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Sunday Tasmanian - - News -

With Christ­mas on the hori­zon, if you’re any­thing like us at The Sun­day Book Club you’re al­ready stock­pil­ing your hol­i­day read­ing wish­list (not to men­tion a list of books as gifts). But remember to take a bit of time for your­self at this busy pe­riod — and for that we rec­om­mend our new book of the month, Lost With­out You by Rachael Johns.

It’s a crack­ing read — and as part of the Sun­day Book Club you get it for 30 per cent off, by go­ing to Book­topia and us­ing this code: BCBT18.

Now, over to Johns: I was born in New­cas­tle upon Tyne in the UK but moved with my mum to Syd­ney (and then later Perth) when I was 18 months old. I was an only child so of­ten had to use my imag­i­na­tion for com­pan­ion­ship, which I think is great train­ing for a writer. In late pri­mary school I de­voured The Baby-Sit­ters Club se­ries but had no great plans to be­come an author un­til I turned to writ­ing as a form of ther­apy af­ter my heart was bro­ken at 17. past de­ci­sions, and the com­plex re­la­tion­ships be­tween moth­ers and daugh­ters. I found most of the books in high school a strug­gle but then I read Great Ex­pec­ta­tions by Charles Dick­ens and the char­ac­ter of Miss Hav­isham re­ally spoke to me. Since then I’ve been fas­ci­nated by the com­plex­i­ties of char­ac­ter and I love ex­plor­ing how peo­ple’s cir­cum­stances have af­fected them in my own nov­els. “Life lit” ex­plores mod­ern-day re­la­tion­ships — not nec­es­sar­ily just ro­man­tic ones, but also those be­tween fam­ily, friends and even strangers — and con­tem­po­rary is­sues. It was time to cre­ate a bet­ter name for books like Lost With­out You that are writ­ten by women and look at hu­man re­la­tion­ships. They’re of­ten re­ferred to by book­sell­ers as “women’s fic­tion” or even “chick-lit” but they’re read by men as well as women, and look at is­sues that af­fect all peo­ple. There’s no “men’s fic­tion”! It’s sim­ply “fic­tion”. Trau­matic ex­pe­ri­ences bring out the best and worst in peo­ple and lead us to learn and to grow as peo­ple. Com­pelling nov­els al­low us to read about how peo­ple can change and grow, so I al­ways aim to push my char­ac­ters to break­ing point, and then see how they re­cover! Clara. She’s a 50-some­thing nurse who stayed in a dead­end re­la­tion­ship for al­most 30 years and now, fi­nally di­vorced, just wants a chance at hap­pi­ness. It was fun ex­plor­ing her re-en­trance into the dat­ing world! I’m an only child of a sin­gle mother, cir­cum­stances that of­ten cre­ate a spe­cial type ype of close­ness. This in­spired d my de­pic­tion of the re­la­tion­ship on­ship be­tween Re­becca and her daugh­ter Paige in the book. When a se­cret comes out about her mother, Paige ques­tions ev­ery­thing she’s ever known about her up­bring­ing and even her iden­tity. fun — I had a le­git­i­mate rea­son to watch all Molly Ring­wald’s movies again, and to down­load an eight­ies playlist on Spo­tify and tor­ment my sons with it. I was born in the first month of this colour­ful era and it was in­ter­est­ing look­ing back on the fash­ions and trends of the first decade of my life! I hope read­ers en­joy a few hours re­lax­ation and es­cape, but also hope that put­ting them­selves in the dif­fer­ent shoes of my var­i­ous char­ac­ters may cause them to think more deeply about their own val­ues and be­liefs. 1 2 3 4 The Bare­foot In­vestor John Wi­ley & Sons $29.95 Johnathan Thurston HarperCollins $49.99 The Bare­foot In­vestor For Fam­i­lies HarperCollins $29.99 The Sub­tle Art Of Not Giv­ing A F*ck Macmil­lan $29.99 5 6 7 9 10 Any Or­di­nary Day Hamish Hamil­ton $34.99 Mod­ern Bak­ing HarperCollins $55 Ot­tolenghi SIM­PLE Ebury Press $49.99 No Spin Ebury $49.99 Guin­ness World Records 2019 Guin­ness World Records $44.99 Brief An­swers To Big Ques­tions Ha­chette $32.99

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