27 May 2022 | Adult Fiction

In conversation with Hanya Yanagihara

I went out with my bookclub one night this week to hear American author Hanya Yanagihara in conversation with writer Benjamin Law at the Capitol Theatre, part of the Melbourne Writers Festival. Yanagihara is the author of three novels, and she was here in Australia to discuss her third novel, To Paradise. This is a…

The Stella longlist 2022

Earlier this week, I attended the announcement of the Stella Prize longlist on behalf of Springfield, one of Stella’s sponsors. Wonderful night for the 10th Stella Prize, a prize awarded annually to Australian women and non-binary writers – the descriptions of each of the 12 longlisted books made me want to read them all. The…

26 November 2021 | Adult Fiction, Giveaway

Devotion by Hannah Kent – book review

Hannah Kent’s Devotion is one of my favourite reads for this year. It’s historical fiction, beginning in Prussia in 1836 and continuing with an ocean journey to South Australia. It’s the story of Hanne, a fifteen-year-old girl who feels she is a disappointment to her mother as she’s not quite ready to think about marriage,…

5 November 2021 | Adult Fiction

Girl, woman, other – book review

When a friend told me that she was reading a book that didn’t use fullstops, quotation marks or capital letters at the beginning of sentences and it sounded like a poem, I knew I had to read it. Bernadine Evaristo’s book Girl, woman, other was published in 2019 and won the Booker Prize that year….