Monday, 30 May 2011

Some schedule ideas for second half of 2011

I will add these to the Schedule Suggestions list in the sidebar but am adding them here with a little reasoning.

There are only three books on the Miles Franklin shortlist for this year and all look interesting for one reason or another:
  • Kim Scott's That deadman dance. This book has been getting great reviews, and he's an indigenous writer who has won the award before. I'm very keen to read this.
  • Roger McDonald's When colts ran. He's from around here, he provided advice to Alan Gould and he's won before. I'd like to read this too!
  • Chris Womersley's Bereft. This has been getting great reviews too, and has already garnered some prizes. It's not his first novel but he is up and coming. Kate has read (or is reading) this in eBook version. Maybe if she can tear herself away from her river cruise she might comment here on whether she concurs with this for us to read.
But, what about some women writers? Cate Kennedy's The world beneath made a bit of splash last year. It's set in Tasmania. Or, a book by Gail Jones. I have yet to read her and would love to give her a go.

There are also some great books in those nice cheap Penguins, including books by Aussies Randolph Stow, Helen Garner, Robert Drewe.

Any other ideas?

2 comments:

  1. I'd like to include at least one nineteenth century classic - Trollope perhaps? Also something Australian from twentieth century - I know you read Patrick White last year or that'd be my vote. There are lots of of good suggestions on the list already though. Of course I'm speaking as the newbie here, obviously with a few centuries of literature to catch up on.

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  2. Sounds good Sue ... there are a few of us interested in 19th C classics. And, I for one, would love to do an older Aussie book, perhaps Christina Stead? (We've done at least three Whites in our history - could do more of course over time given he's our only Nobel prize winner).

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