October 11

A Room Made of Leaves by Kate Grenville

Few authors get me to the bookshop faster than Kate Grenville.  After The Secret River and The Lieutenant (which every single Australian needs to read if they haven’t already), all other authors can take a ticket.   This time, Grenville shares the story of Elizabeth Macarthur, wife of British officer and renowned pastoralist of early colonial Sydney, John Macarthur, the […]

September 27

Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld

This one teased me in book shop windows but it took me a hot second to realise Rodham was fiction and not, in fact, a biography. Talk about judging a book by its cover. Readheads, this is one of the cleverest stories I have read for a very long time and the question on the […]

August 09

Melting Moments by Anna Goldsworthy

Ok Readheads – I’ve just picked your next book.  Put it on your book club list and lend it to your friends and family.  Especially your Mums.   Melting Moments tells the life story of Ruby Jenkins, but really is a universal study of the changes that take place over the course of life.   […]

July 23

The Scent Keeper by Erica Bauermeister

I just snapped this book shut and oh Readheads, I need to talk about it! Sometimes when I finish a book, I’ll google the reviews to check if I have reading comrades or I am alone in the wilderness of loving or hating it. I don’t feel so inclined with this one because Reese Witherspoon […]

July 14

Writers and Lovers by Lily King

Ooh, you had me at hello Lily King and to really get your juices going Readheads, King delivers writers, lovers AND some foodie chatter in these pages so tickety-hoo-ha-boo, it’s a reading trifecta. This book is all about Casey and I’m going out on a limb to say we’ve all possibly experienced a little of […]

June 22

The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd

Ever imagine if Jesus had a wife? Sue Monk Kidd did and has written an incredible story about who she may have been. She was Ana – a rebellious, wip-smart woman full of curiosity and gifts, all glorious traits we want in women today – back then, ah, not so much. Ana was a force, […]

May 30

The Bass Rock by Evie Wyld

There is a quiet fury in Evie Wild’s books that obviously appeals to me because I nearly break a leg bolting into the book shop to pick up what she has written the sweet moment it goes on the shelf. In my review of  the award winning ‘All the Birds Singing’ I wrote Evie Wyld’s […]

May 17

Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell

What a cracking work of fiction.  Hands down my most enjoyable read of the year so far. Hamnet is a fictionalised account of the death of William Shakespeare’s son. Clearly I wasn’t listening at school, because I had never known that Shakespeare had three children (a girl and then a twin boy and girl) and that […]

May 08

There Was Still Love by Favel Parrett

This is The Indie Book Awards 2020 Book of the Year so attention needs to be paid.   The list of fans of There Was Still Love, and indeed anything written by the author, is as long as it is wide and I see why.   She is a beautiful storyteller. I admit I read this one […]

April 26

A Thousand Moons by Sebastian Barry

It’s the aftermath of the Civil War in Tennessee and “the time is so dangerous that the law is barely possible”.  An Indian girl named Winona is living on a farm with two soldiers who adopted her, their landlord and two recently emancipated black slaves. Released in March, A Thousand Moons is the latest from […]