Category Archives: Alison’s Picks

Alison’s Picks – December

  Seeing George by Cassandra Austin.  As a young woman, Violet met a man named George – except that he didn’t look like a man. He looked exactly like a dragon. And nobody but her saw him as a dragon. … Continue reading

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Alison’s Picks – November

    A Month of Sundays by Liz Byrski. Those of us who read fiction know that a thoughtful novel can illuminate our own lives in gratifying ways. In this recent novel by Byrski, four women from different backgrounds gather … Continue reading

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Alison’s Picks – October

The Summer Without Men by Siri Hustvedt. It’s bracing to read a novel that deals with the lives of women respectfully, intelligently, and with compassion and sly humour. Nothing cosy or PC about her observations, either. Several narrative strands run … Continue reading

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Alison’s Picks – September

  A Long Way from Home by Peter Carey. In 1954 The Australian Redex Car Trials were conducted, over a dangerous and difficult route nick-named ‘the crystal highway’ (broken glass). In this, Peter Carey’s latest novel, diminutive car dealer Titch … Continue reading

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Alison’s Picks – August

  Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales: a retelling by Peter Ackroyd When biographer/historian Peter Ackroyd turns his hand to something, you listen. In this volume he translates Chaucer’s fourteenth century work into something we can more easily understand. The General … Continue reading

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Alison’s Picks – July

The Shepherd’s Hut by Tim Winton – A new novel by Tim Winton is always an event. And what do we have here, this time? Two characters only, centre-stage: one, Jaxie Clackton, a damaged, hopped-up teenager running from his ruin of … Continue reading

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Alison’s Picks – June

  Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman – The unique voice is what strikes you first. It’s the voice of an oddball young woman, her face disfigured by scarring, her social skills non-existent, her possibly psychopathic mother incarcerated.  Clever Eleanor, … Continue reading

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