In The Eye of the Sheep we meet Jimmy Flick, a boy who doesn't quite fit. He is too fast and too slow and always at the wrong time. Only is mother understands him and can calm him and keep him out of his father's way, slowing him down and calming his cells. Until one … Continue reading The Eye of the Sheep – Sofie Laguna
"It takes a lot of courage to wear a hijab in a Western society and just as much courage to not wear a hijab in the eyes of the Muslin community." Beyond Veiled Cliches is Awad's investigation into the lives of Arab women in the Middle East and in Australia. Delving into their lives, their … Continue reading Beyond Veiled Cliches – Amal Awad
Dog Boy was enthusiastically suggested to me by an author and I couldn't walk away from such a fascinating story. Dog Boy follows four year old Romochka, a boy left alone, abandoned by his mother and his uncle. After three days of hiding he braves the streets, hungry and alone. There he falls in with … Continue reading Dog Boy – Eva Horung
Mr Wigg is another mesmerising piece by one of my favourites Inga Simpson. Mr Wigg lives along on his farm after the passing of his wife. His son wants him to move to town where he has less to look after in his older days but Mr Wigg loves his fruit trees and his chooks … Continue reading Mr Wigg – Inga Simpson
Australia Day by Melanie Cheng is a collection of short stories that focus on contemporary Australia and the ever common desire to belong somewhere. We follow a variety of characters from numerous backgrounds in a snapshot of their day to day lives. I had rather high hopes for this one, anticipating a social commentary … Continue reading Australia Day – Melanie Cheng
Another day, another Summerscale. The Wicked Boy tells the story of Robert and Nattie Coombes two young boys, who in 1895 set out to watch the cricket at Lourdes and then spend the next ten days living it up with the help of an old colleague of their fathers. That is until an awful stench … Continue reading The Wicked Boy – Kate Summerscale
After my monstrous efforts last year of fifty reads from Aussie women, where to next? Well let me show you what is on my pile for 2018. Salt Creek, Lucy Treloar - Set locally along the Coorong (how could I not add it to my list?) this novel looks at the remote and inhospitable life in … Continue reading The Aussie lady love continues.