A friend­ship

My favourite novel

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Books - Ed­wina Shaw

CHOOS­ING a favourite novel is like choos­ing a favourite child — So­phie’s Choice with­out the trauma. The trea­sured books of my child­hood, the sweet melan­choly of Tove Jans­son’s Finn Fam­ily Moom­introll and the bu­colic world of Laura In­galls Wilder, are still dear to my heart.

Jane Austen and the Bronte sis­ters pro­vided so­lace and es­cape dur­ing my de­struc­tive ado­les­cence and their books re­main fix­tures on my shelves.

More re­cently, Favel Par­rett’s beau­ti­ful Past the Shal­lows, Mette Jakob­sen’s The Van­ish­ing Act and the nov­els of Su­san John­son have staked a claim to per­ma­nent space on my shelves when so many oth­ers are re­turned to the li­brary, or traded in at sec­ond-hand book­shops.

How­ever, He­len Gar­ner’s The Spare Room is the book I read again and again, find­ing some­thing new to ad­mire each time.

In char­ac­ter­is­tic style, Gar­ner tack­les the highly emo­tive sub­ject of death and dy­ing,

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