Grace Foley has always been a little bit mad. Anyone who isn't afraid of anything must be. Things take a turn for the worse at a notorious pipe challenge, a dangerous game played by competing schools, and Grace freaks out completely and starts to have experiences she can't explain. Crazy experiences like supernatural encounters with … Continue reading Ballad for a Mad Girl – Vikki Wakefield
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
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
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.
Parrett does it again with Past the Shallows (yes, technically this one was written first, I know). Past the Shallows is a tragic and haunting novel of a broken family. Three brothers, Joe, Miles and Harry, regrowing up in Tasmania with their unbalanced father. His tempestuous relationship with the boy has already caused Joe to … Continue reading Past the Shallows – Favel Parrett