Category Archives: Alison’s Picks

Alison’s Picks – August

The Place on Dalhousie by Melina Marchetta. The writer takes us straight to the busy heart of Sydney’s inner West, and a cast of thousands, from mixed backgrounds, mostly Mediterranean. The narrative is pacy, often funny. Conversations are our main … Continue reading

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Alison’s Picks – July

  When We Have Wings by Claire Corbett.  It’s 200 years in the future. Living standards for most people are fairly poor, the weather has deteriorated owing to climate change, but the elite occupying the cities are doing fine, thank … Continue reading

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Alison’s Picks – June

Sophie and the Sibyl by Patricia Duncker – Sophie is a rich, lively, clever, cosseted young woman living on the family estate in Victorian England. Her literary heroine is George Eliot, whose books she devours and whom she longs to meet.  … Continue reading

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Alison’s Picks – May

  In The Quiet by Eliza Henry-Jones. Bit hard to resist a novel in which the first-person narrator is already dead. She doesn’t remember how she died, but she drifts, unseen and sealed away in her deadness, around the lives … Continue reading

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Alison’s Picks – April

  The Blue Salt Road    Joanne Harris Thirty years ago I learned to sing The Grey Selkie of Sule Skerrie.  Selkies were  legendary seal creatures who were capable of changing into human form. Their home was Sule Skerrie, a remote … Continue reading

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Alison’s Picks – March

  The Lost Man by Jane Harper In her third novel, Jane Harper takes us to cattle country in outback Queensland. Cameron Bright is found dead at an old landmark, a stockman’s grave. The circumstances may be suspicious – or … Continue reading

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