On the 9th day of reading…
On the 9th day of reading my library gave to me:
nine ladies writing.
Looking for more great fiction? We’ve got nine fantastic titles to recommend, all of them written by Australian women:
Lisa, from Elanora Branch Library, thought about picking The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty, which she described as sort of chic lit with a surprising twist in the epilogue; argued with her book club over Sofia Laguna’s Eye of the Sheep, which they loved; and settled on saying you should definitely read Karen Foxlee’s The Midnight Dress, this summer. She said, “It’s a well written book, easy to read, and it has a plot! The whole book club enjoyed this one” – chances are good you’ll enjoy it too! I absolutely loved it, and if you love it, and want to enjoy ‘another chapter’, check out The Well-Read Cookie, where the delightful, talented Lauren shares her beautiful Midnight Dress cookie tutorial.
Online Librarian, Karen, read and enjoyed Tracks by Robyn Davidson and recommended it for the September online book club. She said, “in the 70’s Robyn Davidson moved to Alice Springs with the idea that she would acquire camels to walk solo across Australia. She had no experience with camels and no real idea about how to go about it. Two years later Davidson completed the journey, along with her four camels and pet dog for company. This memoir is a very honest account of her journey. It’s inspirational and also paints a picture of racism in 1970’s Australia.”
Shirley, at Southport Branch Library, recommended you try the Ella Marconi series by crime writer Katherine Howell. The eighth in the series, Tell the Truth, was published early this year, and brings Ella’s story to a close, at least for now.
Kerry-Lee. from Burleigh Waters Branch Library, recommends “The Red Queen by Isabelle Carmody – the last book in the Obernewtyn Chronicles is a brilliant young adult post- apocalyptic series, with a strong female lead in Elspeth Gordie. The recommendation comes straight from Isabelle’s uncle who I joined up to the library yesterday. He mentioned his niece’s book was due to be published this Thursday and I was pleased to tell him how much I enjoyed reading her books.”
Ronnie, from Upper Coomera Branch Library said “Caroline Overington is my favourite Australian women writer. Her journalist training and experience is expressed through strong and well-defined characters in contemporary situations and circumstances. I would recommend either I Came to Say Goodbye or Ghost Child to begin with.”
We’ve had some fantastic Australian women visit our libraries over the course of 2015 including Lisa Walker who talked about pilgrimages and writing in February, YA fantasy author Lynette Noni who visited in April, Mem Fox and Judy Horacek, who charmed the littlies at Helensvale Branch Library in October, and paranormal crime author Melanie Casey, who shared great tips on character creation with us last month.
We also enjoyed a visit from the irrepressible Sulari Gentill as part of our mystery readers’ season. If you haven’t already started Sulari’s fabulous historical crime series, starring Rowland Sinclair, you should add A Few Right Thinking Men to your summer reading list. If you’ve met Rowlie and his bohemian friends, you’ll be pleased to know that the 7th in the series, Give the Devil His Due, is out now and receiving great reviews, and that rights to publish the series have been sold in the U.S. and Canada.
We also had a fabulous visit from stellar Australian romance authors Anne Gracie and Barbara Hannay. Anne writes delightfully engaging Regency romances and I highly recommend the Chance Sisters series, which begins with The Autumn Bride. It’s full of wonderful characters, witty dialogue and a very satisfying romance. Barbara writes contemporary Australian rural romance (as well as shorter Harlequin romances). Her sweeping romance, The Secret Years, has both a contemporary romance of heroine Lucy Hunter and the uncovered story of her grandfather’s World War II romance. Perfect summer reading!
Now, we may have recommended it, yesterday as a film to read, but Sam, at Helensvale Branch Library, also recommends The Dressmaker by Australian author, Rosalie Ham, as a “quality read; it has a different charm with its dry humour and wit. The romance is interestingly played out and there is a sadness that tugs at the reader’s heartstrings. The heroine of the story, Tilly, returns to her small country hometown after traveling the world harbouring memories of her childhood. She is now an experienced artist and passionately starts to create wearable art for the townsfolk, whose quirky eccentricities bring the humour to the story. As individual stories unfold a number of dark and delicate secrets are released. But, it is Tilly who holds the darkest secret of them all. This is a fun, sad, entertaining and satisfying novel that paints a picture of the Australian outback and the unique communities that call this land their home.”
We had a lot of trouble restricting ourselves to only nine! If you have a favourite Australian woman writer, please share your recommendation in the comments.