Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Schedule suggestions 2009

Here are some of the suggestions tossed around at our meeting last night (together with those previous suggestions in the blog's sidebar):
  • Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall (this year's Booker Prize winner. It's long so perhaps our summer read
  • Steven Conte's The zookeeper's war (last year's Prime Minister's Literary Award winner)
  • Rodney Hall (a book by him)
  • Alex Miller (a book by him - perhaps the new Lovesong??)
  • Patrick White's Voss (had been tentatively set for January but maybe Wolf Hall would be better for the summer read)
  • Kazuo Isiguro's Nocturnes (short stories)
  • David Malouf's Ransom
  • Jayne Anne Phillips' Lark and termite
Have I forgotten any that we discusssed?

What do you all think of these - and do you have other ideas? Marie, Susan and other farflung members - even if you can't come we would be happy to hear about any books you've read that you think we'd like to read.

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  1. From Celeste:

    Some recommendations from a friend:

    * The Female Brain, by Louann Brizendine
    * Jasper Jones, by Craig Silvey – highly recommended (or Rhubarb by same author)
    * The Rain Queen, by Catherine Schoales
    * Too Loud a solitude, by Bohumil Hrabal (1991) Czech author – described as a gem by very literary friend in SA – in public library here

  2. Please ignore previous nonsense - I was just testing it out! and it got sent....
    I was trying to say a book has been recommended to me called Raft by Howard Goldenberg, a doctors account of working in aboriginal communities and prisons in the outback - book group material? It's apparently sad but interesting

  3. Hi all
    Long time no blog.
    Would like to highly recommend The Missing by Tim Gautreaux. Set on and around the Mississippi after WW1.
    The beginnings of jazz music described such that you can almost hear it and feel people's amazement at this strange new form.
    The topography of the river with its backwaters and backwater folk, the townspeople, the new factories, the mozzies in the bayou. A place where the French seem to be almost as despised as the blacks.
    But its the honest straighttalk, philosophising really, of the working folk that really gets me.
    Have a go. I think you'll be surprised.

  4. Sounds great Marie. I'll add it to the Schedule widget. Music, the Mississippi and WW1 are all winners for me.


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