BEST READING FOR SUMMER BREAK
KERRY O’BRIEN: A MEMOIR Kerry O’Brien
A Walkley award winning journalist, Kerry O’Brien has witnessed, reported on and explained life-changing events to millions of Australians throughout his decades long career.In his memoir, written with wit and great insight, he shares experiences of interviewing Nelson Mandela and being rebuked by Margaret Thatcher; reflects on lessons learned and those ignored and offers his thoughts on the strengths –and the weaknesses –of public figures..This tells the story of a private life and the world events that were playing out in the background, lived in the public eye. Highly respected over a career that spans 50 years, Kerry O’Brien has specialised in national politics for the ABC as well as the Seven and Ten television networks, and was a press secretary to Labor leader Gough Whitlam.
KILL SHOT Gary Disher
Author Garry Disher has written over 50 fiction and non-fiction titles for adults and children. His latest novel is ‘Kill Shot’. Readers of ‘The Heat’ will welcome back Wyatt, a thief who has been getting by on the proceeds of one-man burglaries where he can work alone. Then he hears about a corporate crook -about to skip bail to avoid certain jail time on a luxury yacht with a million dollars in cash, something Wyatt thinks he should get himself into. Set in Sydney and Newcastle, ‘Kill Shot’ is another example of why Garry Disher is considered one of Australia’s finest crime writers.
BRIDGE OF CLAY Markus Zusak
I loved this book! I became so involved with the lives of the five Dunbar and their parents that I didn’t want the 579 page-book to end. It was a bit hard to get into as the style is Zusak’s own –metaphorical and whimsical and occasionally allusional –but once you get past the first 70 pages it whizzes along. The oldest brother Matthew is the narrator, but it is Clay who is at the heart of the story, linking the past with the present. All the brothers are instantly recognisable by their words and actions, but it is the smiling Clay of few words who is the link back to their beloved mother, Penelope, the teller of stories and the lynchpin of their lives. A wonderful read.
WARLIGHT Michael Ondaatje
In their mid-teens, Nathaniel and his sister are effectively abandoned by their parents, growing up loosely supervised by a motley crew of guardians. Now, as an adult employed in the Foreign Office archives, Nathaniel is conducting his own clandestine investigations, gradually making sense of his teen years and discovering the undercurrents of deception and intrigue that played out well beyond the war years. There is fantastic imagery in this atmospheric tale-in the eccentric characters and the coalescing strands of Nathanial’s memories-set against a backdrop of London and its citizens racing back to normality after the war. I loved it.