Thursday, 27 May 2010

The Tall Man by Chloe Hooper

In recognition of Reconciliation Week (from 27th of May to 3rd of June) why not take the opportunity to read the amazing The Tall Man by Chloe Hooper. It is a true crime novel, reminiscent in style of Truman Capote's classic In Cold Blood and focuses on the death in custody of Cameron Doomadjee at the aboriginal community of Palm Island in 2004. The book explores what occured, from the lead up to his arrest, his death in custody 40 minutes later, and the colonial inquest, riots and trial that followed.

What I found most extraordinary about this book is the way that Hooper conveys the story without taking sides or making judgements. The book does not convey anyone as perfect or a hero, nor anyone as purely a villain. It rather conveys the complexities of the story and provides a glimplse into a part of Australia that for many of us we have never seen or experienced.

I found this book not only extraordinary but also incredibly important for the way that it confronts these difficult moral questions.

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Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Bayside Literary Festival

Commencing this Friday the 21st of May and running until Friday 28th of May is the Bayside Literary Festival. The festival features a range of talks by authors, including Underbelly author Andrew Rule, as well as writing workshops, Poetry readings and more.

For more information click here.

Thursday, 13 May 2010

The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

This Gothic ghost story is set at the end of World War II in a dilapidated English country estate. The once wealthy Ayres family is now struggling to maintain both their estate and their way of life. The family is haunted by their struggles and their dying way of life, however as the book progresses a more sinister and malevolent source of their problems is hinted at as unexplained events begin to occur. Are the family descending into madness? Is there a ghost haunting them? Or is the house itself beginning to turn on the family?

The Little Stranger is both a beautifully realised historical novel and also a suspenseful ghost story imbued with a subtle yet sinister sense of foreboding.


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Saturday, 8 May 2010

Happy Mothers day!

In celebration of Mothers Day this weekend, here is a list of books about mothers and motherhood. Some are humorous and light hearted, such as Little Earthquakes by Jennifer Weiner or Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells, whilst others are more serious explorations of the relationships between mothers and their children, such as The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan or Unless by Carol Shields.


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Check Catalogue for Unless