Category Archives: Fiction
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.
The October issue of Good Reading magazine is available for you to read from our Library website.
In this issue of gr, Geraldine Brooks tells us about her new historical novel, The Secret Chord, in which she investigates the hidden stories behind David, the boy who slayed Goliath. We also look to the stars and beyond this month, with a revisit of Carl Sagan’s classic sci-fi novel Contact, a guide on what to read after A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and a visit from Irish-born astrophysicist Dr Alan Duffy, who tells us which books made him fall in love with space. For those who prefer their stories to play out in our own planet, check out an article about spiritual exploration in Tibet, or our special feature on the world’s most exceptional tree houses. Also find out about the dark secrets of Hollywood stars in an interview with Todd Alexander, and get the tissues ready for when we revisit Tim Conigrave’s classic memoir Holding the Man on the 20th anniversary of its publication. All this and more, plus plenty of reviews to help you find your next great read!