Monique Mulligan’s must-reads
This book centres on a group of women who find themselves imprisoned in a rundown, remote property surrounded by an electric fence. Reading Woods’ book was a visceral experience, creating tension in my body as I experienced emotions one after the other: anger, frustration, helplessness, horror, and deep sadness. It's a stunning example of literature, allegory and talent. Read it … but make sure you’re in a strong frame of mind.
This book is set in a semi-fantasy medieval Britain, long after the departure of the Romans, and in the years following the reign of the mythical King Arthur. There are dragons, war- riors, pixies, beasts and knights, as well as ordinary humans (split into two opposing groups, the Saxons and Britons); there are journeys, quests, battles and strange mists that make people forget. It would be easy to classify the novel as a fantasy/adventure and yet, it’s so much more. It is also a love story and an allegory. Defining it as fantasy is overly simplistic.
A sense of melancholy pervades TheOtherSideoftheWorld , a beautifully written novel by Stephanie Bishop. Themes of motherhood, depression, belonging and identity are explored with insight, resulting in a moving and memorable tale that will leave readers pondering.