to know what was next for Olive Kitteridge. Angie Lawrence, Salmiya, Kuwait The Shadow of the Wind Carlos Ruiz Zafón It's a wonderful book that really sucked me in with its intrigue and characters, its central theme of books and preserving them and the wonderful mood the author conveys. It's also set in Barcelona which is a nice change of scenery. I found it hard to put down and even harder to stop thinking about (both during and after reading it). Rochelle Buckton The Two of Us: My life with John Thaw Sheila Hancock Reading Ter ri Dixon's recommendation for Journey From Venice (gr August) reminded me of Sheila Hancock's wonderful The Two of Us: My life with John Thaw. This was a beautiful celebration of her life with John as well as the story of his agonising death and an appreciation of the man himself as opposed to his much-loved alter ego Inspector Morse. Ruth Cracknell's Journey has been on my bookshelf for years -- I will have to dust it off! Terese Smith, Blackmans Bay Tas Born or Bred? Robert Wainwright & Paola Totaro This is the story behind the mass murderer Martin Bryant. Not sure if this will be released in Tasmania, so my partner and I bought it in Melbour ne. It's interesting to gain knowledge into the psychological part of this hor rific story. Melanie Taylor, Montrose Tas The Time Traveler’s Wife Audrey Niffenegger Although in the Angus & Robertson 'Top 100' it wasn't nearly as far up on the list as it should have been! Kerry Marks, Bellevue WA Beyond the Razor Wire Sandy Thorne One of Australia's great women writers. I discovered this book last month, it's a spectacular and powerful read. A Donovan, Bondi Junction NSW The Art of the Engine Driver Steven Carroll It is a well-written study of people in different situations, how they feel and how they adjust to change. It is emotive, logical and encapsulating. I felt like I lost a relative when I finished it. Sue Byrne, Paralowie SA We Need to Talk About Kevin Lionel Shriver It is simply a must read. Thought provoking and well written. It incorporates the nature/ nurture debate into a story that provided a turning point for me. My capacity for understanding and empathy increased dramatically after reading this book. Lauren Kathlene Hillery, Ormiston Qld Tully Paullina Simons Athought-provoking, emotional, turbulent journey of life as seen through the eyes of an unforgettable young woman.You will fall in love with her, cry with her and be moved by her amazing story. I could not recommend this book more highly! Kassie Embling, Eltham North Vic pass it on! ROWENA CSEH shares another round of readers’ suggestions to pass around.
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