Life & Times of Michael K by JM Coetzee

This book was the choice of our book club friend (Grim Tim). Through him I have been introduced to The Road, Blood Meridian, Wool. You get the picture – dystopian or depressing. Coetzee’s story of Michael K set in South Africa during a civil war reminded me of McCarthy’s work – beautifully written and disturbingly ...

Indelible Ink by Fiona McGregor

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Courtesy Scribe Publication What Christos Tsiolkas did for Melbourne in his Booker-longlisted novel The Slap, Fiona McGregor has mirrored for Sydney in her latest novel Indelible Ink. Both thought-provoking books take an uncomfortable in-your-face look at a side of Australian society that is not pretty. Fitting then that Tsiolkas rates McGregor amongst his favourite Australian authors. About Indelible Ink When 59-year-old Marie King finds herself ...

The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Courtesy of Fourth Estate The Thing Around Your Neck is a stunning collection of 12 short stories by Nigerian-born award-winning author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Adichie’s previous works include the superb novels Purple Hibiscus (2003) for which she won the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize Best First Book in 2005 and Half of a Yellow Sun (2006), winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2007. The Thing ...

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 ...