Category Archives: Alison’s Picks

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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Alison’s Picks – May

  The Passage of Love by Alex Miller – We all have our literary heroes, and this writer is one of mine.  As soon as I read his Journey to the Stone Country, set in Queensland, I thought “Ah! Here’s a voice … Continue reading

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Alison’s Picks – April

  Montebello by Robert Drewe The Montebello Islands lie off the Pilbara coast of Western Australia. Australian writer Robert Drewe became interested in these islands when he discovered that the British conducted nuclear tests there in the 1950s. The bombs were … Continue reading

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