Author Archives: Ms A

October 10

Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney

In her first two novels, Conversations with Friends and Normal People, 30-year-old Irish writer, Sally Rooney launched into the serious book world like the Michael Jordan launched into the NBA.  Her books gave us an instant glimpse into the minds and lives of her generation and the world couldn’t get enough of it. And no, […]

August 08

Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family by Robert Kolker

Another day, another must-read for Readheads. This one is the true story of a family of twelve children, six of whom develop schizophrenia. Yep. True Story. Written by US Author Robert Kolker (think Lost Girls in 2013) and published in 2020, Hidden Valley Road was listed by the New York Times Book Review as one […]

July 24

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I don’t do trashy books well. I’ve got no problem with trashy TV and remain convinced that Survivor is the best show in the history of television but, for whatever reason, my tolerance for basic books is low. Also, I feel compelled to ask the question of whether there is a place for an airport […]

July 13

The Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose

What do you do when you ask two friends, both serious readers, for reading recommendations and they simultaneously suggest the same book? I’ll tell you what you do….you get off your ass and go get it. You don’t start editing your facebook profile or sign up to a new streaming service; you reserve your spot […]

July 02

The Hour of the Witch by Chris Bohjalian

There are many ways to break a reading drought.  It could be a week of woolly weather, a break from work or a raging pandemic with government enforced lockdowns.  Or it could just be the timeless allure of a great book. Like a hot bag of Uber Eats at the end of a long week, […]

January 16

How Much of These Hills Is Gold by C Pam Zhang

I can’t keep up with Obama, but frankly, who, besides Michelle, can? Every year, he publishes a list of his top 10 reads and every year, I head knowingly to the bookshop to scoop them up.  I could just walk in with the list but no, instead I choose 3 or 4 and wander up […]

January 07

Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

Everything about this book seems light and breezy.  What, with its throwaway title, cute cover and offbeat dialogue, you’d expect to find it atop a discount pile at an airport bookshop, not on the Booker prize longlist. But maybe that’s the point. Such a Fun Age is about racism and class, told through the story […]

December 06

Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart

Your Christmas reading list is sorted. After months of disappointing starts, I’ve finally found a book that I can recommend with all my heart. Shuggie Bain is a once in a generation novel that tells the simple story of a son’s devotion to his alcoholic mother. Set in Glasgow in the 1980s, where the mines […]

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 […]

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.   […]