January Picks

Strout, Elizabeth (2021) Oh William! Viking. Lucy Barton, in her third outing, is at a crossroads and she starts to muse on her first husband, William. Lucy is navigating her life as a widow, mother of two adult daughters, and a successful author, when she reconnects with William. This leads her to reflect on the… Continue reading January Picks

Best Picks 2021

As Covid and its variants continue to rage 2021 has been a particularly challenging year to access books, with libraries in lockdown, titles rescheduled for publication, and delays in supply and delivery, choices have been somewhat limited. Nevertheless I have continued to be curious about place, ecocentrism and anthropocentrism, and indulge in Australian crime-noir.  My… Continue reading Best Picks 2021

December Picks

Heller, Miranda Cowley (2021) The Paper Palace. Penguin Random House. On a perfect August morning, Elle Bishop heads out for a swim in the fresh water pond below 'The Paper Palace' - the decaying family compound in the back woods of Cape Cod where Elle has spent her 50 summers. This fictional memoir is in… Continue reading December Picks

November Picks

Hammer, Chris (2021) Treasure & Dirt. Allen & Unwin. When an opal miner is found crucified in his mine, near the bleak outback town of Finnigans Gap, Sydney homicide detective Ivan Lucic is sent to investigate, with the assistance of local detective Nell Buchanan. Caught between threats to their police careers and solving the crime… Continue reading November Picks

September-October Picks

Bailey, Sarah (2021) The Housemate. Allen & Unwin. As a junior journalist Olive Groves worked on the Housemate Homicide. Three housemates - one dead, one missing and one accused of murder. A mysterious case that has continued to baffle Australians. Nine years later Oli is is once again assigned to the story this time reluctantly… Continue reading September-October Picks

August Picks

Riddell, Shona (2020) Guiding Lights: The Extraordinary Lives of Lighthouse Women. Exisle. Women have a long history of keeping the lights burning, yet their stories are generally not well-known. Lighthouses are a beacon of fascination for many, including me, and it is the intrepid and the brave keepers of the light that are the inspiration… Continue reading August Picks

July Picks

Williams, Pip (2021) The Dictionary of Lost Words. Affirm Press. This is a book about words, based on the compilation of the Oxford English Dictionary, exploring how word meanings differ in importance for men and women. In 1901 the word 'bondmaid' was discovered to be missing from the OED and in this novel it is the fictional central… Continue reading July Picks

June Picks

Shipstead, Maggie (2021) Great Circle. Doubleday. From the moment the infant Marian Graves (and her twin) are rescued from a sinking ship, until she flies a great circle around the globe, polar cap to polar cap, Marian's life is one big momentous adventure. For she is a woman who will not allow her gender to… Continue reading June Picks

May Picks

Finlay, Alex (2021) Every Last Fear. Minotaur Books. The suspicious deaths of his parents and young siblings, whilst holidaying in Mexico, brings Matt Pine to the attention of the FBI and once again propels him into the media spotlight. For a true-crime documentary has made his family infamous in their fight against the wrongful conviction… Continue reading May Picks

April Picks

Johnson, Stephanie (2021) Everything Changes. Vintage. Buying a rundown motel and tearooms to establish an off-grid retreat, in Northland's Brynderwyn Hills, seems like a chance to start again for Collette, husband Davie, pregnant daughter Liv, and their disreputable dog Muzza. As this dysfunctional family starts to renovate their new home, with the help of Choir,… Continue reading April Picks