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PERFECT PASSAGE OF PROSE…from a book I have read

Courtesy of Penguin The Boat by Nam Le, page 279 But the mention of land – coming even from her own mouth – cancelled out any joke for Mai.  She had been trying not to think about it.  From every quarter everyone now discussed, obsessively, their situation: they were on a broken-down junk, stranded in the Eastern ...

PERFECT PASSAGE OF PROSE… from a book I have read

 Courtesty of Fourth Estate  The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, page 142 On the day a plane crashed in Nigeria, the same day the Nigerian first lady died, somebody knocked loudly on Ukamaka’s door in Princeton. The knock surprised her because nobody ever came to her door unannounced – this after all ...

Elizabeth Costello by JM Coetzee

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South African born Australian citizen JM Coetzee is a Nobel Laureate and a multi-award winning author who is well loved in Australia. I have read some of his fiction before so was looking forward to Elizabeth Costello, the story of a distinguished Australian writer who travels the world delivering a series of lectures. Unfortunately for the first ...

PERFECT PASSAGE OF PROSE… from a book I have read

Courtesy of Allen & Unwin Lovesong by Alex Miller, page 59 The change had slipped over the happy simplicity of their lives like the change of a season, the moment when you turn and quietly close a door and retreat a little into yourself. She had watched Sabiha falling in love and not knowing she was falling ...

PERFECT PASSAGE OF PROSE… from a book I have read

Courtesy of Fremantle Press Boy on a Wire by Jon Doust, page 107 The door opens and Dorothy Price walks in. I haven’t seen her since primary school when she was one of the flat chests, one of the unchosen, ignored by Harris, the sleazy teacher of Grade Seven.  Fat Arty looks up.  I look up. Dorothy ...

Literary Awards

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Courtesy Allen & Unwin Do you take any notice of the literary awards and make an effort to read the short lists, long lists or winning books? Winning the award or even being “on the list”, whatever list it may be, almost guarantees authors dramatic increases in sales and instant readership. I must admit, do follow some of the awards, particularly the Australian ...

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson

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Those who treasure a beautiful love story will pick up this novel by Helen Simonson and never want it to end. Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand has been called, amongst other things, a romance for wrinklies; but it so much more. It contains everything one could want in a novel: love; death; compassion and greed; an unlikely yet ...

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