Category Archives: Alison’s Picks

Alison’s Picks October 2017

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All Together Now – Gill Hornby

The Woman on the Stairs – Bernhard Schlink

Theft by Finding: Diaries Volume 1 – David Sedaris

First Person – Richard Flanagan


Alison’s Picks – September 2017


Anything is Possible – Elizabeth Strout

A Writing Life: Helen Garner and her work – Bernadette Brennan

Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders

A Few Days in the Country, and other stories – Elizabeth Harrower

Alison’s Picks July 2017

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The Restorer by Michael Sala

Arthur and George by Julian Barnes

Capital by John Lanchester

The Taming of the Queen by Philippa Gregory

Alison’s Picks June 2017



By the Book by Ramona Koval

At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen

Midwinter by Fiona Melrose

The Night Guest by Fiona MacFarlane

Alison’s Picks April 2017

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Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

Transatlantic by Colum McCann

The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith

The Abundance (essays)  by Annie Dillard


Alison’s picks – February 2017


The Better Son by Katherine Johnson. Tasmania, 1952: two boys explore in the karst country of Central Tasmania, and find a cave. It becomes their secret, their refuge – until, one day, only one of them returns home.

The Woman Next Door by Liz Byrski. This one focuses on retired couples who are also neighbours, and the demands and pleasures that entails. Byrski is always honest and insightful.

Freeing Grace by Charity Norman. David, curate of an inner-city parish, and Leila, his Nigerian-born wife are unable to have children of their own. When they finally hear they’ve been approved to adopt a baby, Grace, they are overjoyed. But it turns out not to be that simple.

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty. Alice Love has an accident at the gym – and the last ten years of her life are wiped from her memory in the brain injury that results. Gradually bits of memory return – but she is alarmed by what she discovers about herself. As usual with Moriarty, a gripping read.

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