Family Lexicon, Natalia Ginzburg The story of an eccentric Italian family. Despite the very different setting it reminded me strongly of Nancy Mitford's Love In A Cold Climate. The same characters brought vividly to life. Mad father full of strange sayings and stranger advice for his offspring. Distracted mother and close but competitive siblings. … [Read more...] about More Books – October – November 2019
I've been busy with other matters that will be the subject of a separate blog, but here's my reading over the last two months. The Rúin, Dervla McTiernan I'm not an avid thriller reader but I enjoyed this. Although, unusually, I did figure out, in advance, who was the likely villain. I don't know whether that is a good or bad thing. In any event … [Read more...] about Books July – August 2019
Swimming With Seals, Victoria Whitworth I enjoyed this very much; although I didn't feel like jumping into cold water after finishing it, as theGuardian reviewer quoted on the cover did. She’s a novelist but I have not read any of her novels. I liked her writing. This is a memoir about her time living in Orkney. I had an uncle who was born there so … [Read more...] about Books Read: May – June 2019
Thanks to the Wheeler Centre we had a mini Writers Festival here in Melbourne end April early May 2019. Some of the overseas authors attending the Sydney Writers Festival which goes from 29 April to 5 May were brought down to Melbourne to share their thoughts on books and writing. It's a great idea, given how far these guests have come. Some were … [Read more...] about Writers Galore But Is It Mayhem?
I'm astonished I haven't written a full blog about books since January! It's time to catch up. It's been a very mixed bag. Some disappointing light weight novels and drearily ponderous biography! I'll start with February. First up, The Lost Man by Jane Harper. This is her third thriller and the first without her reluctant hero, Federal police … [Read more...] about Books Read: February – April 2019
On The Beach, the film of Neville Shute's novel, was shown at ACMI in February this year. Along with the documentary about the making of the film, Fallout. These mini seasons are one of the great things about ACMI. And so I finally read the book as well. The cover of this relatively modern reprint of the novel reflects images from the film. … [Read more...] about Contemplating The End Of The World